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#4495080 - 08/22/17 10:29 AM Alternate size, will this work?
otis24 Offline


Registered: 10/30/05
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1996 Mercury Villager. Current size 205/75/15. Can I run a 215/65/15 tire on this rim/vehicle?
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#4495083 - 08/22/17 10:32 AM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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Check your door sticker for the load rating and see if your proposed tire's rating is equal or better. You lose load rating when you lose sidewall.

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#4495095 - 08/22/17 10:50 AM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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Not related (yours is a Nissan) but I switched out the 15" rims on a 2001 Windstar and went with 16" rims from a Ford Taurus... and 215/65-16 tires, and it handled FAR, FAR better.
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#4495102 - 08/22/17 11:10 AM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: eljefino]
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
Check your door sticker for the load rating and see if your proposed tire's rating is equal or better. You lose load rating when you lose sidewall.
that's right. Speedo will read fater than your going, car will accelerate faster smile without knowing any more - should work FINE, section width is only 5mm wider each side of the tire which is under a 1/4 " - unnoticable. You will notice the lower profile though. Tire will look tiny in the wheel wells - but who care s its a minivan.

Are these used or boneyard takeoffs?
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#4495106 - 08/22/17 11:15 AM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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The tire acts as a shock absorber. Going from 75 to 65 is less shock absorption. Keep your wheels and buy a better 75 tire.

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#4495111 - 08/22/17 11:19 AM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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Registered: 10/23/05
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Your speedo will be off by about 5mph at 60:

http://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Tire-Size-Calculator3/205-75R15/215-65R15?ismetric=False

You may want to use a size more closely matched:

215/70R15
235/65R15
255/60R15
195/80R15
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#4495112 - 08/22/17 11:20 AM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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Depends on what you want. Better handling is relative.

Better braking and cornering is fine, until you start driving where that tire will become shredded (pot holes, curbs, rocks, off-road, etc.).

I'll take better ride any day (more sidewall, less air) and tire conformity to the surface (more flex) because I go off-highway.

If you only live in the city on well paved streets and never hit a curb, go down to 40 series if you wish grin


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#4495176 - 08/22/17 12:35 PM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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Tell us about the incredible things you're gaining by switching to this other tire.
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#4495185 - 08/22/17 12:47 PM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
otis24 Offline


Registered: 10/30/05
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Tell us about the incredible things you're gaining by switching to this other tire.


Cost. The vehicle has 238k miles. The tires I am looking at are used. It is used to go to and from school. Highway miles However, if the seller only has two and not a set of four, its a moot point. I will replace with two new tires of the same factory size. The two rear tires are pretty decent. I will probably put two new snow tires on the rear as it gets closer to winter and move the two good tires to the front. In the spring, purchase two new all-season tires.
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#4495315 - 08/22/17 03:11 PM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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Registered: 11/28/08
Posts: 861
Loc: Oklahoma
If it's a matter of cost, and you have no other options... those tires will work fine.

I would assume you are not pushing this van to the limits.

Even if you were forced to run a slightly different tire front to back, it would be preferable to four old, worn, cracked tires all matching in size.
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#4495377 - 08/22/17 04:33 PM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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https://xa.yimg.com/df/villagerquest/Whe...p;type=download

Here's a chart of all stock wheel/tire combos for a V/Q

If you want to upgrade, I'd go for anything H rated in the handling package size of P215/70R15 97H

I've had a blowout at highway speed in my '01 with the factory Goodyear Eagle LS's with a T speed rating

Those pants we're never the same...

It weights nearly two tons unladen, you want to keep it on point

If you want 16's, there are many wheels off other cars that'll fit, or keep an eye out for a set off MY99-MY02


For all it's quirk's, stop by the V/Q Yahoo group

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/villagerquest/conversations/topics
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#4495393 - 08/22/17 04:55 PM Re: Alternate size, will this work? [Re: otis24]
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Registered: 03/20/08
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Loc: USA
Why do you want to do this? smile

If you can wait a week or two, DTD will be having their labor day sale, which will give you a good price for tires of the correct size.

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