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Old 09-17-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Not really, I just test-fit my leftover Blizzaks on my new 15" Voxx rims--they look pretty tiny on there, but they still look decent, and it should settle a little bit.
The tires cost me nothing (they were on the old Protege5), and I got 4 wheels, mounting kit with Gorilla splined lugs, and hubcentric rings for under $400 delivered. Just because they're snow tire doesn't mean they have to look bad.

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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those wheels do look real small but you are right for snow tires who cares
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:04 PM   #3
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Why would you get something so vastly different over the OEM size? It's really going to mess with your suspension geometry not to mention your transmission, odometer, and speedometer.

A 195/55/15 would make your speedometer read 8% to fast.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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Why would you get something so vastly different over the OEM size? It's really going to mess with your suspension geometry not to mention your transmission, odometer, and speedometer.

A 195/55/15 would make your speedometer read 8% to fast.
the S model came factory with a 195/65/15... when i went to my 215/50/17's the overall tire diameter was only half inch in difference... at 30MPH difference between the two tires is about 1 MPH... in my case fast.. when i show 30MPH on the speedo.. my actual speed is 31 MPH....

Comparing the 195/55/15 to the 195/65/15 the difference is 3/4 inch overall tire diameter.. which at 30 MPH is about 1.2MPH difference...

As far as being 8 year old tires... that is getting kinda old, but as long as they were stored correctly, out of the sun and the elements, they should be ok..

For reference..

195 x 55% = 107.25mm
107.25mm divided by 25.4mm = 4.22 inches + 15 inch rim = 19.22 inches

19.22inches x 3.14 gives you a rollout of 60.35 inches per tire revolution

for the 5 speed cars... (if i remember right in 5th gear with a 3.85:1 axle ratio at 30 MPH indicated on the speedometer is 506 axle revolutions per minute..)

so 60.35 inches x 506 = 30541 inches divided by 12 = 2545 feet per minute
2545 divided by 5280 = 0.48 Miles per minute x 60 = 28.92 MPH meaning with these tires over his stock tires his speedo will read about 1.5 to 2 MPH fast.. which is negligable...
as far as suspension geometry and handling... it shouldn't handle any differently than an S model with 15 inch factory wheels/tires.. it wont handle as well as his 17's.. but.. still should be quite drivable.

and with the narrower treadface.. they'll handle snow better than the 17's..
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As far as being 8 year old tires... that is getting kinda old, but as long as they were stored correctly, out of the sun and the elements, they should be ok..
Actually tires stored suffer from dry rot which usually occurs ironically in moister climates. All rubber isn't created equal and it's a risk using old tires so if you're willing to take that risk so be it. I personally wouldn't since I drive very pretty hard and ask alot from my tires.
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I have a 66' Mustang that when tires were new could take left turns at 35+ miles an hour and only chirped when hitting the tape stripe at crosswalk (modified suspension).

After 10 years of VERY low miles and ALWAYS garaged the tires LOOKED perfect but had the traction capabilities of wet ice. I would still take it out and do some safe panic stops to test. Can't hurt. Just sayin'.
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Close enough for me, also it was a recommended size on Tire Rack. Plus, they were paid for 8 years ago!
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Close enough for me, also it was a recommended size on Tire Rack. Plus, they were paid for 8 years ago!
The Tire Rack recommended size is 195/65/15.

Also, with those tires being smaller diameter then stock size, you're actually close to the ground then before...which may not desirable in heavy snow.
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Close enough for me, also it was a recommended size on Tire Rack. Plus, they were paid for 8 years ago!
The rims are fine, barring the properly sized tires are on them, 195/65/15's would be fine, but not 195/55/15. If Tire Rack suggests that size they are more of a clueless website than I thought, when your setup is so different than OEM it's not even safe. Your ABS calibration will be messed up, along with the suspension as I've mentioned.

Recycling stuff is never a bad thing, but you just gotta be safe man, especially in the winter.
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The rims are fine, barring the properly sized tires are on them, 195/65/15's would be fine, but not 195/55/15. If Tire Rack suggests that size they are more of a clueless website than I thought, when your setup is so different than OEM it's not even safe. Your ABS calibration will be messed up, along with the suspension as I've mentioned.
Not to mention the load index is much lower too. 85 vs. 91.
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