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Old 06-06-2013, 02:36 AM   #1
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ZX3/5 with 15`s ?

Saw one of each in the last 3 days . Both had nice rims...but they were 195/60/15 . Just....well....why ??? Is there any advantage to 15s over 16s , other than surely they`re cheaper


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Old 06-06-2013, 02:48 AM   #2
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Moved ya to the Tire section, you'll get better answers over here.


With 16's you have a lot better choices of tires. There's not many summer performance tires that I know have in 15" size, where as I know there are quite a few more in the 16" size.
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you'll have a smoother ride with more tire.
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Tires are generally cheaper for 15's as well. Plus, many Foci came with 15" wheels from the factory.
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Smoother ride ? Just due to aspect ratio ? At 60 years and not pushin` it like I used to , that doesn`t sound half bad ! LOL
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Yea. You hit a pot hole in the road at 35 miles a hour you have a 3 inch side wall, the tire will exorb the hit. You have no side wall from 19s or what ever the wheel is going to take the hit. Your going to feel it.
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Yea. You hit a pot hole in the road at 35 miles a hour you have a 3 inch side wall, the tire will exorb the hit. You have no side wall from 19s or what ever the wheel is going to take the hit. Your going to feel it.
not to mention in that scenario, that 15" wheel would probably come away dent free and the 19" would probably be bent to the point of needing to be replaced Those tall sidewalls cushion more than just your ride


If you are just a typical car owner getting from point A to point B, 15"s are fine. They will probably have a lower cost to maintain through out your ownership. Slightly smoother ride as well and little chance of bending the wheel its attached to. mpgs and tire life would probably be the best as well; due to weight and less sticky all season tires.

If you like driving a little spirited at times, a 16" would probably be the way to go. Lots more choices on the tires (summer only, winter and all seasons) and only a little costlier.

If you like higher performance, typically the stiffer sidewall of a lower profile tire on a 17" wheel is better, especially when paired with high performance summer tire. Cost is typically higher and the ride is a little more firm as well. Unless you are doling out cash for a strong/lightweight wheel, you will probably see worse mpgs too.
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smaller wheels are also light weight and you can stand to gain MPG with smaller wheels.
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Hi again Burnie!

All I can add is that those stock 15's came in two different styles, a rather thick double 5-spoke, and a prettier one with thinner spokes (mine were the plainer style of course).

The 195/60-15's would have been considered a performance size in years gone by (low profile compared with 70 series) and are better for a DD than real low 17's. Stock 16's aren't a bad compromise these days, more variety in tires avail. for them if you happen on those in your area.

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15 " is in many ways an ideal performance wheel size, as long as your gearing is set up for it and they clear your brakes. They are very light and the sidewall is stiff enough on low profile. Remember, the Integra R came with 15s.

15 used to be the smallest default size that performance tires were made for, now it seems the industry has moved onto 16, so today that is one limitation. For my Focus SVT, I understand I need 16 to clear the brakes as well.

In fact, I'm planning on autocrossing and I will probably get a set of wheels in 16 (my current stock are 17s).
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