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Old 09-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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195/60/16 snow tires on stock 2005 ST

Has anyone ran a 195/60/16 tire on a 2011 or earlier Focus with stock suspension? I currently have 205/55/16 snow tires that are worn. Due to a good deal and the taller, skinnier tire, I'm thinking about going with this size. The overall diameter is 25.2". The largest diameter tire I can confirm as working fine is 24.9".


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Those should run just fine.
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Has anyone ran a 195/60/16 tire on a 2011 or earlier Focus with stock suspension? I currently have 205/55/16 snow tires that are worn. Due to a good deal and the taller, skinnier tire, I'm thinking about going with this size. The overall diameter is 25.2". The largest diameter tire I can confirm as working fine is 24.9".
My snow tires are 205/55-16's as well, the 195/60's are only a hair taller. I ran them last winter perfectly fine with a mild drop (frpp 1.5") So that extra .3" shouldnt have any issues for you at stock height. It may throw your speedo off some but if the deal on tires is that good, you should be fine.
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My biggest concern is rubbing the lower spring seat on the strut. My 205/55/16 tires are worn, so I can't make a judgement based on that.

If someone with newer 205/55/16's could look to see whether there is a good 0.4" clearance between the tire and strut, I'd appreciate it.
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Worst case maybe throw some wheel spacers on.
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Buying spacers would negate some of the savings on the tires, so I'll avoid that route. If I already had the tires and needed to make them work, that would be an option.
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I believe the stock tires were 185/65-15 for the older focii. I'm running that size on my 2011 so I could go a bit skinnier.

The 185/65-15 is just as wide as the 195/60-15 ... just a hair taller. You should be fine with 195/60-15.

In a few days, Tire Rack will be selling the General Altimax Arctic in that size. It's pretty much a carbon copy of the highest rated snow tire (a Nokiian). I suspect they will be excellent in the snow!
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