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Old 03-20-2014, 10:22 AM   #1
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gonna be getting new tires, I use my wagon only for normal driving, I did find some tires I like , my question is,, original tire size is 195-60-15, the set I want are 185-65-15,,, what difference will I notice??????? thanks


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you wont notice a thing, the 185 is 1cm more narrow than the 195, the overall height of the tire should be the same. if the 185 are a good price go for it!!
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With a narrower track you have to remember that the car will not handle as well as the 195 series tire will, if that isn't a concern than no worries! Bigger contact patch with the road = better traction and handling.

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That's a std. alternative size, Dealer used that on mine when I bought it used. Cheaper tires & more availability in that size than the stock one at the time, sounds like that hasn't changed.

"Contact Patch" size doesn't change, only it's shape. Slightly longer & narrower is good for Winter & fuel economy, not as good for high speed traction/cornering (not an appreciable effect at "normal" speeds).

Tread design & compound makes more difference than the size variation, another reason not to worry about the size in your application.

Narrower can also be better for reduced hydroplaning, another advantage for DD.

"Taller" can be slightly less responsive, offset a bit by the narrower tread on the same width (wide) wheel. Taller usually has a more flexible sidewall, an advantage for fuel economy that detracts from responsiveness.

Overall, that size change is generally beneficial for DD use. Not as "sporty" but more practical.

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thanks all, I did get them today Falken,, I got them at Discount tire. 300$ total, all road hazard and repare and rotation free, for life.. I was really impressed with the service at this store..... makes me feel good some people still care to do good. anyway,, perfect install job, no shakes at all, glassssssssss smooth. and the way I drive I can not feel any dif. the tread patern looks like it will work well here in Illinois, next time you need tires try Discount tires;
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