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Old 03-21-2014, 05:44 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a set of good summer tires. Only thing is I have the stock "15 wheels. I'm looking for a tie that's wider than stock tread wise yet has a shorter side wall. What are my options. I was looking on tire rack at 205/50R15 but the load index is an 86 instead of an 88. Is this something I can use or should I just use the stock 195/60R15 and just deal with the wheels spinning a bit this summer until I can get another set of wider wheels?


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In 15 inch, you can go considerably wider. I have personally ran up to 215-55-16 and I still had room to clear by a half inch or more from the strut. Don't concern yourself with load index or speed ratings. All you should look at 'specs'-wise, IF you are determined to study ratings, is the traction rating and tread wear rating. But keep in mind, many 'specs' ar a quasi-arbitrary number that the manufacturer itself gets to test and claim with little oversite, so 'specs' are 70% b.s.. With such little, light weight cars, load index is the last thing you would ever need to look at on a tire. ;)
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Tire width isn't going to help with traction, you need to look for summer high performance tires for that.

Not much choice in the stock size, look in Tire Rack for ratings/reviews.

(15" is kinda ignored with more performance selections in 17's, except for race rubber)
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Unless money is no object, get a good 195/60 rather than an equivalently priced wider tire that isn't rated as good. (check tire rack)

I like my Bridgestone RE960s.....
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I'm looking for a set of good summer tires. Only thing is I have the stock "15 wheels. I'm looking for a tie that's wider than stock tread wise yet has a shorter side wall. What are my options. I was looking on tire rack at 205/50R15 but the load index is an 86 instead of an 88. Is this something I can use or should I just use the stock 195/60R15 and just deal with the wheels spinning a bit this summer until I can get another set of wider wheels?
Take a look at the 205/55R15 Yokohama S.Drive. Great traction in a recommended size for your SE that works on a 15 inch wheel between 5.5 and 7.5 wide, it is an Ultra High Performance Summer tire though so not for cold temps. Click here to take a look http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....&affiliate=AD4
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There ya go!

A bit more width & a lot of stick.
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Yay! Now all I have to do is save a bit out of the next two paychecks and stick these on my wheels and go for some fun drives on the back roads
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