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Old 01-19-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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Tires Questions

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Hi,

I have a Ford Focus ZX4 SE 2005. The tires on it are 205-50-r16 (size was wrong).
I am looking to buy winter tires for it, and some websites are suggesting I need 195/60R15.

1. Is it true?
2. Would the 195/60R15 fit my rims? How do I find out?
3. If the above are not true, what other sizes can I put on this car?

Appreciate it.



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Old 01-19-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
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You can only put sizes ending in r14 on fourteen inch wheels. One common winter tire size for fourteen in wheels is 185/70r14. You can usually find these pretty cheap.

Edit: 195/60R15 is a the most common stock tire size for the focus so that is most-likely why it is suggested.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:33 PM   #3
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Personally I would go with the 205's. After all the times I drove in the snow in Dallas, and in Colorado I had better luck with wider tires for some reason. 195's are good in snow for most people because you can just cut right though the snow, and ice.

You cannot run 14 inch wheels with a R15 tire. You either can run the same size you have now for the winter tires, or a 195. Personally a 185 wouldn't fit, but correct me if I'm wrong. Hope this helps man.
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Are you positive the tire size is a 205/50/14? To my knowledge no 05 Focus ever came with 14 inch wheels nor do I believe they could fit them due to the brakes being larger up front.

The stock size on the car would be one of two sizes. Either a 195/60/15 or 205/50/16. The first size was mounted on all cars with steel wheels and some with 15" alloys. The second size was for all the 16" alloy equipped cars.

I believe the ZX4 SE's all came with the 195/60/15.

The crucial thing here is we really need to know exactly what the wheel size you have is. Then we can recommend the correct size. Websites don't even list any tires in the 205/50/14 size. It would be a very strange size.
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Are you positive the tire size is a 205/50/14? To my knowledge no 05 Focus ever came with 14 inch wheels nor do I believe they could fit them due to the brakes being larger up front.

The stock size on the car would be one of two sizes. Either a 195/60/15 or 205/50/16. The first size was mounted on all cars with steel wheels and some with 15" alloys. The second size was for all the 16" alloy equipped cars.

I believe the ZX4 SE's all came with the 195/60/15.

The crucial thing here is we really need to know exactly what the wheel size you have is. Then we can recommend the correct size. Websites don't even list any tires in the 205/50/14 size. It would be a very strange size.

My bad. The correct size is 205/50/16 of the tires I have on the car now (all 4 tires).

On the driver door it says that the tires should be 195/60/15.

Would winter tire size 195/60/15 fit on the rims that I have now (205/50/60 tire size now)? I am guessing there is no problem to put 205/50/16 winter tires on the car I find cheaper than 195... right?

Also, How do I know how much thread is left on the tires? I am planning to buy used winter tires.

PS the car in question is a used car bought from a dealer a few months ago.
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Looks like your getting confused. Lets keep this simple... 205/50/16 equals width/heigth/diameter of the tire. 195/60/15 if for a 15" wheel. your 205/50/16 tires are for 16" wheels. your car could have come with 15" or 16" wheels.
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Ah I see.
Got it. So for the rims I have I would need 205-50-16 tires.

But if I buy 195-60-15 winter tires with specific rims for this size, they would work too on this car?
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If I were you I'd just buy snow tires the same size as you're running now. It would solve all the confusion, lol. This stuff always confuses me, so that's what I always used to do.
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ya some focuses usually the ones with the spi sohc came with 15 in rims and the z's have 16 i just got some tires and thats the size i got and was on my car before 205/50R16
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Ah I see.
Got it. So for the rims I have I would need 205-50-16 tires.

But if I buy 195-60-15 winter tires with specific rims for this size, they would work too on this car?
for your current wheels you could use 205/50-16 or 205/55-16 tires (the latter being more common)

or you can buy 15" wheels with the 195/60-15 or 185/65-15 tires which are generally cheaper than the 16"

if you put the car into the tirerack website, it generally tells you what size tires will fit.
http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterP...&autoModClar=S
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