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Old 12-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Questions regarding tire sizes

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I have a 2001 Focus Street Ed, which I want to keep through the winter and then get rid off. I need 4 tires but I don't want to purchase new. The standard size is 205/50 R16 and I want to pick up 4 decent used winter tires to last through the winter. I am having hard time finding them locally in the standard size. My questions are:
1) It seems that there are a lot more 205/55 R16 around. Would it be safe to install this size on the rim and drive?
2) What other sizes would be ok to install on the factory 16 inch rims?
3) Since I am going the used route, I may not find a matching set of 4 tires. Would it be ok if the fronts and back differ in brand/pattern/thread/studded/not studded?

Thank you in advance for any input


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Old 12-12-2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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At one point in time, I had a set of 205/65 r16 on my 2005 zx5. Didn't rub at all at stock height. I wouldn't go any bigger than an 60. There is plenty of space in the fender wells for the tires at stock height. Plus, the vehicle would look kind of ridiculous if you were to use a 65 or higher.

As for tire matching, I would match size and stud exactly. The size because your suspension would hate you and stud because it's a safety issue with uneven traction on the same axle.

Pattern and thread wont matter to much from a use standpoint, they will work just fine if they don't match. They will most likely just have a lot of road noise if they aren't the same.

if worse comes to worse, match the tires by size on the individual axle.

For winter up in Ohio, I use Sumitomo Touring LS H 205/60 r16 on stock alloys. decent tire, decent grip. But they are very loud and don't really have a good feel. You do get what you pay for when it comes to tires. Treat yourself to some Eagle GT's when summer comes around!
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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I'm running 215/55/16's on my car right now. They rub a little on bumps and the speedometer reads lower now. Other than that, I have no problems with them.

I'd strongly suggest getting a complete set for winter tires. You want to avoid having different levels of traction on different ends of the car from different tires.
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My winter set of wheels came with 205.55.16s, they fit fine and no real issues. I wouldnt have picked them but the wheel tire/combo was too good of a deal to pass up. I suppose it provides a little more cushion over rough winter roads but I'd prefer something a little more narrow/short
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I have really hard time finding any decent set of used winter tires in sizes 205/50/16 or 205/55/16. 205/60/16 look really huge (i put it next to the car just to get a sense). Reading the posts here, I get a sense that many have used 60's and have not had any rubbing on stock heights. Is that correct?

By the way, I remember coming a cross a post with a list of various sizes of tires that would fit the different rim sizes, but can't seem to find it. Does anyone have the link?

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I have really hard time finding any decent set of used winter tires in sizes 205/50/16 or 205/55/16. 205/60/16 look really huge (i put it next to the car just to get a sense). Reading the posts here, I get a sense that many have used 60's and have not had any rubbing on stock heights. Is that correct?

By the way, I remember coming a cross a post with a list of various sizes of tires that would fit the different rim sizes, but can't seem to find it. Does anyone have the link?
195.55.16 is about the same as 205.50.16, add that to the list. The problem with used winter tires is they will still show decent tread life after they have worn past their winter wear indicators. At that point they lose their advantage over all seasons.



Use this tire calculator to compare tire sizes

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
Try to stay with in 5%,difference in size


Tire rack has these new Dunlop snow tires for $340 after rebate

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
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Sammy - Lots of bad advice you're getting here.

Using tires that are mismatched in either size, tread design or studded vs. non-studded can lead to unbalanced handling, especially in slippery, snowy, icy road conditions. Unbalanced handling results in a vehicle that is hard to control and can lead to a crash.

Using tire sizes other than the original size will make the speedometer read inaccurately and if the vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes, can adversely affect their safe operation.

Remember, you're not buying the winter tires for the vehicle, you're buying them for yourself, for your safety. It's not how much you value the car that is at stake, it's in how much you value your own life.

http://www.TireRack.com has the correct P205/50R-16 Firestone Winterforce winter tires for less than $400 for a complete set of four, which is not bad at all - http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSe...ting=S&tab=All

You can recoup the price of the winter tires when you re-sell the car.

Good luck with it.

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