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Old 04-07-2014, 10:43 PM   #1
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205/50/16 alternatives

Sorry for such a simple question.
A 2008 SES with OEM 205/50/16 wheels.
Tire choices are limited, especially winters and I'm looking ahead to next fall.

For the sake of about 8,000 miles of winter driving;
Can I go to 205/55 or even 60/16 without any issues?
Could I put 15" wheels on? Say 195/60/15?

Or???

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Old 04-08-2014, 08:17 AM   #2
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You could, but remember you'll introduce a speedometer error. A higher aspect ratio for the same tire width and rim size will increase your overall diameter. Your speedo would show a slower speed than you're actually doing.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:26 AM   #3
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Thanks pfsantos.
I should have included 'aside from the obvious speedometer change."
I'm wondering more about other issues such as clearance, CPU etc.
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Check out this tire size calculator, or any similar one:
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tirecalc.php

You'll want to make sure the % error is as small as possible. For winter tires, it's also better to get skinnier tires, 185s or 195s would do nicely.
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K, OP, I see you're not worried about speedo. So to answer your question, that small change in aspect would be fine in terms of fitment in the wheel well. But I'd stick to the recommended size, IMHO.

Re your 15" option, Tire Rack does indeed show it as an option: 195/60-15. Maybe not a bad move for winter tires, if you get a set of steel wheels for them. Then you won't have to mount/dismount tires every season.
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If you don't want to go w/ the 205-50/16's use a 205-55 then. 205-60's are to tall & why do w/ a 195-60/15?
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Thanks, the calculator is a helpful tool.
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Thanks again.
I figured the 15s would be ok since I believe they are stock on the SE.
I can spend the next few months keeping my eyes open for viable options.
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felixthecat:
Thanks for the input.
Not sure what you are asking when you say "why do w/ a 195-60/15?"
If you are asking why I am considering the 15 inch tires, it is because the selection of 16 is limited and the price difference between 15 and 16 would more than pay for a set of 15 inch rims.
I'm talking minimal winter use here.
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185/65-15 is an alternative to the stock 15" size that's often cheaper & more avail..

Particularly good for Winter Tires when you want narrower & taller anyways. (same overall diameter)
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