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97 wagon with ZX2 wheels- tire size opinions

Discussion in 'Escort Wagons' started by topstraight, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. topstraight

    topstraight FEOA Member

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    Have a 1997 escort wagon and have some nice 15" stock ZX2 wheels. Like the 15" look much better.

    But what tire size would be best? Not going to show, race or anything. Just want size for best handling,ride,etc.. What do you all think? THANKS in advance.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I would stick with the stock size of 185/60/15 since it won't mess up your speedometer.
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    Thanks. What about the 195 60 15's ? Gives you a little more width. Any opinions on this size? Also might occasionally use to haul medium heavy items.
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    That size gives you more width AND high. It will fit but it isn't the correct size. Weight capacity won't be an issue with either size.
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    topstraight FEOA Member

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    Which is best? Thoughts?
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had 195/60/15 and 185/60/15 on my cars over the years. I couldn't tell a difference honestly.
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    I run 205/45/17's on my aftermarket wheels but I like that rubberband look on huge wheels on these cars. For you I would say a good tradeoff is a 205/55/15. Enough sidewall to keep the ride smooth but still have some tire for more spirited driving. This size tire will give you a sidewall height of around 4.5 inches.

    Overall diameter compared to stock will be:

    205/55/15 tire will have a 30" diameter
    185/60/15 will have a 23" diameter. Sidewall height will be 4.37"

    If you like a bigger tire filling your wheel well then the 205's are for you. If you like the stock look go with the stock size.

    Contact patch for both will be:

    205mm/8"
    185mm/7 3/4"

    As far as grip, contact patch is one factor in many in regards to improving lateral gforce. Tread design, rubber compound, etc.

    John

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