Ok, i just bought some rims. they are 15x7 (measured width). Tire rack recommends 195/50/15 tires, but to me 195 is quite a bit to skinny. should i go to 205/50/15 or just stick with 195/50/15 or another combo? thanks and later.
I've reccomended the Sumitomos I use (16" HTRZ II's) and I'm not even sure if they're made in 15" or not... They're great for a max performance tire.. 220 treadwear rating, but the tread pattern is horrible for tramlining... and by that.. I mean I thought one of my new tierods had broken. I put my 13" steelies w/ the Michelin Alpin snow tires on the car Sunday.. and she drives nice and straight now..even brakes in a straight line. But I now I gotta slow down.. I've already locked up my front wheels 3 different times by accident.. I'm not used to having so little grip :x
go with 205/50/15s, decent sidewall, and if you get good tires its a nice grip too, i know i had those on my brothers neon, and now hes back at somethin else. BTW some rims are for sale...not good to any escort owners unless they decide to buy them for another car...lug pattern is 5 * 100
Okay I work at a Sears Auto Center...I did the math for you. Look at this:
OEM EGT 185/60-15 tire size is: 23.74"
Next perfect +size 215/40-17 @ 23.77"
for 15's 205/55-15 is: 23.87"
--> 205/50-15 is 23.07"
Its probably better to gain .13" then loose .7"
But, its safe to go about 1.5" in either direction, smaller or larger for the drivetrain.
The smaller the tire the faster it will make your acceleration, and the slower your top end will be.