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Tire Size Calculator + Wheel Bolt Patterns by Gen.

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by 1Sleepy93, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

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    I would go with MadMatt's recommendation on the factory size.

    Personal experiences suggest that the "ugliest" tread design will have the best performance. Lots of curves and/or long unbroken channels running down the center of the tread perform poorly on snow/ice.

    The first number is tire width. The second number is height.

    The height (second number) is a ratio of width meaning, the wider the tire, the lower the second number should be to compensate.

    Remember that tires are an engineered apart of the suspension system.

    Taller tires tend create a smoother ride at the expense of some responsiveness, handling. Shorter tires tend to give you better response, handling at the expense of a harder/stiffer ride.

    Wider tires may give you better traction on dry pavement. Narrow tires circumstantially, may perform better in precipitous weather such as snow; wider tires behaving like snow shoes, spreading the vehicle's weight out over a wider surface area. (want the tire to dig-in)

    In terms of passenger vehicles, the smaller the wheel, the less options you'll find in performance tires.
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    The reason is because I have 165rite now/89 on the front and 175/70 on the back
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    I also had problems with curves and and unbroken channels and it's a headache especially during winter.
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    215's on an 18 inch rim? I'm trying to put 205/50/17 on my 93. Will they fit without any modifications?
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    Quite possibly not. That's way too big. 205/40r17 is the closest equivalent to the OE size. 205/50r17 is the OE size on my Mazda 3 for crying out loud.
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    Don't forget we tucking 215's at that.
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    I want a wheel upgrade bad for my 98, 14in with hubcaps ain't the business
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    My brother put 195/50r16 on his 98 ZX2, says it completely transformed the handling of the car. He originally ordered 205/50r16 but they just barley rubbed on the rear strut and the company let him exchange them for the 195s since their fit calculator said the wheel and tire combo he picked would fit but it didn't.

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