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I have them on my 95 GT, so if the wheel width is the same, I´d say they fit. Can´t really tell they´re taller than stock, unless you´re used to riding around with low profiles. The ride is a bit more comfortable having the taller sidewall. I didn´t notice much drop off in cornering performance luckily.
 

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So they clear the struts no problem then? That´s great I´m sure the rims are the same specs, offset and width. No rubbing or anything? Thanks for the reply btw.
 

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Wow, I may have a problem then. I attempted to put a set of 205 60 15 tires on my 94 gt and they rub the strut. Stock gt wheels and a 4 wheel alignment.
Let me know if they fit on your 91 if they do then I will give mine a closer look.
 

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Birddog - what type of GT wheels have you got? Mine are the 7 spokes, I think in 94 they still used the 5 spoke fan swepts, though I have seen some with the 7´s. Maybe there is a difference between the years after all?
 

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Uh oh. How much did they rub? How close? I wave 3/16" spacers made from old rotors if I need to use them. Damn. Maybe the shape of the sidewall matters. These snows taper towards the tread so maybe they´ll be ok.
 

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That´s so weird because we´ve got the same setup. Yet mine don´t rub and yours do. Might be the type of tire too. If yours are the square-edged, that would put more tread out there hitting the sides. My Kumho´s are somewhat rounded at the edges which is probably why I don´t have a problem.
 

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How do you like those Kumho´s Zeemax? I want to get a set of Kumho Escsta 16x7s if I ever get new wheels (Mille Miglia HT3 16x7s to be exact
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Just to play it safe and money is made to spend I bought a full set of 195 60´s for the winter so nevermind, and the tires/rims are back up for sale. Thanx for all the help but I didn´t want to chance it. I think the taper of the sidewall is the issue here and even these beefy assed 195´s are cutting it close to the strut, so I think that these types would definitely not fit on a 2nd gen Escort. These new ones have the holes for studs in them Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
 

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James, it´s a decent tire for the price I paid. Great in the snow as I recently found out. Also good in rain. Dry performance hasn´t suffered either. By the way, these are the 716 type, not the 712 racers so the tread pattern is geared more for all season - they don´t have the racy look, but they don´t look bad either. I paid just over $60 each for them and got one of those ´buy 3 get 1 free deals´ at my local Merchants Tire. If I had to do it over again, I would have gone with the 205/55´s as that´s a closer fit to maintain the aspect ratio. The 60´s are a bit taller though it´s hard to tell just by looking at the car. I notice the ride is a touch softer, but don´t know if that´s due to the taller tire, or simply having 4 new tires. Size 55 going to 60 isn´t a huge difference...
 

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ok I dont Know if you guys can help but theres a guy that lives a few blocks from me with i think its a 93 escort sedan its lowered i think like 2 inches but it has that rally stance it looks boxy i have a 95 sedan i wanna make mine have that stance but i ask him how his looks likes that and he´s always being a dick so anybody have any suggestions?
 

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I put Falken Ziex´s on the Altima and they were great. Unidirectional tread but still excellent in the wet. A bit loud in the rain but I never had any problems with slippage, even in standing water. In the dry they would just grip and grip...
 

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A solution

Hello:

I have been also thinking about switching to 205/60R15 on my LX
for some time.

However I noticed the potential problem with the
small clearance between the tire and the perch of the front stock strut.

The best solution would be to get new struts which
have perches mounted higher than the stock struts.

Coilovers would also work but are quite expensive.

Since Ford Contour use 205/60R1 as stock tires maybe
its front struts would fit on escort?

R.G.
 

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205/55R15 are the stock size on the ZX2 S/R. so yeah....they'll work.
Some people have had rubbing on the front....others haven't..........
 

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I think that the real clearence issue is going to wind up in the back on the 2nd gens. The rear quarter just loves to rub on the tires if they are a little wide. There really isn't a whole lot of room in the back. I ran into problems up front first so I never even tried the back.
 

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Birddog:

Could you give more details.

What tire/wheel sizes you know will rub for sure?

I think there is a lot confusion in the escort owners community
regarding how far with the tire size we can go.

It would be nice to know exact sizes that do not work.

Another question: can we solve this problem by
customizing/changing struts/suspension parts?


Rob.
 
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