View Full Version : Tire question - Yes I searched

06-06-2007, 09:04 PM
Maybe I didn't use the right search words, but I didn't really get the answers I'm trying to find.

205-60-14 is my stock tire. Nothing much available in a 14". I want to get something very sticky (or at least sticky). No winter driving (California central valley). Lots of high speed corners on the way to work.

What sizes fit in a 15 or 16" wheel? I found an online tire size conversion calculator that looks like a 215-50-15 has about the same dimensions as stock, but I'm concerned about rubbing. 205-50-15 is a bit under and 205-55-15 a tad over stock dimensions. And then 16's...?

Currently stock suspension, but that will probably change, so if you have lowering advice, too, that'd be great. I think a Whiteline sway bar is probably a must.



Luis C
06-06-2007, 10:35 PM
205/55/15 = Good if the roads are crap where you live
215/50/15 = Stock, no rubbing at all
225/50/15 = Used this one once in my car on the front and no rubbing at all, car looks weird tho

06-06-2007, 11:05 PM
Roads are fine, why the distinction between the 205-55 and the 215-50? Does the 215 get hung up on shitty roads?

Luis C
06-07-2007, 03:48 AM
The 50 has a lower profile therefore it has a thinner sidewall (thinner if you meassure from the tread to the border of the rim), if you have shitty roads (like we do here) full of potholes then the 50 tire has a higher possibility of getting a bump... dont know if I made myself clear

06-07-2007, 04:09 AM
Gotcha. Thanks. Few bumps here (Sacramento, CA area), but nothing like I grew up w/ in Maine. Think a 215-45-16 would fit or is that getting ridiculous?

06-07-2007, 04:26 AM
If you start going wider than 205 the difference between rubbing or not will become tire & rim specific, making it harder to judge ahead of time. I'd stick with 205 so you'd either want to go 205/55/15, 205/50/16, or 205/40/17. The problem with going 215/45/16 is that it is not a real common size so your availability options go way down, same thing with 55.

As for lowering advice...the potential for rubbing issues is greater when you start lowering, particularly in the front which is another reason to stick with 205. I'd also consider changing out struts at the same time if you haven't done it already. Also have a little extra money set aside just in case the lowering turns up some weak links in your suspension.

I don't yet have whiteline swaybars but they are in the future. Just lowering, struts, and wider, stickier tires will make a huge difference.