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Old 08-09-2007, 05:42 AM   #1
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Please bear with me, being a newbie and all, but here is my question... I have a 96 SE with the stock 5 spoke alloy rims, and would like to have larger (wider and possibly larger diameter) tires than my present 225/ 60/15'*. What is the biggest I can go, without worrying about scraping?
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I'll move this to the detailing and appearance section, since this will actually hurt accelleration and braking performance in most cases, and is strictly an appearance change.
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Just my $.02, but I think a larger diameter will look goofy.
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i would certainly not go any taller, but wider i THINK you can run a 255 tire without problems. either a 50 or 55 series.

and i believe you mean 225/60/16

not 15
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I think you have 16s not 15s. I could be wrong, but that doesn't sound right.

Also, why would you want to go any larger? You don't need wider tires, just a set of high quality tires in your stock size. Unless you just feel like spending money for the look of larger and wider tires, theres no need.

225/60/16 is a very common size with a LOAD of tire options, everywhere from the worst to the best, summer sticky tires to winter grabby ones.

So. You still looking for a size increase or just a quality increase?
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Yes, you are right, I meant to say 16", not 15". I just thought the car would possibly look better with them being a little larger, or at least wider, but not so wide that it looks like some adolescent'* hotrod.
So, if I want to go wider, yet keep the same diameter, what size would I need?
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So, if I want to go wider, yet keep the same diameter, what size would I need?
Thanks for all of your responses.
this is a valuable resource when changing tire size:

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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Thanks for the link to the tire chart. According to it, I should be able to go to a 265/50/16 and it will be about the same diameter as my 225/60/16, but my question is will I have any tire rub at that width? Does anyone else here have that tire size?
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Thanks for the link to the tire chart. According to it, I should be able to go to a 265/50/16 and it will be about the same diameter as my 225/60/16, but my question is will I have any tire rub at that width? Does anyone else here have that tire size?
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I believe 265 will rub, 255 seems to be the max, some have rubbing with those.
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