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Old 08-06-2004, 06:10 AM   #1
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What kinds of experiences do you all have with using tires OTHER than the stock size on your Bonnys (and other cars for that matter)?

I have now had a record 6 flat/damaged tires in about 2 1/2 months... needless to say, I am fed up with the patches on my current Goodyears, so I am buying a whole new set of something else. Aurora stock size is 235/60R16'*, a tad wider than the 225/60R16'* that I currently am using with my torque stars. Should I stick with stock size (hard to find and more expensive locally), or would 225'* be fine too? Thanks in advance -
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wider is better.
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225'* will be fine, but its recommended to go with 235/60/16, esp since you have Autobahn, you want V-rated rubber on there. I would mount the tq stars on the tires that came with the car...err unless those are flat

235/60/16 is recommended.
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I'd probably stick with the stock tire size if you want the same performance and handling. Bigger looks cool, but it will change your ride a little. Same with smaller. So yeah, stick with the 235'*, but get away from Good(for a)year. I haven't had any luck with them and the tire place I work at gets lots of flats and premature wear from goodyear tires. I'd say to go with something in a BF Goodrich (traction t/a'* are pretty affordable)
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Alright, the deal'* done... I bought a new set of Bridgestone Turanza LS-H'* in the stock size of 235/60R16'*. Holy crap, tires are expensive these days! I didn't want to use the tires on my stock rims... they are all Michelin'*, but didn't match (the two fronts had been replaced and I think the two rears were original).

I simply could not afford the V-rated Turanza'*, so I did have to step down to the H-rated... still built for 130mph though. In hindsight, I'm glad I went back to 235'*... they definitely have a beefier look than the 225'*, and take up more of the wheelwell space.
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I can tell you my experience with changing tire size, you should watch changing diameter quicker than width. From a width standpoint, if it will fit on stock width rims, you should not run into too many problems with rubbing or anything by changing tire width to wider (and obviously not narrower) before it starts to look goofy on that rim. You will also then have seating issues. By keeping it at the same diameter, you won't change your speedometer setting in regards to final drive ratio. A larger diameter tire will make it appear on your speedo you are going slower. Same for a smaller diameter, except slower. Your actual speed would be opposite and then hello copper
On my truck, I am running a tire that is three centimeters wider than stock. By changing the sidewall height, it is still the same diameter as the factory spec and therefore I don't have any speedometer issues. If 235/60/16s are hard to find in your area, consider finding one maybe the next size wider (look in the tire pamphlet, and look at the bigger sizes, and prices). You might find it is cheaper. Do the math on larger sizes, see what will come out to equal the same diameter. Three cm have not made me have trouble in the rain. One downside is that a wider tire will increase your rolling resistance, and thus bring down your mileage. However, if you are like me, you are more concerned about grip than .5 mpg.
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