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I have a 2003 Taurus (with aluminum rim) the tire size is 215/60/r16, would it hurt to use 225/60/r16? Thanks
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No, however your speedometer will be a little inaccurate with the different tire size. This link will tell you the margin of error. FWIW, if you want to go with something other than the stock size, consider some 225/55R16's. The proportions of the tire you asked about above will look sort of tall on your car, but this size has a fat, low-profile look that says "aggressive". IMHO, it fills out the fenders much better than 225/60R16's. Although, your stock size tires will be easier to find a good selection for, since 215/60R16 tires are somewhat more common than the other sizes. Cheaper, too!
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No, however your speedometer will be a little inaccurate with the different tire size. This link will tell you the margin of error. FWIW, if you want to go with something other than the stock size, consider some 225/55R16's. The proportions of the tire you asked about above will look sort of tall on your car, but this size has a fat, low-profile look that says "aggressive". IMHO, it fills out the fenders much better than 225/60R16's. Although, your stock size tires will be easier to find a good selection for, since 215/60R16 tires are somewhat more common than the other sizes. Cheaper, too![/b]
I was once recommended to try 205-60-16 for several reasons. Stiffer side wall with a 6" wide wheel, better in the snow than the 215. The difference in width is only 10mm(~3/8 inch) and the OD is very close to OEM so the speedo error is small. Not sure if this is sound thinking. But I thought I would throw it out and see if it would provoke any thoughts or comments. If anyone has used this size on their Gen 3 or 4 it would be interesting to hear their experiences.
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QUOTE (meezee @ Nov 26 2009, 08:49 PM)
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I have a 2003 Taurus (with aluminum rim) the tire size is 215/60/r16, would it hurt to use 225/60/r16? Thanks[/b]
I am running 225/60/16 on my 07 bull, the speedo will read around 1.2mph slow at 60 i believe. No harm done other than filling out the wheel wells just a smidgen better.
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hello, i am running 225-50-16 on my 06 with no problems other then the speedo error about 5mph the improvement in grip is well worth the cost imho
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Thanks for the replies
I shouldn't have a probably with the different sizes fitting on the stock aluminum rims just as long as I use 16's?
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QUOTE (meezee @ Nov 29 2009, 01:23 PM)
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I shouldn't have a probably with the different sizes fitting on the stock aluminum rims just as long as I use 16's?[/b]
someone can reply if im wrong, but i think 225 is as wide as i would go with the stock aluminums, and if your sidewall is much bigger then 60 i would start to worry about fender rub.

just raise the taurus a few inches and throw 265/70R16's on it! ahaha (joke)

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225 is the absolute widest you should go on a 6" wide wheel. You'll want something with a stiff sidewall to help with the sidewall flex too, especially if you went to a 60 series.

Even my 225/55s rub the right side inner fender very slightly at right full lock, but it's not a big deal. Whether or not that happens depends on the car...some will do it, some don't - it's very slight. I'd kind of expect 225/60s to touch, and I'm positive they would on my car.

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http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tirecalc.php

http://www.tiresizecalculator.info/

http://www.wheelsmaster.com/rt_specs.jsp

http://www.dsm.org/tools/tiresize.htm

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