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When going from a stock 15 to a 16 inch wheel up grade, what tire size have people gone with.

The recommended size from tire rack is 215-60-16. It does have about a 2% spedo error. If I go with 205-60-16 I can keep the error to less than 1%. What , if any trade offs are there in ride and handling quality?

What tire size have people gone with? What did you like about the handling and ride. Or not like?
 

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QUOTE (nbpt100 @ Jul 21 2009, 10:04 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=741156
When going from a stock 15 to a 16 inch wheel up grade, what tire size have people gone with.

The recommended size from tire rack is 215-60-16. It does have about a 2% spedo error. If I go with 205-60-16 I can keep the error to less than 1%. What , if any trade offs are there in ride and handling quality?

What tire size have people gone with? What did you like about the handling and ride. Or not like?[/b]
The P215/60R16 tire is what Ford used with the 16" wheel set-up on Taurus models. The 205 tire won't have the weight capacity that the 215 model will have(the 205 tire is used on Focus models). You will also find better handling and traction with the 215 tire.
 

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Funny how this keeps coming up. Went through this a few years ago on my 98' Sable wagon. The Tire Rack was pushing 215-60-16's for some reason, but as mentioned are several percent larger. Happened to notice my cars glove box label, and clearly shows 225-55-16 sizing for export models. A bit wide, but same diameter as the 205-65-15's. Went with this set up and never had any problems.
 

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QUOTE (Sable98W @ Jul 23 2009, 07:22 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=741366
Funny how this keeps coming up. Went through this a few years ago on my 98' Sable wagon. The Tire Rack was pushing 215-60-16's for some reason, but as mentioned are several percent larger. Happened to notice my cars glove box label, and clearly shows 225-55-16 sizing for export models. A bit wide, but same diameter as the 205-65-15's. Went with this set up and never had any problems.[/b]
I'm running P225/55 tires also. My comment had to do with the question concerning "P215 vs P205" that nbpt100 submitted. The answer I gave was based on the reason Ford made the distinction as stated in a service bulletin Ford issued back in 1991(to my best memory). :salute:
 

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Sounds like most people like the 225-60-16 and only a 1% spedo error. It is a bit bigger. Should have a better ride and traction in theory. I think there are more tire options too in this size.

I am looking for 2001 and up Taurus/Sable alloy rims. I want the same center bore and offset size so I am staying away from Volvo wheels even though they seem easier to find on Craigs list.


Don't know why tire rack is pushing the 215-60-16 as the speedo error is 2.5%.

Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences.
 
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