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    What will fit?

    Will 225-50-R16" fit without rubbing? On stock six spoke rims. Thanks for any help.

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    Re: What will fit?

    Yes.
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    Re: What will fit?

    That's what I run. Speedometer is dead on.
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    Re: What will fit?

    How about 225-60-R16?

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    Re: What will fit?

    I'm running 225/50/16s in the summer and 205/60/15s here in the winter. a 225-60-16 is going to throw your speedometer off pretty good, though. it's calibrated for 215/50/16s.
    check out the difference... that's 65MPH at an indicated 60, 76 at 70. liveable, but way off.

    From the FAQ :

    ''Will 225/50/16 tires fit my stock 16" wheels? - Yes they will. This has been commonly done as it seems the 225/50/16 series tires are slightly cheaper and easier to find than the 215/50 series.

    I'm looking to get larger rims, What size tires will I need to buy?
    - This is known as plus sizing.
    For 17 inch wheels 225/45 17 inch tires, 215/45/17 inch tires or the factory 215/50 17 inch (based off of tirerack.com) tires are normally recommended.
    For 18 inch wheels 225/40 18 inch tires or 215/40 18 inch tires are normally recommended.
    For 19 inch wheels 225/35 19 inch tires is normally recommended.

    Please note that these tire sizes are recommended for closest factory ratio, comfort and appearance. Going with a smaller sidewall ratio (the second series of numbers on the tire size) will greatly affect comfort.''
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    Re: What will fit?

    Now you have me curious...why the two different sizes for summer/winter?

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    Re: What will fit?

    two sets of tires. they came with the car when I bought it used. ...I'm not entirely sure about this, but thinner tires = better for snow grip, apparently. it's all very confusing so don't quote me on that!
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    Re: What will fit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joeyisamadman View Post
    two sets of tires. they came with the car when I bought it used. ...I'm not entirely sure about this, but thinner tires = better for snow grip, apparently. it's all very confusing so don't quote me on that!
    Thinner tires equals a smaller contact patch with the road, and therefore more pressure per inch on the tire to road contact area. This will allow the tire to push and cut through snow and slush a little more, and/or gives your tires a little more bite in "deeper" snow. A wider tire will float more and in slushy situations hydroplane easier, which is really what most us are dealing with on the roads in the winter. This logic applies to typical on road situations, for offroad situations like driving a truck in the woods, an extra wide tire is preferred so you can actually try to float over the deep snow and not bury you truck in 2 feet of snow as are packing down the fresh powder. Although obviously you would never attempt something like that in a cougar.
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    Re: What will fit?

    Quote Originally Posted by nadthomas View Post
    Thinner tires equals a smaller contact patch with the road, and therefore more pressure per inch on the tire to road contact area. This will allow the tire to push and cut through snow and slush a little more, and/or gives your tires a little more bite in "deeper" snow. A wider tire will float more and in slushy situations hydroplane easier, which is really what most us are dealing with on the roads in the winter. This logic applies to typical on road situations, for offroad situations like driving a truck in the woods, an extra wide tire is preferred so you can actually try to float over the deep snow and not bury you truck in 2 feet of snow as are packing down the fresh powder. Although obviously you would never attempt something like that in a cougar.
    Wow, sweet breakdown. thanks!

    ...what about ice?
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    Re: What will fit?

    You can't push through ice to the road surface, so that's mostly about rubber compound. Or studs.
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