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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2005, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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max tire size for 16

Went looking, all the info I could see are for 17 and bigger. Want to know what the widest tire in a 16, that has been proven to fit.

Ran into some new expenses, so new rims are a way off,and am having no luck finding any of the Magnum or 300c rims around here at a fair price...but tires are needed....so.....
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245/50/16 should work, but they're meant for an 8" rim. I run 235/55/16s which seem to be the perfect size for the stock 16x7 wheel.
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I plan on getting 16x8's in May or June of 2006, so since that is a one inch difference over stock 16's I plan on running at LEAST 235, for appearance purposes, possibly 245 if I can, but the tires I'm looking at are Goodyear Assurance TripleTreds and the Eagle #1 Nascar tires that t3h BUS has (BTW BUS, I love how the 235's compliment your chromes so well, but I guess the Nascar lines of teh trep have something to do with that as well, maybe the Grand Prix will have similar luck :P)

EDIT: WOW I went to the Goodyear website, and apparently their Nascar Eagles come as large as P285/60R16, but I would probably settle for P235/55R16. But if my dad makes me get the TripleTreds, it would be P225/60R16
Might get the Nascars just cause I'd get em summer time, so tread would be worn either way by winter.

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i dunno how much of a difference there is between 1st gen and 2nd gen.. but i have 235/60r16's on mine and there isn't enough room to stick my fingers between the tire and the spring perch..
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i dunno how much of a difference there is between 1st gen and 2nd gen.. but i have 235/60r16's on mine and there isn't enough room to stick my fingers between the tire and the spring perch..
I ran a set of 235/60/16 Goodyears a couple winters ago. They fit and functioned fine, but it sat way too damn tall with them on. Felt like I was driving a damn 4x4! Still have the tires which are in great shape, but I'll never use them again if anybody wants them.
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yeah.. they do sit tall.. i thought it was just me, mainly cuz i was running 225/50's before the switch..

it is nice not having to practically stop at speed bumps anymore thou
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Tire width is more dependent on rim width than anything else. You don't want to be running a tire that's too wide for the rim you have. As long as you stay within those specs, you shouldn't have any issue with rubbing. Avoid going with a huge sidwall though or potentially you could have problems there...
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Heh, 235/60/16s should only be 1/2" taller than 225/60/16s, which would make your car sit a whopping 1/4" higher....

I'm looking into getting the 2.7L gears and dropping to a lower profile tire for about a 10-15% increase in gear ratio overall. I'm thinking 235/55/16s or 235/50/16s if I can find them.
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Toyo T1-R & T1-S, 245/55 16
255/50 16, 255/55 16(a little too heavy for my taste)
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Spec.j...e1=yes&place=5
Going to need a wheel with offset between 35-40mm
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Spec.j...e1=yes&place=7

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I've used 235/55 16, That just makes the gap between the tire and sheetmetal a canyon.
Right now it has 235/60 16. Fits extremely well on the stock 7x16 wheels. I appreciate the extra 1/4" ground clearance, and reduced gap.
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My head hurts....

Ok, I need some help and advise about tire sizes.
My hope is that I can fit a slightly wider tire onto my factory rims. My current tires are 225/60/R16's
What size tire would fit on my factory rims that would have a wider tread without seriously affecting ride height.

Also what are the pros and cons of doing this? I know that wider tires should give better traction, but what else can I expect.

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Wider tire => better dry turning traction, worse hydroplaning risk
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Mine would too if I dug up a thread from 2005!

Kidding aside, the 226/60 tire comes on 16x7 wheels, which can't really support that much wider of a tire without pinching the sidewall inwards. 235/60 would be the max width you want, but you gotta ask, what do you really gain and is it worth it?

Theoretically, wider = better traction and steering response, but not if you use less than optimal rim width. You're much better off getting a different rim+tire combo, or stay stock size. I run 17x8 light rims in the summer, with 245/45/17 max performance summer tires. The grip and response is night and day from my 225/60/17 all seasons.

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Thanks for the advise.
I will keep my eyes open for some after market rims that will better support a wider tire.
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I've been away from Chrysler BS for awhile, so I think about what I'd differently.
After the Goodyear GA [god awful] wore out, I went to 235/55 16, which fit just fine. I was trying to fix the tall gearing of the 3.2. The costs were an even larger gap between the tire/fender, and ground clearance was reduced 1/4" [reduced winter traction, more wear to the airdam, etc.]

Trying to correct those flaws, while attempting to retain the better steering feel/grip, I looked for 245/55 16 and I didn't really like the limited selection, Toyo had 2 or so in that size.
I settled with 235/60 16 of the same tire that I used for 235/55 16.

Looking back, I'd run 215/65 16 winter tires on the light [18 pounds and change] ES 16x7" wheels, and get 235/55 17 on the 17x8" OZ Ultraleggera wheels.
Though I am happily surprised that the 245/50 17 size came back from the dead. and 255/50 17 is basically deceased.

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Look, MikeW is back and he managed to write a whole post without transmission ratios and numbers!
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