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Old 10-02-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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I like the look of having more tire on a wheel then wheel should have. But the tire size codes Im not so sure about. I got a set of stock steelies that I am cleaning up to use, they have 185/60/14s on them. I think I sorta understand the size thingy. The 185 is the width, 60 is sidewall, and 14 is the wheel size. Is that right? So if I wanted to go wider I would up the 185?
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yes the larger that first number is a wider tire. The second number is a ratio of the first to give you the height of the sidewall to the tire width. On 14s the widest street tire I have seen is 195/60/14, but I haven't looked in a while.
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Im checking out tirerack right now, would 205 be stupid looking?
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No, I think 205s have been done on stock 14s. Could be wrong though. It just turns your car into a rubber noodle. You can usually look up the specs for the tire width and it'll tell you a wheel width recommendation. Like 225 is 7-9". I guess if you want bulging sidewalls, go with .5-1" less than the recommended. I still had a decent side wall bulge on 225 with 7" wheels, so don't go too low. It definitely got rid of some responsiveness.
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I have 195/60s and love the way they feel. 205's wouldn't be impossible, but it's not ideal. 185/60s are ideal. 195/60s gives the wider stance. Everything higher is just for looks.
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I am running 205s on my 15x6 wheels. The steering feel is better, but the response is less crisp.
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185/60/14 explained:

185 is the width of the tire.
60 is sidewall height in relation to tire width. It's in percent (60% = 111).
14 is the diameter.

You should probably go down a step on sidewalls as you are increasing the width.
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as curly said, anything wide on a stock rim will look like a rubber ball.
Why not just throw stock size wheels on there (the cheapest you can find) and start saving for some decent rims? Then run something like 225 on a 7"
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Anyone have a tirerack code?

Edit: Nevermind.

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Any reason you're set on the steel wheels? They're pretty heavy for a 14x5.5 rim.

I'm running 195/60-14's on 14x5.5 Civic HX rims. I have nothing to compare them to though so my input is worthless.
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"reverse stretch"? wtf kinda wording is that?


I call it the "stuffed on" look lol. On my old race tires, I was running a 255-wide tire on a 7.5" wide rim. It looked fantastic.
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It will make the care feel terrible...
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I run 165's on my 10x5. Hoping to make the big jump to 185 on 12x5, but we will see. Don't want to get crazy or anything.
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Any reason you're set on the steel wheels? They're pretty heavy for a 14x5.5 rim.
They were free and Im bored with my refinished daisies.
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you can get nitto nt01's in a 205 55 14 more of a track tire than street though. here is a link to a good tire size calculator to use. try a bunch of sizes see what you might want to try. http://www.1010tires.com/tiresizecalculator.asp
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Going with a wider tire than 185 on a stock wheel will greatly reduce responsiveness. I like curly's comment about rubber noodle, it's accurate. Even with a 6.5'' wheel and a 205, by going down to 195 I picked up a lot of response and snappiness from the steering, though I did lose a tiny bit of overall traction. At least now I can feel the limit and not have to deal with it letting go all at once.
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For street use, 7'' wheels are all you need.
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For street use, 7'' wheels are all you need.
For what kind of street use?

I'm trying to decide if I should keep my 15x7's because I have no idea if I can find a tire for it that will decently handle 350-400whp.
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For what kind of street use?

I'm trying to decide if I should keep my 15x7's because I have no idea if I can find a tire for it that will decently handle 350-400whp.
You need stickier tires, not wider tires.
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You need stickier tires, not wider tires.
Yeah, no **** jackhole.

Lol, jk dude. I know, I am still on the hunt for a tire that I can use. Maybe some one with some experience will pop in here and spoon feed me the answer.

I <3 my kz-m's and I don't want to sell them because they are blowing limp dick at holding power.
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