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Old 01 Dec 2009, 10:08 am
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Question Smaller 15" Winter Tires on 2003 Limited

I'm guessing this has been asked already but couldn't find it in any of the postings.

I have a 2003 Limited Edition with16" rims and disc brakes front and back. I've read that it's better to go with a taller narrow tire for better traction and was thinking of going to a 195 65R15 tire (same size as the standard edition). I was getting ready to buy when I heard no problem, but make sure the brakes fit.

Anyone else agree or disagree with the smaller tire decision? One advantage is that it is cheaper!

How about the brakes? Will the upgraded brakes fit into a 15" rim?


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Old 01 Dec 2009, 10:53 am
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Default Re: Smaller 15" Winter Tires on 2003 Limited

If you get the stock steel 15" wheels, you'll be fine - they even fit over the turbo's brakes. If you can find a 15" alloy wheels (if you want that) that fit the PT, you're good - only the front turbo brakes are a concern on clearance.
Yes, narrower is better for snow.
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