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Old 30 Jul 2010, 08:57 am
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I'm wanting to go to alittle bigger tire on the rear of my 02' Cruiser.I'm going for more of a 60's bigger rear tire look to fill in the wheel wells.I'm not thinking about lowering it because I live in Ohio & I do drive it in the snow.I'm wondering how much I can put on my stock rims?I was thinking a 245/50 x 16.I appreciate any info you guys may have.
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Old 30 Jul 2010, 09:53 am
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You already have the small rake (higher in the back) from just being stock. Raising the sidewall to fill the wheel well will also raise the back end that much more. To fill the well in a 60's sidwall tire height your going to feel like your going down hill all the time.
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Old 30 Jul 2010, 10:47 am
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Yeah that's what I was affraid of.I don't want to do that.I better rethink this.Would a 225/55 x 16 be a better choice?

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Old 30 Jul 2010, 11:25 am
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Actually, this is the look I'm going for.any ideas what wheel/tire combo is used here?

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I'm wanting to go to alittle bigger tire on the rear of my 02' Cruiser.I'm going for more of a 60's bigger rear tire look to fill in the wheel wells.I'm not thinking about lowering it because I live in Ohio & I do drive it in the snow.I'm wondering how much I can put on my stock rims?I was thinking a 245/50 x 16.I appreciate any info you guys may have.
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Old 30 Jul 2010, 11:38 am
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You might be getting a little confused with tire size. The 55 is the tire sidewall height. The measurement from ground to lip of tire. 245 is the width of the tire and of course 16 is the diameter of the wheel.

The stock tire 1s 205/55-16. So what you just asked was 245/55-16 which is just widening the tire and I'm not sure you can go from a stock 205 to 245 on the original rim.

To fill the gap in the wheel well (which you really can't do without lowering springs) you'd want to go to something like 215/60-16. Again, that would fill in the wheel well gap a little bit but also give you a bigger rake.

Hopefully someone will come along here that knows more about what your trying to do and give you more advise.

Really, there's so much wheel well space around the tires that you can't possibly fill it up without lowering the car down towards the tire.
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Old 31 Jul 2010, 03:24 am
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My educated guess would have to be 215/65R16.

I got this using the wicked StoneWhitePT2's wheel/tire set as a resource. He is running 225/40R18s Front and 245/35R20s Rear.

As you can see, the wheel well gap is pretty much the same. He, too, was afraid of creating a bigger rake to the look. The overall diameter of his rear tires is 26.8 inches. The closest tire size that I have found to this diameter (all the while keeping the tire mounted on our narrow OEM wheel) is 215/65R16 which is 25 inches. I've played with the wheel/tire size calculator and that's as close as it gets.

Hope I helped.

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Old 12 Aug 2010, 12:31 pm
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I'm considering going to a larger tire size as well. I've got an 06 base PT with 195/65R15 (factory) and I'm wondering if a 225/45R17 or a 225/50R16 would without any modification (other than getting new rims)?

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You might be getting a little confused with tire size. The 55 is the tire sidewall height. The measurement from ground to lip of tire. 245 is the width of the tire and of course 16 is the diameter of the wheel.
Confusion galore. If I'm not mistaken the middle number is not an actual measurement but a percentage of the width which is an actual measurement. This means that a 245 55 tire is actually 245 X .55 or 135 or so mm high. The stock 205 55 is 113 or so mm high.

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