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Old 08 Jan 2011, 11:58 am
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Default 14"s wheel on an '01? Answer: No.

OE tires are too wide for the snow!
I'd like a tall, narrow tire for Winter.
My vehicle has 16"s, peely chromed aluminum.
I note there's only a finger's width between the rim and the caliper,
but the cast rim's obviously not the same as a steelie.
Otherwise it's getting 15" steelies with Winter tires.
I know this isn't what you guys normally do, and Summer tires will go on in Spring

Anyone had success with 14"s?

UPDATE: I tried Neon steelies, they WON'T fit.

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Some people are happy the way the PT handles in the snow...

Loving the PT even more today!
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 12:25 pm
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It'd go really good with some tall/narrow snows!!!!!!!
The bald, wide 16"s don't cut it for some reason ...

I could get off my lazy rear and try it myself.
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 12:27 pm
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If you want tall narrow, why go smaller with a 14? That also puts the bead closer to your calipers, if you're worried about that clearance. Seems odd to me to go with a smaller wheel when you're wanting a taller tire???
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 02:41 pm
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The logic isn't direct here as it has to do w/ availability.

the 185/75 14 is narrower, less expensive and more compliant.
And I have Michelin snows on 5x100 rims...
Moot as it likely won't fit.
I don't think 155R15 or 165R15 would hold up the car!
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 02:51 pm
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You're talking for winter use and mentioned tire height, but your last two tire sizes you don't show the height/width ratio. Are those 50'x? 55''s?

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The logic isn't direct here as it has to do w/ availability.

the 185/75 14 is narrower, less expensive and more compliant.
And I have Michelin snows on 5x100 rims...
Moot as it likely won't fit.
I don't think 155R15 or 165R15 would hold up the car!
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 02:59 pm
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You know what? By golly you are right! I need to rethink my winter tires now. Let's do the math:

185/75 = 138.75mm in height
14" / 2 = 7" plus 138.75mm height from center of axle, 7" = 177.8mm
Total height from center of axle = 177.8 + 138.75 = 316.55mm = 12.44"

165/55 15 = 90.75 + 190 = 280.75 = 11.05"

my setup:
225/50x17 = 112.5 + 216 = 328.5 = 12.93"

Okay, well I'm glad at least I have more height, but you were completely correct in that a 14" wheel with a taller/narrower tire gets you off the ground farther than a wider/shorter on a bigger wheel. Good thing I went to such a big tire!

Anyway, it was fun going through this exercise, converting inches to mm and back and forth...loll=

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Old 12 Jan 2011, 04:48 pm
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Tirerack has tire specs, makes for no math.

The 185/75 14 are 25" IIRC.

Yours are 25.9, so actually taller

a 195/75 14 are very tall 25.6"

A conventional size (75 series) likely wouldn't fit in the PT wheelhouse

Wider tires have less tread PSI so more flotation-
You can't even turn a tank on ice, even though it weighs
70+ tons, 2x a loaded semi. A VW bug with the old 155R15's, even biased ply
hwy treads will out do almost anything in snow, as there's lots of tread PSI.

Don't try to extrapolate to the dragstrip, outside MN/WI, they don't have ice tracks!

You want alot of sidewall; snow tires traditionally have reinforced sidewalls because it's more difficult to spot potholes, etc. which bruises a short sidewall or bends my nifty summer wheels.
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 05:26 pm
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a VW beetel that has beed bajaed and has 31 12x5's on the rear and 4 inch 15's on the frount will FLY through snow and hey if you roll it just roll it back on its wheels and take off
mine had the weber carb's the trumpetpipe 33x12x5 monster mudders and 4 inch 15 on the frount the sloppy 4 speed and a trick cluch you could get it stuck but you could almost pull it out with a yugo the solid bottom pan helped a lot kind of made it a sled when the snow was really high and yes i did roll it on a on ramp it rolled end over end landed on its side some guys flipped it for me and I drove on to work on the interstate it did bend a tie rod end btu that was all
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