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Old 17 Feb 2004, 01:09 pm
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I'd like to keep my stock 16" chrome rims but want to increase the height of the sidewall. Anyone know what will fit? 205X60X16? 205X65X16? 215X60X16? 215X65X16? Thanks!
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Old 17 Feb 2004, 01:34 pm
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The following links should help you decide

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

http://www.dakota-truck.net/TIRECALC/tirecalc.html

You should stay within plus or minus 3% of the original tire height.

The 205/65/16 would give you a sidewall height approx. 4.84 inches (overall height 25.7) compared to the 4.44 inches of the 205/55/16 stock tire (overall height 24.9). This would be my reccomendation, it is within the 3%.

The 215/60/16 would give you a sidewall height approx. 5.00 inches but overall height would be 26.2 inches and beyond the 3%.

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Old 23 Feb 2004, 01:22 am
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namvetmike, I've been running 215x60x16, with aftermarket rims, on my 2001 Ltd Taupe for two years and have been very satisfied with the look and the ride. Minimum clearance (about the thickness of a credit card) between the front strut and the top of the tire.
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quote:Minimum clearance (about the thickness of a credit card) between the front strut and the top of the tire
WOW....I thought 3/16" was cutting it close on my tire /wheel combo.
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