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Old 20 Sep 2014, 11:54 am
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Im thinking about going with the Neon srt-4 17"s for my daily driver 2008 cruiser. (Non turbo)

I found a set but with no tires.

I see the oem tire size is set
205/50/17 and the recommended plus size tire is 225/45/17.

I know nothing about tire sizes so excuse me for that but I know a guy who has a brand new set of 215/50/17. I think their cooper and he wants 150.00 for the set

How does the 215/50 compare to the others? Im looking for the best tire size for daily driving and with winter coming up, to go through the snow. Not sure if tire size makes a difference in snow. Probably does. I think I would prefer a higher profile tire.
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 12:06 pm
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Of the tire sizes you mentioned, 205/50/17 would be best for winter driving so the 215 is 10mm wider. 10 mm is about the length of piece of rice, very little. So, if the guy selling the 215 has tires with plenty of tread life and they are "All Season" rated, go for it.......but make sure they ARE "ALL SEASON" tires.
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My plan is to use 15" steels for a pair of studded snow tires for mine. Wide profile tires are not the best choice for snow. The tires are a lot cheaper in this size to.

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Old 20 Sep 2014, 02:16 pm
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I see the oem tire size is set
205/50/17 and the recommended plus size tire is 225/45/17.

How does the 215/50 compare to the others?
The 215/50 has a whisker more radius, about 1/8" closer to rubbing on the spring bottom. But it will clear.
Since the circumference is slightly greater, the speedo will under report 1 mph less at 60mph. Your price is good and the negative trade offs are pretty minor so the size is not a deal killer.
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