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Old 08-18-2011, 06:55 PM
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Winter is around the corner, my tires are bald and its time for new ones. Would 215/55/16 fit without rubbing or should I just stay with 205/55/16? Anybody running 225s on stock wheels? I have TRD lowering springs. Thanks
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Cionide would know if a 225 would fit a 6.5" wheel for sure. for tires, check out the general gmax as-03's. Great warranty, and a price you can't really beat.
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On TRD springs and OEM steelies, 215/55-16 will fit fine w/o rubbing, and so will 225/50-16. Personally I consider the 225's too wide for a 6.5" wheel, but I know some people do it.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:18 AM
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Would the 225 stick out like this?

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Are there any side effects with going with a bigger size than stock on a 6.5 steelies?
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Originally Posted by Schmohey View Post
Would the 225 stick out like this?

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Are there any side effects with going with a bigger size than stock on a 6.5 steelies?
Cionide is right. 225 is a tad too wide for a 6.5 Wheel. Wider tires such as the dunlop direzza, or any yokohama, will look and sit even wider. The only real "side effect" is possible premature edge wear due to the hangover. Some say you loose traction in the corners as well and loss of stability with the extra "hangover" (for lack of better words) Then again the same can be said for those of us who poke and strech!!!!
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Poke + stretch = WIN.

I'd stick with the OEM sizing, really. No real reason to stray from that size with OEM wheels. Could increase contact patch, but no real need to.
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Tires that are too wide for the wheels will lead to roaming over rain grooves, and generally poor handling due to the extra sidewalls moving around under the weight of the car.
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Oh I see. I'll toss the 225 out of the picture. Even though it will fit like you mentioned, would 215s be too wide for the 6.5 then?

Thanks everybody for clearing up my confusion.
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