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 Post subject: Can I upsize tires from 185 to 205 safely?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:53 pm 
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My first post, and let me thank all of you for your time and efforts in sharing this valuable information on a great little car.
I've read most of the posts, but I have a bit of a different situation. I have an 04 Dodge SX 2.0 (they renamed it in Canada), and it came with the 7 spoke alloy rims and 185/60 15 tires. I have a used set of Michelins from a previous car, they are 205/60 15, and am wondering if I can put then on the car without fear of rubbing the struts or wheel wells, or causing any issues with the onboard computer. (No ABS on this car). According to the tire size calculators on the web, I will end up with 1 inch higher and 3/4 inch wider, and a speedo difference of almost 4%. (So at 60mph I will actually be doing 57.7mph). I've read many posts saying that larger tires are not an issue, but just wanted to know if anybody is running this size. Thanks.


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I'm running 195/60 15s. Not much help I'll be but you should be fine. Ask the local tire shop for additional help too.

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A 205/60/15 is going to be pretty tall compared to stock. A popular size with a 205 width is a 205/55/15 or 205/50/15. Both of these sizes will fit on the stock.

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I'm running 205/50/16 on mine...


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i got 205/55/16's on mine

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danman132x wrote:
I'm running 205/50/16 on mine...


I just put this size on mine and they are rubbing on the inner tire on the rears. I started a thread asking if I can safely put shims in to move the rims out a few millimeters.

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Shims are never a good idea.
To the OP, your tires will be too tall (as others have pointed out) and will likely rub your struts (possibly what's happening to Mark. Because the perches are 3/4" higher up the strut body, running SRT struts can cure this.... Of course, so can shorter tires. SRT tires are 205/50/17 (IIRC) stock, which was too tall to clear the regular Neon struts, hence the lifted perches (and shorter springs correspondingly).

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I have about an inch clearance to my struts. The tires are rubbing on the inside, not the top (control arms ?).

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You need wheels with less offset to clear the actual struts if that's your problem.

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Sounds like I will encounter issues that I dont want to deal with, so I'm going to stay away from the 205/60/15's and stick with either the standard size of 185/60/15 or as that seems to be a hard size to locate up here, it's been suggested by several tire dealers that 195/60/15's are just as good. Thank you all for your feedback.


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I ended up getting a nice used set of 195/50/16 Dunlops to work with the offset on my rims.
My problem is solved.

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I ran 205/60/15 with a set of tires. I would stick with 205/55/15 tho.

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Sorry about a small thread jack, but will 205/55 r15's work with the stock snow flakes and Tokico Blue struts and suspension techniques springs that have lowered about an inch?

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Sorry about a small thread jack, but will 205/55 r15's work with the stock snow flakes and Tokico Blue struts and suspension techniques springs that have lowered about an inch?

Threadjack answer: yes. I'm running 195/60/15 on stock snowflakes in the winter and 205/50/R15 on 15" Rotas for the summer (the winter tires are about 3/4"-1" taller than the summer tires). Plenty of clearance for both sets and I'm running Tokiko Blues w/ Kazera springs (1.5" drop all around). You'll be fine. 8)

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Awesome, tire shopping here I come!

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I am currently running 205/60/15's Michelin Hydroedges on my stock snowflakes and they don't rub at, close to it though.

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You'll be fine. I run 205 50 15 with +30 rims with no issues. Unless you had rims with some really high offset, you should be ok. By the way I don't have abs either.

Your speedo and odometer will be slightly off also. If you're putting these tires on the same rim as the 185s, the overall tire height will be slightly higher.

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