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Author jwernerny Date Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:01 am Views 7361
Description What Size Tire Should I Run?
Category The Snow Tire FAQ Type FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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3.11 What Size Tire Should I Run?
This is always a compromise. The best tire to cut through deep snow is a narrow one. The worst is a wide one. Unfortunately, the best tire for lateral traction is a wide tire. So, what is your choice?

Another piece of the puzzle is dictated by the rim sizes you have or can get. If you only have a 16x8" set of rims, then you will end up running a wide snow tire.

Having driven several Volvo's over the years, I have 5 sets of rims of varying sizes that I use. This gives me a choice of tire sizes for different conditions. The stock tire size on my Volvos have been very similar in overall diameter. They were 165 15, 195/60 R 15, and 195/65 R 15. My “normal” snow tire size is a 185/65 R 15 on 15x6” rims. For running winter rallies in Canada, I have a set of 165/80R15s mounted on narrow, 15x4.5” rims. The third set I have is 185/70 R 14 mounted on 14x5.5” rims.

On my Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 I use 185/65 R 15s tires (yes, carefully planned to be the same as my Volvo). These are mounted on 15x5.5” steel rims I had modified to fit the car. [Mitsubishi did not offer 15” steel rims for the '91 and '92 Galant VR-4's, and the oversized stock brakes do not allow for 14” rims.] The original tire size was 190/60 R 15.

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