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Old 10-10-2007, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Winter Tire Size Question: 215/60/R16 vs 215/65/R16

I am looking for a new set of winter tires and separate 16" steel wheels for my 2007 Camry SE V6.

The stock tire size (current) is 215/55/R17. When using the tire circumference calculator found here, I found out that the proper "size down" combo is a tire with specs 215/60/R16 which is also what my dealer recommended.

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However, instead of using the recommended 215/60/R16 size, is it OK to go with a profile size up? 215/65/R16 would be better because it would raise my car by 1 inch. And then I wouldn't scrape all the stuff on the underside of the car during the winter.

Aside from making the speedometer display 1MPH slower than I'm actually doing, is there any danger to go with a profile size up? I've received mixed answers from various tire stores.

Thank you to those who read and possibly answered.
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I have Michelin X-Ice tires and i think they're 215 65 16, if not 215 they're 205s. When i get them out of the loft i'll check the numbers and let you know ifyou're still intrested, but i won't be getting them down for a few weeks.
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Same question from me: Need some opinions with sizing of winter tires

It's recommended to have narrow tires during the winter in order to thread through snow better.

It mainly depends on the amount of snow. If your in a big city, the snow should get plowed pretty fast, so you will need some decent dry traction.

I'm looking for more opinions as well, but I'm leaning towards 215/60/16.
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In my opinion, the minimal difference that you are talking about is not a big deal. When in doubt I would go with the slightly taller tire. Keep in mind that it is metric not standard and it is an aspect ratio. So the difference between a 60 and 65 tire is nominal. 65 will give a slightly taller tire.....I emphasize slight, it is not at inch.
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Here is what I did: Winter Tires & Rims on XLE (pics!)
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