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Ok, I have 4 tire same brand 205/55/16

I only used two last year and kept my summers on. I drive alot of km to get to work and don't want to go out and buy 4 more cause they will be lucky to last two years.

So here the plan, I would like to put my two 205/55/16 on the front that I didn't use and get two used tire that are in good shape but are 215/65/16 and install them on the back, I will be using my old rim since they will fit, but wasn't sure with the safely and speed meter?
 

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Firstly putting winters and all-seasons at the same time is a no-no. :disappoin
I would rotate them around every 10K miles to get more even wear all around. The shorter lifespan of winters is the price you pay for better traction in adverse weather. If you really wanted to extend the life of winter tires, have a separate set of all-seasons on rims sitting on standby and switch them over in warmer spells where the snow has melted for a few days, then switch them back when the weather changes.

I am a little confused at what you are planning to do. Are you going to be putting on two used tires (size 255 65/R16) on the back, and are they all-seasons or winters??

Either way you are putting on tires that will rotate more that 50 times less per mile than the 205 55/R16s will. They would be 2 inches taller than the 55 series tires as well. To me that would be too much of a difference, that much sidewall would induce handling that would be very different than the fronts. You are planning on 8.5% difference in rotation, more than 2-3% is not good IMO. :ugh3:
Use this link to get a better visual of what you are planning.... http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
 

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Ok I did some looking around the looked at your site, I see I would be off by 5mph.

So I don't really want to go out and buy new rims and trying to go cheap and used, I found these tire they are 225/60/16 and some are 225/55/16. Will these fit on my 205/55/16 rims?

If not I will have to ditch out 200 more bill and get 215/65/16 or I think there may be other for 215/55/16

What you think
 

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Having different tires, especially on winter is really dangerous. Different tire pattern will favor water/slush skidding and uneven tire grip leading to lost of control. But if you still think about replacing just two tires, place them on the rear. see: http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/brochure/info/tmpInfoNewTireMounting.jsp


and

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/brochure/info/tmpInfoTireRotation.jsp


best of luck and drive safe


p.s. check the owners manual, they state which tire sizes are acceptable.
 

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Ok I did some looking around the looked at your site, I see I would be off by 5mph.

So I don't really want to go out and buy new rims and trying to go cheap and used, I found these tire they are 225/60/16 and some are 225/55/16. Will these fit on my 205/55/16 rims?

If not I will have to ditch out 200 more bill and get 215/65/16 or I think there may be other for 215/55/16

What you think
You do know for winter driving...the narrower the better. I wouldn't really use anything more than stock spec.
 

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Just put on 4 of the same winter tires in the correct size. :ugh3: You're trying to save a little money that could cost you 10x that much in the long run by using a wrong tire size or bad tire choice. :eek: When it comes to tires, don't be cheap. :headbang: They are the only thing that contacts the road & give you ultimate control of your car. :facepalm:
 
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