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Old 04-28-2014, 01:17 AM   #1
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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What is load index on these vs OE?

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Old 04-28-2014, 03:21 PM   #3
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OEM is 89. The tires I'm looking at are 92.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:14 PM   #4
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Is OE 195/65R15 or 205/55R16?
Except spedo showing higher speed than real (and odometer showing that car travelled more miles than in reality) you should be good.

Why are you doing this?

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Old 04-28-2014, 04:46 PM   #5
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Is OE 195/65R15 or 205/55R16?
Except spedo showing higher speed than real (and odometer showing that car travelled more miles than in reality) you should be good.

Why are you doing this?

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OE is 205/55R16, so 195/65R15 is the best sizing for 15". Unfortunately the tire I want is only available in 195/60R15.

The rolling circumference difference is 2.75%, so it's getting real close to 3%.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:03 PM   #6
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OE is 205/55R16, so 195/65R15 is the best sizing for 15". Unfortunately the tire I want is only available in 195/60R15.

The rolling circumference difference is 2.75%, so it's getting real close to 3%.
People usually say nothing more than 2% smaller or larger either way. Are you going for this tire because of price or its supposed to be an amazing tire? What you thinking? Share some details
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:15 PM   #7
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What tire do you want?
Our (currently my oldest daughter) 2003 VW Passat had 195/65R15 as OE.
Another option is 205/60R15.

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id bet that getting it to fit over the brakes would be tight unlesss you found some old forester wheels, maybe
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:24 AM   #9
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People usually say nothing more than 2% smaller or larger either way. Are you going for this tire because of price or its supposed to be an amazing tire? What you thinking? Share some details
I've always heard 3%.

I replaced my winter tires last October. The new ones turned out to be worse in snow than my old ones, so I wanted to switch back to my old snow tires which are now only available in 195/60R15.
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:30 AM   #10
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id bet that getting it to fit over the brakes would be tight unlesss you found some old forester wheels, maybe
I've been using 15" alloys from a '96 Outback. Almost all 15" rims would fit over the 2.5i brakes. In fact, I haven't seen one that doesn't. But yes, it's tight.
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What tire do you want?
Our (currently my oldest daughter) 2003 VW Passat had 195/65R15 as OE.
Another option is 205/60R15.

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Neither 195/65 nor 205/60 is available for the old Nokian snow tires I had. I guess Nokian's phasing out the tires, so there's only a handful of sizes available for that particular model.
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I've always heard 3%.

I replaced my winter tires last October. The new ones turned out to be worse in snow than my old ones, so I wanted to switch back to my old snow tires which are now only available in 195/60R15.
this is a REAL dumb reason to want a particular size

there are MANY-MANY good snow tires in the stock size available

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:29 AM   #13
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this is a REAL dumb reason to want a particular size

there are MANY-MANY good snow tires in the stock size available

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Care to share? If not, I'm sticking with my Nokians.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:09 AM   #14
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You can buy:
195/65R15
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7

205/60R15
Michelin X-Ice Xi3

205/55R16
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

There will be even more in autumn.

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Old 04-30-2014, 03:11 PM   #15
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You can buy:
195/65R15
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7

205/60R15
Michelin X-Ice Xi3

205/55R16
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

There will be even more in autumn.

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Thank you very much for your recommendation. I'll give Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 a try.

I was very happy with my old Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5. Switched over to new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 last winter. It has better traction on ice but worse in snow. Ice covered roads are very uncommon in Vancouver, so better snow traction suits my need better.

Moving from Michelin X-Ice Xi2 to Xi3 on my Audi, I found that Xi2 beats Xi3 across the board in all wintery conditions. I ran Dunlop Winter Sport 3D for one winter. While I loved the performance nature of the tire, anything over 5" of snow would make it lose its edge against studless tires like Xi2. Can't blame the tire as it's not designed for extreme wintery condition.
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