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Old 04-20-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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Exclamation Need help, tire rack wont sell to me

Tire rack will not sell me a 205/50/16 because its under the load rating for the car. I searched around and from what i see a 205/50 is used on the JDM cars, so why cant i use it on my car? Is there anything i can do here? Does anyone know more than i do about this situation, or possibly encountered it before themselves?

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Old 04-20-2006, 06:55 PM   #2
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probably just because the US is more strict on a lot of things, vehicle related.

Why don't you tell them you have a civic or something?
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:01 PM   #3
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Haha, yeah im sure they would believe me now....

But im wondering if its really that big of a deal. From what i read in the tires forum, the 50 series should be the better handler
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:33 PM   #4
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From what i read in the tires forum, the 50 series should be the better handler
I doubt you'd notice much of a difference, unless you're using these tires for some sort of timed competition. If these are just for daily driving, then stick to the correct size.

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Old 04-20-2006, 08:48 PM   #5
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Why don't you tell them you have a civic or something?
You are not required to even tell them what kind of car it's going on. They sometimes ask, since it's in their best interest to make sure customers order wheels and tires that actually fit their cars, but there's no legal requirement.

Just out of curiosity, what are the load ratings / which tires are you looking at?
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:01 PM   #6
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I was looking at the BF-goodrich gforce sports. apparently they are 12 lbs off. I just told them to go ahead and order the 205/55. Better safe then sorry i guess...
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:26 PM   #7
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I'm confused, why not just order online?
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:32 PM   #8
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Nice choice. I'm running those on my wagon. Though the load difference is more than you said.

Tire Rack shows:

205/55 ZR16 1356 lbs.

205/50 ZR16 1201 lbs.

Either way, I wouldn't think you'd be in no real danger running the smaller ones. Hell, the G-Force T/A KDW 205/55/16 is only rated at 1279 lbs.

What's the manufacturer spec for our cars?
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:40 PM   #9
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is that 1200 lbs for each wheel......? considering a BD legacy weighs in at 3400 lbs.....4800 lbs of load seems okay, unless im talking out my you-know-what.


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Old 04-20-2006, 09:52 PM   #10
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order online, shop by tire size or brand or whatever...not by car....then when you put the tires in your cart and checkout, it'll ask what vehicle again, but there will be an option to not disclose veh info. order that way.

disclaimer: I do not condone putting the wrong size tires on your car ;lol;
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:57 PM   #11
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I think they are just lawyer shy since every one seems to sue someone else because of their own dumb decisions. Not saying you are one of those people, but unfortunately that is what businesses are dealing with on a daily basis. besides, unless your car is lowered, those tires will look REALLY small.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:08 PM   #12
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I'm confused, why not just order online?

I did order online, lol... Oh well


Does this car really weigh 3400 pounds!! Holy crap! I thought it was only 3000 or something. That cant be right, can it?
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:10 PM   #13
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No, yours is 3100-3200 tops.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:15 PM   #14
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Hm i looked it up, i think its like 3090... Man i was scared for a second
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:22 PM   #15
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that's not even heavy.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:31 PM   #16
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I have 205/50-16 87V's for sale... around 3k miles. They are BFGoodrich Traction T/A's. Have all paperwork and reciepts if you want to see. Paid $110.34 ea.

Let me know if you (or anyone) is interested. We can talk price, most likely cheap as I want them gone.

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Old 04-20-2006, 10:36 PM   #17
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Thanks for the offer, but I think im going to stick with these since i already ordered them... Good luck with the sale though
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:11 AM   #18
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I've got Michilen Pilot Exaltos. Love them I think they handle better than any tire I've bought before. A little expensive. but worth it I think.
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Old 04-21-2006, 09:54 AM   #19
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i just ordered my set of kumho's on tire rack...called me up and said the size was wrong...i think name was JUSTIN....but i said i got a 97 LGT and i want it...period...next 2 days...tires arrived....easy as that....they probably want you to go to the correct size b/c it cost like 20 bucks more for that
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is that 1200 lbs for each wheel?
Yes. But the load rating not only takes into account the static overall weight of the vehicle + passengers & cargo, but (theoretically) the potential dynamic loads that cornering/stopping/etc will apply to the tire.

That's why the load rating is important & much higher than actual vehicle weight per corner. But the reality is, a tire rated for 1200lbs should be just fine on a 2nd Gen Leg unless you're hauling 500lbs of crap around a racetrack.


Though my question is still out there- Anybody know what Subaru's mfr recommended rating is?
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Old 04-21-2006, 10:20 AM   #21
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they probably want you to go to the correct size b/c it cost like 20 bucks more for that
No, I do not think they are trying to upsell. They just want to make sure the wheels and tires fit.

Having customers ship back crap they they misordered costs companies like Tire Rack a huge amount of money.
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:57 AM   #22
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Well he told me that for legal reasons he cannot ship me these tires, but offered to split the extra shipping charge on the bigger tires which was sort of nice. Oh well im not really worried about it, im sure im going to be happy either way... Ill let you guys know how i like them.
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:09 PM   #23
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Well he told me that for legal reasons he cannot ship me these tires
Huh. That must be a new rule with the last year or so.

I've ordered plenty of tires in the past from Tire Rack with no need to specify a car, nor any restrictions or laws mentioned.
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Well I didnt NEED to specify, but i guess since i did, there was no way out of it...
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Huh. That must be a new rule with the last year or so.

I've ordered plenty of tires in the past from Tire Rack with no need to specify a car, nor any restrictions or laws mentioned.
as did I just 3 weeks ago.
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