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Old 07-17-2004, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Tire Pressure on L

The doorjam says 29 Front / 32 Rear. There is visible bulging of the tire at this pressure on my Impreza. What is a reccomended pressure for 195/60/R15?
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Old 07-25-2004, 01:29 AM   #3
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I just go by tire, usually max. Different pressures as suggested on the car do affect handling and ride some. Lower pressure means more traction and a softer ride. However, rolling friction and tire wear will probably go up a little, more tire heat build up too. They'll feel less stiff and will diminish handling feel too. It's all trade-offs. Just choose the ones you want and don't go too extreme with the pressure either. All-in-all don't worry about that too much, 29psi and 32psi on a 35psi max tire will probably be completely unnoticable to the average driver in any way.

Each tire is different in look and behavior. Picking a good brand/model of tire in the first place will give you better characteristics than you could ever get playing with pressures.

I personally wouldn't dwell on the little things like a few psi on a tire. Anyways, you'll probably run your tires through a wide range of pressures anyways as they lose pressure over time and you periodically fill them back up.
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