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Old 10-20-2008, 08:25 AM   #1
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94 Aero 205/50/16s - 98 Aero Rims

Checking on if there would be rubbing issues on an 94 Aero with 205/50/16s, currently running stock 205/55/16s. Read up to 8% speedo off, anyone else concur?
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:32 AM   #2
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why would you want a taller sidewall? Just curious...I think 205/55 look a bit baloon-like as-is.

I doubt there will be much issue since you're not making the tire any wider. My car is lowered and "tucks tire" with 225 width tires, and I get no rubbing. With factory wheels you'll probably be just fine with the tall sides.
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Yea 60 seems a bit big......what is the purpose?
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Looking for a summer handling tire, considering getting it and storing until the spring/summer. Considering it for autoX or track.

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Looking for a summer handling tire, considering getting it and storing until the spring/summer. Considering it for autoX or track.
In that case getting a taller sidewall is not in your best interest. You should get a lower aspect ratio tire, like 205/50, 215/45, 225/45

If you're looking for the best performance size for 16" wheels on a 9000 the 224/45 should kick ass, as long as your tire selection is good (Falken Azenis 612, Dunlop Z1 Star Spec, etc).

Lower sidewall = less inherant sidewall flex. That said, the quaility and design of the tires also plays a big part in how much the sidewall flex, but if you want the best performance go lower, not higher.
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i got giant tires on my 15's and i hate them it looks ridiculous next to any other saab but thats how it came and im broke and i need new suspension BAD

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Old 10-20-2008, 04:40 PM   #7
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My bad, meant to say 50s and not 60s, 205/50/16s on 98 Super Aeros.

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yup i run 205/50/16 on the super aeros with the exposed lug bolts.. No issues at all.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:10 PM   #9
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Oh, yes 205 50 = good. I have run 205/50 16 tires with 200 treadwear, and they do not perform as well as the 225/50 16 tires that I have now. I'd suggest going wider.

We ran 215/45 on the 24 hours of lemons car, and it was really responsive, those were Falken Azenis, prety damn good tires. If it was more of a common size I'd go with 225/45 16 for my next set.
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:02 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the Input - Pulled the trigger

I pulled the trigger on 4 205/50ZR-16 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 for $56 per at Tirerack ($285 inc road hazzard)) with a $50 rebate, nets below $60 per tire (not installed).

They were rated #1 on tirerack, and realize that other tires maybe better, but at that price (with road hazzard) it should make a good summer tire!

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Wow, for that price...good damn deal!
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:29 AM   #12
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Yea I couldn't pass on the price, even though its the middle of the month. I did get a callback and tirerack didn't have the 9000 GAWR on file and couldn't (knowingly) sell me the tires unless I had it.

If it comes up for anyone else, the tires are rated at 2400 lbs Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) and the Aero is 2340 lbs front and 2160 lbs rear (GVWR 1910 lbs). The CSR indicated that I should run 36 lbs pressure or better. (No Firestone for me!)

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Ah, so my guess is that these have a bit of a soft sidewall to them?
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225/50 performs better? I had always thought 225 was better suited for a 7" wheel, meaning on a 6.5 it wouldn't be as stable
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I don't see why you'd have a problem with that. Thats a shorter sidewall by 5%. I went from the same tire size you have currently on my super aero's on the 9-3 to the 50 sidewall (same tire size your looking at too) with no issues.



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225/50 performs better? I had always thought 225 was better suited for a 7" wheel, meaning on a 6.5 it wouldn't be as stable
I can take a photo of how it sits on the wheel, it really is not bad at all. Its certainly not unstable at ALL. I get really good contact, it doesn't flex in corners from the photos I have seen taken of me inder speed. If it was a tall sidewall it might change things, but 225/50 16 has the same sideall height as 205/55, and its wider.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:41 AM   #17
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Just got notification that they arrived at my door! Ordered mid-day yesterday and arrived 10:00 today, cannot beat that for service. Once I get the rims squared away, I can get them mounted. Going to store them since its starting to drop below freezing.

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I've had great luck from both Tire Rack and Discount Tire Direct.

I think the snow tires I ordered two weeks ago where here 3 days after I ordered them!
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