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Hello.

Is anybody here running 205/55/15 or alternative larger tire sizes on their oem 5.5 15 inch rims?

My 92 900S non turbo came with worn and cracked 195/60/15 tires (OEM size). And I have a practically new set of Yoko 205/55/15 sitting in the garage begging to be used.

So far I've found several 4-5 confirms around the internet of people using 205/55/15 on 5.5 c900 rims with no rubbing issues. But, I am under impression that the rubbing issues people were referring to are tire touching the wheel well. However, in my opinion, observing the stock wheels, it seems that wider tire will rather rub against the control arm on the rear and spring perch on the front instead. Could that be a problem? Is it curable (spacers etc) ?

Any personal experiences?

Thanks. ;)
 

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That's what I think... Actually they are even smaller in overall diameter, so rubbing wheel well does not make any sense. Perhaps people on the net were referring to something else. Unless, the tire calculator did not considered the same small rim used when measuring the results...

Bit the tire is 10mm wider %) I think it should sit just fine there, yet I've seen many messages about 205 on a 55 rim "bulging ridiculously" etc... I'm confused :)
 

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That's what I think... Actually they are even smaller in overall diameter, so rubbing wheel well does not make any sense. Perhaps people on the net were referring to something else. Unless, the tire calculator did not considered the same small rim used when measuring the results...

Bit the tire is 10mm wider %) I think it should sit just fine there, yet I've seen many messages about 205 on a 55 rim "bulging ridiculously" etc... I'm confused :)
a 205/55/15 is NOT smaller overall... it's theoretically the same as a 195/65/15

I do not see why it would rub - and the ride would be similar I would imagine - enough side wall not to harshen ride and enough to allow some give.

it the 205/65/15's I believe had the rubbing issues and looked like balloons and not tires... also made the c900 ride like a Caddy....
 

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Just finished installing my E30 tires on the Saab. They do fit nicely, look a little fat but I'm sure the difference will disappear in a day or so :D

Put them on myself,.. Used 3 regular tire irons and DIY bead breaker (two pipes, wooden block and a chain loop :D:D:D) I know I'm cheap... :rolleyes: took me about 2.5 hours per tire - take the tire off the E30, take old one of the Saab, clean Saab rim well, put E30 tire on the Saab, clean E30 rim a little, put old Saab tire on E30 (for storage use). Also put new valve stems on the Saab. Managed to mostly avoid making any distinguishable marks on the rims as well.

Those Saab tires are in really bad shape, I'm glad I got them replaced. Also it was a real PITA to remove and mount the performance Yokohama tires I used.
The cheapest place that I found to do the job for me was about $80, that's just to take the wheels off the rims and put them on the Saab.

Now I just got to take the car to some place to get the wheels balanced - much cheaper that way.

I think if there was a contest about who can do the most with limited tools to a car - I've got a good chance of taking one of the prised places... nothing can stop an enthusiast, proud of myself now :cool:
 
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