Date: 15 Jun 2006 13:37:42 -0700
From: "Michael Hudson" <>
Subject: Re: Changing tire size on a 9.5

Michael Hudson wrote: > Greetings. I've a '02 9.5, which calls for tires sized 215/55-16. As > it happens, I got this car used a few months back and I need to put new > tires on it. There are Michelins on the rear in the size called for, > and Cooper something-or-others on the front, sized 205/55-16. My > question is this: Can I safely put tires sized 205/60-16 on this car? > I'm considering this move, very frankly, because the tires are brand > new and free. A hard-to-beat combo. Of course, I don't want to do > anything that would negatively affect the > safety/handling/stability/ride and so forth of the car. > > Opinions gratefully received, and thanks. > > M All- Thanks for the input. As I mentioned to Norm, I mispoke in my original post. The freebie tires are 225/60-16 and, according to the Saab dealership's parts guy that I called, the circumferencial difference between the free tires and the stock tire is too great and he directed me to the Discount Tire Direct Tire Calculator ( to show me the way, as it were. He wasn't trying to sell me anything so I tended to agree with him, but then Norm weighed back into the fray with further thoughts on diameter vs. circumference. I'm baffled, in other words, so I'll probably wind up buying some Hancook Rad K 106 tires in the proper size for sixty-five clams per, delivered! Not free, no, but pretty damned cheap. This is what I get for not paying attention to my geometry teachers. Or do I mean algebra? Thanks again for all of the give-and-take. Michael

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