205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

pws

205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

by pws » Wed, 21 Dec 2005 10:23:35

If you had 16X7 wheels on your miata, would you go with 205/40/16 or
205/45/16's?

Any opinions are appreciated, it is almost time for new tires and
brakes. I currently have 205/40/16's mounted.

Thanks!

Pat

L Bade

205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

by L Bade » Thu, 22 Dec 2005 06:26:04

Pat -

Having 16x7.5s on my Miata, I am running 45s.  Plans are to "grow"
into 215/40R16s once I install the U3...

However, the real questions would be (a) primary use/driving style,
(b) road conditions, (c) brand preference vs size availability and (d)
are you happy with the 40s you are currently running?


>If you had 16X7 wheels on your miata, would you go with 205/40/16 or
>205/45/16's?

>Any opinions are appreciated, it is almost time for new tires and
>brakes. I currently have 205/40/16's mounted.

>Thanks!

>Pat

'97 STO, "Chouki"

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pws

205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

by pws » Fri, 23 Dec 2005 14:57:38


> Pat -

> Having 16x7.5s on my Miata, I am running 45s.  Plans are to "grow"
> into 215/40R16s once I install the U3...

> However, the real questions would be (a) primary use/driving style,

Daily driver, only (working) car, slightly aggressive driving style, but
usually well below limits, and not used on a track at this point, though
the car is completely set up for it.

Mostly good roads, there is not a big problem with potholes in the parts
of Austin that I usually drive. I have hit one hard that had me worried,
but the wheel is still straight and true.

(c) brand preference vs size availability and

There seems to be a tire that makes me happy in whatever size I am
looking for. The only type of tire that I buy are summer performance
tires, since, after all, we are supposed to reach temps of over 70
degrees on Christmas day.

(d)

The car is actually pretty comfortable, it has the FM coil-overs with
KYB shocks set on the second to softest setting, but it is definitely
harsher than my last car with Koni shocks, stock springs and 15 inch
wheels with the higher profile 195/50's.
I will probably try the 205/45/16's this time and see if I like them better.

Thanks!

Pat

L Bade

205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

by L Bade » Sat, 24 Dec 2005 08:02:32

Pat -

I'm running 205/45R16 Toyo T1-Rs, with the FM springs, rear shock
tower mounts and KYBs set at 5 in front and 4 in the rear.  -- Mine is
a quasi-daily driver in San Antonio.  (The roads down hear are about
the same as Austin, but sometimes a tad worse...)

The ride is firm, but not abusive.  (Though speed bumps/humps can be a
challenge...)

Merry Ho-Ho!

- L



>> Pat -

>> Having 16x7.5s on my Miata, I am running 45s.  Plans are to "grow"
>> into 215/40R16s once I install the U3...

>> However, the real questions would be (a) primary use/driving style,

>Daily driver, only (working) car, slightly aggressive driving style, but
>usually well below limits, and not used on a track at this point, though
>the car is completely set up for it.

>> (b) road conditions,

>Mostly good roads, there is not a big problem with potholes in the parts
>of Austin that I usually drive. I have hit one hard that had me worried,
>but the wheel is still straight and true.

>(c) brand preference vs size availability and

>There seems to be a tire that makes me happy in whatever size I am
>looking for. The only type of tire that I buy are summer performance
>tires, since, after all, we are supposed to reach temps of over 70
>degrees on Christmas day.

>(d)
>> are you happy with the 40s you are currently running?

>The car is actually pretty comfortable, it has the FM coil-overs with
>KYB shocks set on the second to softest setting, but it is definitely
>harsher than my last car with Koni shocks, stock springs and 15 inch
>wheels with the higher profile 195/50's.
>I will probably try the 205/45/16's this time and see if I like them better.

>Thanks!

>Pat

'97 STO, "Chouki"

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pws

205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

by pws » Sat, 24 Dec 2005 16:55:46


> Pat -

> I'm running 205/45R16 Toyo T1-Rs, with the FM springs, rear shock
> tower mounts and KYBs set at 5 in front and 4 in the rear.  -- Mine is
> a quasi-daily driver in San Antonio.  (The roads down hear are about
> the same as Austin, but sometimes a tad worse...)

> The ride is firm, but not abusive.  (Though speed bumps/humps can be a
> challenge...)

> Merry Ho-Ho!

> - L

I think that I will order a set of the 205/45/16 Toyo's for this next
round. They have a softer sidewall than the Sumitomo crapola tires that
I have on now. That, combined with a bit higher profile is likely to add
to comfort by a decent amount. They may flex a bit more, but they will
grip SO much better than before.

The Toyo is also a lightweight tire, so it will be a very lightweight
16" wheel/tire package going on with the SSR/Toyo combination.

Pat

L Bade

205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

by L Bade » Sun, 25 Dec 2005 07:26:19



>> Pat -

>> I'm running 205/45R16 Toyo T1-Rs, with the FM springs, rear shock
>> tower mounts and KYBs set at 5 in front and 4 in the rear.  -- Mine is
>> a quasi-daily driver in San Antonio.  (The roads down hear are about
>> the same as Austin, but sometimes a tad worse...)

>> The ride is firm, but not abusive.  (Though speed bumps/humps can be a
>> challenge...)

>> Merry Ho-Ho!

>> - L

>I think that I will order a set of the 205/45/16 Toyo's for this next
>round. They have a softer sidewall than the Sumitomo crapola tires that
>I have on now. That, combined with a bit higher profile is likely to add
>to comfort by a decent amount. They may flex a bit more, but they will
>grip SO much better than before.

>The Toyo is also a lightweight tire, so it will be a very lightweight
>16" wheel/tire package going on with the SSR/Toyo combination.

Pat -

It sounds like you have a solution...  

Happy Motoring!

(...and Merry Christmas!)

'97 STO, "Chouki"

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pws

205/40/16 or 205/45/16 tire size?

by pws » Sun, 25 Dec 2005 08:08:00


> Pat -

> It sounds like you have a solution...  

> Happy Motoring!

> (...and Merry Christmas!)

Yep, the only problem is the price. I miss the good old days of $60.00
specials on excellent 195/50/15's. That price really starts going up
with each inch.
Oh well, the price you pay to play.

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to you and all of the other
miscreants on this board as well! ;-)

Pat