View Full Version : What size tire do you run?

Kronic Budz
01-17-2008, 01:28 PM
Im just curious to see what others like running on their b5's.

Kronic Budz
01-17-2008, 02:12 PM
and does anyone no what the widest tire u can run on the stock 16 inch rims. Im thinking probably 225 but im not sure.

01-17-2008, 02:26 PM
I'm running 225x50x16 on the stock rims and it's fine. I think you could even do 235.

Kronic Budz
01-17-2008, 02:31 PM
I'm running 225x50x16 on the stock rims and it's fine. I think you could even do 235.

fa show.

01-17-2008, 02:44 PM
225/50-16 is as wide as you should go on a 16x7. Any wider and you'll get more sidewall curve but the traction patch won't get much wider.

These are 225/50-16 Sumitomo HTR 50Z on stock 16x7 Swings.

I run 235/40-17 on the track and 245/40-17 now. Will run 245 or 255 width after I trash those Sumis in the spring.

01-17-2008, 02:49 PM
195s on stockers here. Figured why spend the extra $$ on 205s when I'll be getting new wheels soon, plus, isn't gas mileage better with them?

01-17-2008, 02:51 PM
Gas mileage is better with skinny hard tires. 80k mile warranties and 42 psi with a good alignment means highway mileage in the mid 30s. I did a 1800 mile round trip with skinny all seasons and averaged over 34 down and 32 for the whole trip. Did it again with 235/45-17 Pilot Sports and barely got 27.

01-17-2008, 02:53 PM
Hmm, I'm running 32psi all around right now, guess I should bump it up for some better mileage? I'm gonna go and get an alignment this weekend I think and ask for as close to 0 toe they can get me.

01-17-2008, 03:03 PM
I run 36 or 38 normally, 40 or 42 on long road trips.

01-17-2008, 03:32 PM
Stockers 205/16/55
Upgraded 235/18/40

01-17-2008, 03:56 PM
iv been running 235/45/17 for a couple years now just fine.

D's Avant
01-17-2008, 04:04 PM
I run 225/50/16 at 35 psi all around and get 31-32 mpg on the highway. My opion on steering feel is that 205's have a better on center feel and our alot more fun in the snow.

01-17-2008, 05:16 PM

01-17-2008, 08:16 PM
My mistake, I'm on 205/55/16 Falken FK452s

01-17-2008, 08:20 PM
OT, but can anyone give me kind of a quick how-to of reading an alignment chart? I asked the guys to get my toe to as close to 0* as possible and they said they couldn't do anything but spec or the warranty would be voided. I asked them for the printout when I picked my car up, don't really understand what I was looking at. I mean I do, but I doesn't say anything for after they adjusted it? It has specs for "Actual", "Before", and "Specified Range". Where is after?

01-17-2008, 08:32 PM
Before is how it came in. Specified is how it should be. Actual is how it left.

The actual readings should be within the specified range and close to equal. The specified toe isn't actually zero because the toe changes as the suspension travels through it's range.

A bad alignment won't void any warranty except maybe for the tires. People drive on bad alignments all the time. A good alignment will save the tires, fuel, and reduce wear on the suspension joints, wheel bearings, and steering.

01-17-2008, 08:35 PM
I run 225 45 17 for summer and 205 55 16 for winter, very happy with both.

01-17-2008, 08:48 PM
Sorry, they couldn't put it anything other than spec or the alignment's warranty would be void.

Looks like the camber on my right wheel should be between -1.0* and -0.2*, before was -1.3*, actual was -1.3*. So did they not do their job?

01-18-2008, 07:10 AM
Start a new thread for this so that this one doesn't get farther off track. You camber should be the same on the left and right. If not, then they didn't do their job fully.

Kyle H
01-18-2008, 07:46 AM
195/65-15 Dunlop Wintersport M3's.


01-18-2008, 12:24 PM
good year eagle f1's 225/35/19 love em'