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Tire size - 205 or 195


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Looking to acquire set of 15X7 Rota RB. My car has a descent ride height, not too low but not as high as I have seen. Measures 8" from the ground up to where the rocker panels roll over to meet the flat section that comes straight down. I recently bought the car, so not sure on what type of springs. They are powder coated grey and I have been told it could be Suspension Techniques.

So should I go with 205s or 195s?


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+1, and not all tires listed as the same size are actually the same size..... just today i had my 195/50 s-drives side by side with my 195/50 toyo r888's. both on 15x7 wheels. s-drives are 1/4 in wider.

of course, their handling isn't anywhere near the r-comp r888's, but they look fat....

I had 205 sumitomos with no issues then when I put 205 yokos on they rubbed the tie rod end and I needed a spacer. I like the 205 feel in the corners and in braking, but they are a little harder in town and parking lots. I don't mind the extra effort around town though.

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I say go 195. 205 looks too much tire on a 7" wheel, IMO and will make your car sit a little higher. I would go 195/45 and go low profile all the way.

I agree with Ray. Go 195/45 if your car is pretty low, or 195/50 if its a bit higher so theres less gap between wheel and fender (so your suspension goes hand in hand with wheel/tyre combo)

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