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post #1 of 9 Old 10-22-2008, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Another Tire Size Question

Hello guys, I got a question about tire size.

The stock size in my 04' V6 Accord is P205/60R16. Can I use a 215/60/16?

Will there be a problem?
Will the car ride better/worse/bumpier/better handle?

I have two Michelin/Destiny laying around in great condition. I wil just need to get just two more tires.

I have no clue when it comes to tires.

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They will work. The only thing is that they will throw off your speed odometer a little. But not enough that it would stop me from doing the swap.

Heres a site that you can plug in the two different sizes to see what the differances are.



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They will work. The only thing is that they will throw off your speed odometer a little. But not enough that it would stop me from doing the swap.
Thanks Pope. Do you think I would be able to tell while driving the car? meaning, will it feel bumpier? will it handle better or worse?

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IMHO it will handle better and feel a little bumpier, but both of these are very minor. Most ppl will never notice a differance. (Now this is if you are keeping the same brand and model of tire.)

If you are upgrading to a tire with a better grip, then these things will be more noticeable.
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NOT a good idea. Your car should have come with a v-rated tire and those Destinys are t-rated. The handling is going to be vastly different and not properly matched to the vehicle.

That speed rating doesn't just give you the top speed the tire can go: higher speed rated tires have softer rubber compounds that also affect handling. You should never go more than one speed rating below what came on the car from the factory. In your case, an h-rated tire would be the minimum. In fact, any professional shop should should refuse to mount them on that vehicle. It's a big legal liability for them to do something like that.

The size difference isn't a big concern. That 205/60/16 has an overall diameter of 25.685" while the 215/60/16 has an overall diameter of 26.157". Your speedo will be off by about 1.18% (when driving 60MPH it'll read 61MPH.)

If you're going for more performance, you're better off staying with a v-rated 205 than the t-rated 215. Even an h-rated 205 would most likely out handle and out grip a t-rated 215 tire.

BTW, a 225/55/16 is an almost perfect match (0.2% difference) for the 205/60/16. Might be something to consider if you're set on wider tires, but stick with an H or higher rating. A lot of 7th gen owners are switching the 215/50/17s to 225/50/17s without any issues like rubbing. I'll be running 225/45/17 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1s for autocross next season.

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Good catch Mdnky! I didn't even think about the speed rating of the tires. As I agree.
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Dnky and Pope, thanks a bunch guys.
I figured, I would use those tires since they are almost new (2K miles) but one thing I always put attention to, SAFETY.

Besides, I am not cheap so when it the time comes I will buy the rigth set of tires.

Again, I would like to thank you guys for taking time to post responses.

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NOT a good idea. Your car should have come with a v-rated tire and those Destinys are t-rated. The handling is going to be vastly different and not properly matched to the vehicle.

That speed rating doesn't just give you the top speed the tire can go: higher speed rated tires have softer rubber compounds that also affect handling. You should never go more than one speed rating below what came on the car from the factory. In your case, an h-rated tire would be the minimum. In fact, any professional shop should should refuse to mount them on that vehicle. It's a big legal liability for them to do something like that.
I disagree. Speed ratings indicate exactly just that... the speed the manufacturer tested their tires at.

From TireRack...

"Speed ratings are based on laboratory tests where the tire is pressed against a large diameter metal drum to reflect its appropriate load, and run at ever increasing speeds (in 6.2 mph steps in 10 minute increments) until the tire's required speed has been met."

In addition, I'm not aware of any legal liability caused by installing lower speed-rated tires. I had S-rated tires installed on my GS-R (OEM V-rated) and didn't have any issues at all... nor did the installer question it.

I agree that you will notice a difference in handling (due to softer sidewalls), but I don't think it will cause a dangerous situation unless you're driving your vehicle at its limits.

A bigger consideration is the load index.

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NOT a good idea. Your car should have come with a v-rated tire and those Destinys are t-rated. The handling is going to be vastly different and not properly matched to the vehicle.

That speed rating doesn't just give you the top speed the tire can go: higher speed rated tires have softer rubber compounds that also affect handling. You should never go more than one speed rating below what came on the car from the factory. In your case, an h-rated tire would be the minimum. In fact, any professional shop should should refuse to mount them on that vehicle. It's a big legal liability for them to do something like that.

The size difference isn't a big concern. That 205/60/16 has an overall diameter of 25.685" while the 215/60/16 has an overall diameter of 26.157". Your speedo will be off by about 1.18% (when driving 60MPH it'll read 61MPH.)

If you're going for more performance, you're better off staying with a v-rated 205 than the t-rated 215. Even an h-rated 205 would most likely out handle and out grip a t-rated 215 tire.

BTW, a 225/55/16 is an almost perfect match (0.2% difference) for the 205/60/16. Might be something to consider if you're set on wider tires, but stick with an H or higher rating. A lot of 7th gen owners are switching the 215/50/17s to 225/50/17s without any issues like rubbing. I'll be running 225/45/17 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1s for autocross next season.
This is true. I called tirerack and asked about getting Yoko Avid TRZ for my car and he said no way. They are T rated and for legal issues, Insurance companies can deny accident claims. I guess it makes sense but what about snow tires that a rated "S" or sometimes "Q". Tirerack said snow tires are an exception? Sounds like we're gettin squirreled..

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