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Old 09-06-2002, 12:15 PM
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Wider tires on 98 c230 w/fact rims ?

Looking to purchase new tires for my car. Probably going with Dunlop Sp Sport a2 or sp sport 5000's. Question: The factory size is 205/60/15, I am using the factory alloys. Can I put a mildly wider tire on the car ? I do not want anything extravagant bulging out of the wheel wells, rubbing, or looking odd. If so, what size would work ? I want to put more tire surface on the ground. Would that equate to a 55 series tire ? Everything is staying factory on the car....alloys....suspension...etc... Would my answer be 205/55/15 ? Would they fit without any complications ? I am not concerned about gas mileage.

1998 C230
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1984 BMW 318i
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1975 Buick LeSabre Conv.
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Old 09-06-2002, 01:05 PM
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A 225/55 15" is the closest diameter match to your stock size, but may be a bit wide for the factory 7" wide rim? The 205/55 won't be any wider than a 205/60, just a shorter sidewall.

This site lets you play around with tire size effects and get instant answers.

If you want more rubber on the road, and can spend the dollars, get the MB 6 spoke sport wheels in 16" diameter and install 215/50 or 225/50 rubber. It is less than 1% difference in diameter either way, and looks great (see below for my 98 C230 with 205/55 tires, probably 215 0r 225 next time).

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