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Old April 29th, 2003, 09:01   #1
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My '01 Jetta tires are stock 195/65/15. Are there other tires sizes that will safely fit the stock rim. I can't find any references to upgraded tire sizes..

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Old April 29th, 2003, 09:04   #2
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Ted, you can check with Eric at the Tire Rack. He is the "VW guy" and can quickly tell you what is safe and what is not.
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Old April 29th, 2003, 09:59   #3
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should be able to put 205/60 r15
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Old April 29th, 2003, 11:19   #4
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Anybody know if 205/70 r15 will fit? I have a set of practically new tires, and just don't want to throw them out...Would like to use if I could...
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Old April 29th, 2003, 12:57   #5
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Too tall, too large of a circumference: about 5.6% larger than stock, about 5.6% slower in the speedo and odometer
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Old April 29th, 2003, 13:29   #6
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I have 205/65/15's and they seem great. The 205/70/15's may be pushing it, but you'll never know till ya try!
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Old April 29th, 2003, 15:31   #7
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So the 65's would only be 2% larger? (65% of 205mm height, right?)

I'm also wondering about larger tires. As I see it -

pros - possible fuel savings (lower rpms for a given speed), taller profile better for soaking up NEngland road abuse?
cons - more mass to spin, more stress on suspension, possible bottoming or tire scrub, handling and braking suffers

Also, I'll be picking up a set of Bilstein TC's and want to see how much ride height increases. Might make a little room for rubber.

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Old April 29th, 2003, 20:15   #8
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I've noticed NO change in fuel mileage. In fact it goes down, maybe (wider tire, increased rolling resistance?). It also changes the odometer count by around 3%? (less miles... therefore the appearance of lower mileage).
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