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Old 06-21-2010, 06:56 PM
mariodr mariodr is offline
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Red face Tire Size Change.

Interested if anyone has tried altering the tire size somewhat - specifically the sidewall height - going from a 235/55R17 to a 235/60R17? The difference in sidewall height is about 0.5", and is inline with most other manufacturers of similar vehicles. Wife complains about the ride, wondering if that would help. Thanks.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:30 AM
PimoX3 PimoX3 is offline
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Don't do that! That profile change will result in over 3% difference in wheel diameter which is well outside recommenations, and will affect speedo readings, etc. If you have issues with the ride, you have a few options to consider:

- 225/60 R17 tires would result in a slightly taller sidewall, but be within 3%
- change tire manufacturer/compounds. For example, several people have switched from the Bridgestones to Pirellis or Michelins and reported a better ride. Depending on where you live, opt for a softer performance tire -- you will get less mileage out of the tires, but they are softer (and stickier)
- consider suspension adjustments/replacements

A little more info about your specific year/options would help. Earlier models (pre-2006) were known to have tighter/harsher suspensions, and this was accentuated with the sport pack. Later years received suspension adjustments/different components.
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