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Old 11-11-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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Default Snow tires

Hey there, I have an 05 saturn l300, and I need to get snow tires for it. It has p215/55r16. I was wondering can I go a different size to save money? This time of year is tight, and I am wondering if I can get a different size for cheaper tires.

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Old 11-11-2009, 09:42 AM   #2
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you can get narrower tires but that would make driving in the snow worse. keep the original size so you get the traction you need.

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Old 11-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #3
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Within each tire model's range of available sizes, the price goes up from smaller to larger- difference in raw materials used.

You need to stay with the OE size to start. Anything LESS is a huge safety risk. If you need to economize, research and shop carefully. I am not the first to recommend tirerack.com, but they are a great research tool, even if you choose to buy elsewhere. It is possible to find what you need from an off-brand tire without compromising your safety.

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Old 11-12-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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I'm sorry, but how does going narrower make it worse for driving in the snow and make it a huge safety risk? As far as safety goes, if you go much more narrow than the rim allows (stretch tires) then I can see the problem, but if you go just slightly narrower, I don't see the issue.

As far as making it worse in the snow, a narrower tire is going to perform better than a wider tire (that is if we ignore the tread compound and design entirely). Now obviously there's a point where that stops becoming true.

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Old 11-12-2009, 05:55 PM   #5
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surface area of the tire.

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Old 11-12-2009, 06:19 PM   #6
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surface area of the tire.
"A wide, low profile or large tire has to "plow" a wide path through snow which causes more resistance. The narrower the tire, the easier you can get through snow."
http://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/...urrentpage=168

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"A wide, low profile or large tire has to "plow" a wide path through snow which causes more resistance. The narrower the tire, the easier you can get through snow."
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Hey there, I have an 05 saturn l300, and I need to get snow tires for it. It has p215/55r16. I was wondering can I go a different size to save money? This time of year is tight, and I am wondering if I can get a different size for cheaper tires.
where are you locatd? I went to school for 4 years in Vermont with good all seasonal tires and did perfectly fine. It's all on the treat design and materials used not the size. Just stick with OEM size if ur going with snow tires.

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Old 11-14-2009, 10:53 AM   #9
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There are always options. If you want to use a 15" tire then 195/65-15 is OEM, if you want to go 16" then 205/60-16 is very close in size. It's better to have a narrower snow tire as the increased pressure on the tread will cut through the snow, a wider tread will tend to float on top. I have to deal with over 15' of snow over the winter so I take off my alloys and use 15" steel rims with 195/65-15 snow tires - all seasons just don't work.

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Old 11-14-2009, 05:00 PM   #10
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thanks for the input guys.

I live in newfoundland, canada, so I definitely need snow tires, can't stay with the all seasons.

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