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Old 11-23-2017, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default Tire size for 98 SL1 with 15" rims

I have a 98 SL1 that I recently purchased and have just rebuilt the front end with new moog inner & outer tie rods, control arms & monroe struts. I got it aligned and now need to get new tires. Whoever owned it before swapped out the stock 14" rims with Saturn 15" alloy rims. I know the stock tires for this car are 170/70/14 so I'd like to get the closest matching 15" tire. Any input or advise besides purchasing 4 new 14" rims would be greatly appreciated

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Old 11-23-2017, 09:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tire size for 98 SL1 with 15" rims

My stock tires are 185/65R15. Sorry for the repeat, I said the same thing in the other thread.

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Old 11-23-2017, 09:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tire size for 98 SL1 with 15" rims

Stock size's available (models found on from the factory):
175/70R14 (SL/SL1/SC1/SW1)
185/65R14 (SL/SL1/SC1/SW1/SWP)
185/65R15 (SL1/SC1/SL2/SW2)
195/60R15 (SC2)

14's are steel only, 15's could be steel or alloy though to my knowledge 100% of the SC & SC2 models got alloys from the factory.

That said, 185/60R15 is closest to 175/70R14 assuming the tires actual size is what it's advertised as (generally they're off by just enough to measure).

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Old 11-23-2017, 10:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Tire size for 98 SL1 with 15" rims

The 195/60 is wide enough to throw crap down the sides of the car and is a smaller diameter than the 185/65 tire. A 195/65 tire will fit and is a larger diameter than the 185/65. The SC-1 and SC-2 were available with either 15" steel or 15" aluminum.

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Old 11-24-2017, 01:29 AM   #5
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Default Re: Tire size for 98 SL1 with 15" rims

185/65R15 was the stock 15” tire,
But a 205/60R15 runs a lot better on the highway.

Play around with the “Tire Comparison” tab here...

https://tiresize.com/calculator/

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Old 11-26-2017, 01:24 AM   #6
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Default Re: Tire size for 98 SL1 with 15" rims

Last time I changed tires, I bought them at Walmart. I wanted them to put on a wider 14 inch on my 97 SL but they would only put on what the book called for. No discussion---told me it was either that or take my business elsewhere. Best price I could find, so I bought them.

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Old 11-28-2017, 11:50 AM   #7
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Default Re: Tire size for 98 SL1 with 15" rims

Yep, Walmart is a PITA.

I like 205/60R15's but usually have to settle for 195.

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Old 11-28-2017, 11:54 AM   #8
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Yep, Walmart is a PITA.

I like 205/60R15's but usually have to settle for 195.
Yeah, but again, they gave me the best deal and I looked at local tire companies and even Costco! Still couldn't beat Wally's price.

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