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    Alternative Tires

    I have a 98 Camaro, 3.8L that came stock with 235/55/16 tires. I am in need of new tires and was wondering if I can safely go to a 225/55/16 instead on the same rim (or something else). The only reason I am even considering this is because I am on a budget and the 225s are close to half the cost of the 235s. I'm just using this as a daily driver, so I don't have any particular traction demands. Any recommendations or warnings?

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    Yeah, you can run a 225 no problem.

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    Yes, you can. I ran 215s on my old car actually.

    BTW, we do have a wheels and tires section further down. Would be a little more appropriate of a spot than under engine tech
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    215/60r16 cheaper and the stock tire size
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    Oops! Thanks Sparky, I will keep that in mind next time. Would 215 really work? I thought that because I have the 55 series tire option v6 that I had wider rims than the base V6, thus 215 wouldn't fill them properly. Do they both have the exact same rims? Thanks for the quick responses by the way.

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    Nope, the wheels are the same. Aside from looking a little dorky by being so narrow and obviously not having quite as much traction, 215/60R16 works just fine. I ran those the whole time I had my 98.
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    2007.5 Silverado LT Z71 5.3L 4x4. Slight lift, bigger-ish tires, not a slouch but slower than the car.


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    Cool thanks. I think I will go with the 225 so that it is a little wider and less quirky looking. Lastly, which would you suggest over the other, 225/55/16 or 225/60/16?

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    225/55 will make your speedo read 1.7% fast, 225/60 will make it read 1.7% slow. So that really is up to you. I'd rather it read fast than slow just in case 215/60 will make it accurate.
    - Jared
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    BTW, we do have a wheels and tires section further down. Would be a little more appropriate of a spot than under engine tech
    Moved.
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    Thanks for the move Phoenix. I understand that there will be a slight speed variance either way. I was more wondering if the added height of the 225/60 would cause any issues. I think it's only supposed to raise the height by a tiny amount, but I'm just trying to be careful.

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    So I went in to Wally World today and asked if they would mount tires for me that we're not specified by the manufacturer. I already knew the answer would be no, but I was just trying to see what they would say. The mechanic did say that if I bring in just the rims that they would mount various size tires on it. My question is, if I do this, can I go put the new tires on my car and then take it to a shop for balancing/alignment, or will they say "we can't do that, these tires are not made for your car?" Hopefully some of you have had experience with this. Thanks.

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    They should balance them when they mount them..
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    Oh, I thought that the wheels were mounted to the car when a balancing was done. Are wheels balanced just on the rims or while they are on your car? I was planning on just bringing my rims in so I could get a different size.

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    Ok yeah, I just did a little internet searching and yeah, looks like they balance them just on the rims. Still learning Thanks!

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