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#1 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 03:49 AM
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which tire shoud I go with 215 70 16, 225 70 16 or 235 60 16

I am at the point where i need to replace my tires. I just bought a 98 Rav4 4dr auto. The previous owner has put on 225 70 16's and they don't rub but my odometer might be off but not sure, I will find out more when I compare it to my gps speedometer. The spare has a brand new 215 70 16 whcih I am assuming the original tires but I know that the truck also have 235 60 16 option. Why would I go with the bigger tire? What is the advantage? Since the truck came stock with the 215 70 16 would this mean my speedometer will also be off even though that size is still suggested by this model? Also will this fit on the stock 5 spoke steel wheel? I know that the 235 60 16 came with different rims. If I do go back to the stock sizes, will my speedo still be off because the Rav was running on the 225 60 16's? Any answers and suggestions would be much appriciated.
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Hey,

I think all your questions would be answered by the Tire Size Calculator: Tire size calculator

In short, 225/70/16 are bit wider and will make your speedometer read 2.0% too slow (when your speedo reads 60mph you are actually traveling 61.2mph) - so not much of a difference, basically you get slightly wider tires.

The question I also want answered, is how do wider tires change the handling/traction? I'm looking for a new set of winter tires and I'm wondering if wider is better??
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i have the same question as max, ive heard that having a smaller patch of tire on the snow is better then having a bigger patch.

i have a 4 banger rav4 so i wouldnt want to go anything more then stock because that is just losing power. if you want more power and better mpg then get something skinner because you will create less resistance but also have less traction.

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235/60 16 will fit on the stock rims, they were one of the two original sizes. I run them just fine.

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My auto has steel rims and came with 215 70 16
I've just got the sport alloys as I wanted the 235 width for the look really, do quite a bit of off road driving but nothing steep

I'm actually going for the 235 70 16 as I have spacers that raised it
However I think it's going to rub on full lock, but will see what I can do about that when I get them
I'll be getting them back in next few days so will post if its an issue
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the 235 70 16 goodyear wrangler at/sa i just put on rub a little on the inside plastic trim, however, not against anything metal (from what i see)

Has had the desired affect of raising car, and they look fat
I'm pleased, may wait till the plastic wears or file it down.

The rubbing is minor, and only near full lock so i'm not that bothered at the moment

FYI: I have the auto 5 door

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