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Old 08-22-2009, 02:40 PM
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I'm ready to replace my 2K6 NB TDI's OEM 205/55R16 tires on after-market 16"X7" wheels. I'm considering 60-aspect tires for a little more ground clearance.

For anyone with first-hand knowledge, will 205/60 or 215/60 16" tires fit without rubbing?

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You could probably squeeze in 205/60/16 on stock suspension. 215/60/16 will probably give some rub but would likely still work. If you want more ground clearance than that, a 1" or 2" Metalnerd lift would be in order.

Remember that changing tire size will change your odometer and speedometer readings. In the case of the speedo, it will make it much more accurate as VW makes it under-report 3-5%. The odometer however will show less miles than you are actually putting on with the larger tires.
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205/60 will clear stock suspension.

215/60 will not.

i would run a 215/55 over all else for one reason: it's VERY popular in the japanese midsize segment. lots of great tires to be had.
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205/60 will clear stock suspension.

215/60 will not.

i would run a 215/55 over all else for one reason: it's VERY popular in the japanese midsize segment. lots of great tires to be had.
215/55 run about 25.3" to 25.4" diamater.
205/60 run 25.7" or so.
Stock 205/55 is 24.9"

The 205/60 will give him a better ride and about 0.4" in ride height. The 215/55 will give only 1/4" at best and not as good of a ride.

Tirerack shows 69 tires for 205/60 and 64 tires for 215/55.
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tire opinions are like farts though, so everyone's mileage may vary.

i ran 215/55 on my nb with no problems, in fact, i noticed it handled MUCH better.

conversely, my jetta handles better on 195/60 tires over the 195/65s.

try out the 205/60s, if you're looking for low resistance, there's a michelin in that size found on the accord hybrid that is supposedly GREAT.

in 215/55, you can get a real nice sporty tire (i had some off-brand equivalents to the toyo fz4).
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I replaced my OEM 205/55-16 tires with 225/50-16 tires the first time I needed to get new tires. The ride was harsher but the handling and cornering were spectacular! Right after that I had an Eibach Pro-kit spring and damper kit put on my car to improve handling even more. My front end dropped about 1.8 to 2"'s with the rear dropping about 1.8"'s. With the 50 series tires and the slight drop in vehicle hight I did have to be more careful of parking blocks and higher than normal obstacles but the handling was worth it. Now I have a set of Continental Extreme Contact 215/55-16 tires which are absolutely some of the best all year round handling tires I have ever driven on. The ride did improve like I thought it would but it still maintains great handling. Check on The Tire Racks charts to see how wide a 225/50 series tire is and that will tell you how wide a tire will fit. Mine didn't rub much at all except when the suspension was at the very bottom of it's travel... Good luck, JK
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I'm running 225/60/15 in front with not rub. Rear is 255/60/15 and on a huge bump... maybe some. But 2" lift is coming next week. The car handles better and rides better. I would guess on size up from 225/60/15 would be 215/60/16. My speedo is off tiny percent compared to my GPS... maybe like 1-2 mph if that.

I got my specs from a Japanese site. Bugsgogo.com I emailed the owner of the Light Blue Convertible running taller tires to find out who they did it.

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I replaced my OEM 205/55-16 tires with 225/50-16 tires the first time I needed to get new tires. The ride was harsher but the handling and cornering were spectacular! Right after that I had an Eibach Pro-kit spring and damper kit put on my car to improve handling even more. My front end dropped about 1.8 to 2"'s with the rear dropping about 1.8"'s. With the 50 series tires and the slight drop in vehicle hight I did have to be more careful of parking blocks and higher than normal obstacles but the handling was worth it. Now I have a set of Continental Extreme Contact 215/55-16 tires which are absolutely some of the best all year round handling tires I have ever driven on. The ride did improve like I thought it would but it still maintains great handling. Check on The Tire Racks charts to see how wide a 225/50 series tire is and that will tell you how wide a tire will fit. Mine didn't rub much at all except when the suspension was at the very bottom of it's travel... Good luck, JK
You only widened your tires 3/4" by going to the 225 from the OE 205's.....I am planning on going to the 225/50/16 just to put a little more rubber on the ground.....Not sure what you meant by the ride being much harsher with the 225/50/16's, and why did you go to the 215's?
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