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Everyone has 17 and 18's. Who has 16". What is the best tire size? Looking at 205/55 or 225/50. Will the 225's rub?
What is a good tire? Looking at BF Goodrinch g-force sport and Pirelli Cinturato P5.
 

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225/50 would be the better choice and no they will not rub.
 

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225/50 would be the better choice and no they will not rub.
can someone give me a quick rundown of what the numbers mean, like in 225/50? Being uneducated on this stuff, I have no idea. thx
 

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Example 225/50/16

225 = the distance across the tread, measured in millimeters.
50 = 50% of the distance across the tread = your sidewall height.
16= rim size obviously
 

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I have 15" with the plastic cover. When I can save up the money, they're gone. 18" looks nice, can the Balts fit 20"?
 

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i have seen maybe 2 that have 20"s. i would not suggest that because your tires are going to be pretty thin and the ride will be rougher.
 

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Example 225/50/16

225 = the distance across the tread, measured in millimeters.
50 = 50% of the distance across the tread = your sidewall height.
16= rim size obviously
great!! thanks for the info
 

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i have seen maybe 2 that have 20"s. i would not suggest that because your tires are going to be pretty thin and the ride will be rougher.
around what size rim does the ride start to get rough? i have 16" rims and they're way smooth but eventually i may want to go bigger, and i like the smooth ride
 

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I have 17s w/ 205/40s w/ a lowered car, it rides pretty rough... but i dont mind. I had a car w/ 205/45/17s (lowered too) and it didnt ride as bad, still rode pretty rough, lol... I think the skinnier the tire the better, for looks anyway, gotta watch them potholes alot more tho...but its all a matter of opinion. :)
 

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I have 17s w/ 205/40s w/ a lowered car, it rides pretty rough... but i dont mind. I had a car w/ 205/45/17s (lowered too) and it didnt ride as bad, still rode pretty rough, lol... I think the skinnier the tire the better, for looks anyway, gotta watch them potholes alot more tho...but its all a matter of opinion. :)
lol i agree, i have 18's with 215/35's. Seems to ride fine, but need to lower my car
 

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If you are looking for bigger than 16's but still a comfortable ride, go with 215/45/17 IMO
ya tha doesnt sound bad. im riding on 205/55 and your suggestions sounds loads better. i just wish i had doen my research a bit better when i bought my tires. i would have gone w/ 17's
 

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I have 17s w/ 205/40s w/ a lowered car, it rides pretty rough... but i dont mind. I had a car w/ 205/45/17s (lowered too) and it didnt ride as bad, still rode pretty rough, lol... I think the skinnier the tire the better, for looks anyway, gotta watch them potholes alot more tho...but its all a matter of opinion. :)
I guess I don't get how you think skinnier tires look better. 205/50 and 215/50 and 225/45 are the best fit for Cobalts. Your 205/40 is quite a bit smaller than stock diameter. No wonder the ride is rough, get a bigger sidewall next time.

I would definitely go 225/50 16. I think 16's look nice if you're lowered and keeping it look closer to stock, but if you want to really stand out, 18" or 19" is the way to go. I think 17's on Cobalts don't really stand out much. Just my opinion. Tire prices are good for 17's though in comparison to 18's and 19's.
 
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