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    2012 Soul+. Oversizing 16" tires??

    Was going to replace my OEM 205/55r16 tires with either 215/55R16 or 225/55R16? Any body done this? If so, any problems?
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    I had all 3 of those sizes at various points. Went to 215's the first time I replaced the tires, liked them so much more that I tried 225's the next time but found that they were too loose while turning and went back to 215's. I was also using pretty cheap tires though (low end name brands), so your experience could be different.
    Well, why not?

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    Until last week i was on 215/60 R16 and it's fine. Wanted the same tire diameter as the OEM 235/45 R18, that came with my Soul. So 215/55 R16 is no problem at all. The difference on odo/speedo will be minimal. You can do your own calculations with Online Wheel and Tyre Fitment Calculator. Offset, Tyre Stretch and Speedo Error | Will They Fit and see for yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken.Swagger View Post
    I had all 3 of those sizes at various points. Went to 215's the first time I replaced the tires, liked them so much more that I tried 225's the next time but found that they were too loose while turning and went back to 215's. I was also using pretty cheap tires though (low end name brands), so your experience could be different.
    What's "too loose" mean exactly?
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    Felt like they were rolling onto the sidewalls and losing traction, but I'll admit I can't know for sure that's what was actually happening.

    What I do know for sure is that under-steer went way up and cornering speeds dropped.

    It also depends on rim width though. My 16's (2011 stock) were 6.5" and I don't know if that changed with other years. Pretty much everywhere I looked they said 215 is the max width for a 6.5" rim and based on my experience I'm inclined to agree.
    Well, why not?

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    Thanks for the replies.

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    I run 235 60 16s on my wither setup and 235 60 16s Bf Goodrich Profilers for the rest of the year. Love the setup and it gives a more aggressive look.

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    I put Mustang GT 245-45-17 on my '12; no problems
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    I also found that the stock 205's would slide easy when turning onto a onramp going at a easy speed, I don't drive aggressive anymore and the 245's completely solved that and I lose about .5 mpg with these heavier wheels and tires so it's all a plus having wider shoes on the Soul.

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