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I'm gonna need new tires soon and am considering increasing the width of the tires on my 2012+ from the OEM 205 /55 R16 to 225 /50 R16.

Any thoughts? Anyone made this change to their car?
 

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First, let me ask....."what do you want your tires to do for you?"

If you're looking for super mileage, then you'd want a narrow tire, fully inflated to roll easier with less friction with the road.

But, if you're looking for better traction and better wet surface handling, go to a wider tire.

I've done both. I went from the OEM 195mm wide tire to a 215mm wide tire, for the increased traction, because I drive in the sand a lot. And then to minimize side wall flexing, I increased my tire pressure.
My result is good traction, NO hydroplaning, great handling and cornering, and pretty good MPG.

I guess my solution is NOT for everyone, but "it works for me!".

Good Luck, and Happy Holidays!

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I'm gonna need new tires soon and am considering increasing the width of the tires on my 2012+ from the OEM 205 /55 R16 to 225 /50 R16.

Any thoughts? Anyone made this change to their car?
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My concerns are: Will they fit without rubbing on the wheel wells and will they affect ABS or suspension parts adversely.
 

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My concerns are: Will they fit without rubbing on the wheel wells and will they affect ABS or suspension parts adversely.
I don't think they would neil. The 225s come standard on the Exclaim & the area in question is identical to the base & plus models.

I like your idea & am considering doing the same thing on my next set of tires & wheels.
 
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I wonder if it would affect the KIA gas mileage reimbursement program. The tire diameter is almost exactly the same and it doesn't change the odometer accuracy but they might still use it as an excuse to cease my payments.
 

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The below should help.

Stock: 195 65 15 Dia: 25"-- Tread width: 5.7" Section width: 7.9"
MAX 225 70 15 Dia: 27.4" Tread width: 6.9" Section width" 9.0"

Stock: 205 60 16 Dia: 25.6" Tread width: 6.7" Section width: 8.2"
MAX 235 60 16 Dia: 27.1" Tread width: 7.6" Section width: 9.5"

Stock: 235 55 17 Dia: 26.3" Tread width: 6.1 Section width: 8.9"
MAX 235 55 17 Dia: 27.2" Tread width: 7.8" Section width: 9.7"

Stock: 235 45 18 Dia: 26.3" Tread width: 6.6" Section width 9.3"
MAX 225 50 18 Dia: 26.9" Tread width: 8.0" Section width: 9.2"
 

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I wonder if it would affect the KIA gas mileage reimbursement program. The tire diameter is almost exactly the same and it doesn't change the odometer accuracy but they might still use it as an excuse to cease my payments.
They don't look at your tires, only your Odometer. To them, it's just the numbers. They couldn't care less what tires you have on the car.

I've been doing this every six months for the past five years.

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I wonder if it would affect the KIA gas mileage reimbursement program. The tire diameter is almost exactly the same and it doesn't change the odometer accuracy but they might still use it as an excuse to cease my payments.
No it won't. And if you ask the guy checking at your odometer, prepare to understand the "What, are you from Mars?" look is all about.

You are in danger of analysis paralysis.
 
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For what it's worth, I just replaced my 205/55R16 tires with 215/60R16 Kumhos and they fit with room to spare. I am sure a 225/60 would fit, but don't know how the wider tire will react on the stock 6.5" wide rims(cornering?). I decided to stay smaller at 215 mm width. I put 200 miles on them and they ride AND corner BETTER than the 205/55R16 Goodyear Assurance tires I had before. I had no complaints with the Goodyears (they had 50K miles on them). I just wanted something new. We'll see how well these Kumho Ecsta PA31 tires hold up over time....
 

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I am running 235 60 16s for summer and winter tires and love them. Fills the wheel wells and is a wider tire. Never a rub issue.

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I am running 235 60 16s for summer and winter tires and love them. Fills the wheel wells and is a wider tire. Never a rub issue.

Mark
Awesome. What wheels did you get for them? Any chance of a pic Mark?
 

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I posted them before but the summer tires are 235 60 16 Bfgoodrich G-Force Profilers and the winter tires are bfgoodrich rugged terrain tires. They do really great in the snow and make the little Soul look more like an SUV. Wheels for summer tires are Optima wheels.

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Here are before and after pics. Before ...Goodyear Assurance 205/55R16 (with 50K miles on them and at 4/32 tread).
After...Kumho Ecsta PA-31 215/60r16 tires with about 120 miles on them.

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Not much visual difference really, but huge difference in ride quality. I almost wish I had gone with 225's, but still concerned with rim width. Someday maybe I'll get some wider rims and wider tires, or perhaps go to a 17" wheel at 7inch width, with 225 width. We'll see in 40K miles.
 

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Here are before and after pics. Before ...Goodyear Assurance 205/55R16 (with 50K miles on them and at 4/32 tread).
After...Kumho Ecsta PA-31 215/60r16 tires with about 120 miles on them.

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Not much visual difference really, but huge difference in ride quality. I almost wish I had gone with 225's, but still concerned with rim width. Someday maybe I'll get some wider rims and wider tires, or perhaps go to a 17" wheel at 7inch width, with 225 width. We'll see in 40K miles.
The difference in ride quality is due more to the sidewall than the width, IE" the higher the sidewall the better the ride, conversely the lower the sidewall the worse the ride.

if you go to a 17 you will have to go to a lower sidewall to maintain accuracy in your speedometer.The factory tire size for a 17" rim is 215x45x17. Width is also directly related to side wall.
Best have either tire rack or direct tire calculate corresponding plus and minus combinations related to the OEM rim and tire fitment on your car. Most good tire and rim dealers will calculate this free of charge.

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Mark,
I loved this picture, but She just needed just a little Makeup.

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The side bumpers give her the Classic Soul look.

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Tires are weird things. If you want better MPG, you add more air, and if you need greater traction you take OUT some air.
How they perform for you, just depends on how much air you put in them.
Just a thought!
 
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