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Need to buy Toyo Proxes 4 for stock 16" S-Lites - conflicted about the optimum size

Hello,

I have a 2 week old MC and am looking at swapping out the runflats for High Performance All-Season tires. I currently have the 195/55R16 GoodYears and have decided to go for Toyo Proxes 4. After doing a bunch of reading, I've narrowed my choces down to two sizes: 205/50R16 and 205/55R16.

I will be keeping the stock 16" S-Lites and will not be doing any other mods to my MINI. All of my driving will be regular city driving with occasional spirited motoring in the twisties.

Based on the MINI2 FAQ, the 205/55R16 will be marginally more than the +-3% tolerance (assuming 24" as the standard diameter - based on http://www.mini2.com/forum/faq.php?faq=faq_wheels_tyres#faq_faq_choosing_wheels)

From Toyo's website (refer to http://fitments.toyo.com/guide/index.php?modelYear=2004&makeID=66&model=Cooper&vehicleID=20611&plusSize=+0 ), both of these sizes seem OK for a 6.5" wide wheel/rim.

So, I am now not sure which of these two will be a better choice for my MINI. Would appreciate any comments/ opinions on the pros and cons of the two sizes (I am only interested in Toyo Proxes 4) and any thoughts/insights as to which would be a better fit for my MINI.

Thanks,
MediocreFred.
 

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The 205/50s will give you a rolling radius closer to stock that the 205/55s.

-1.3% from memory........I'm changing my tyres soon too.......going with 205/50s but Bridgestone S03-Pole Positions.

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Tire Size

MediocreFred said:
Hello,

I have a 2 week old MC and am looking at swapping out the runflats for High Performance All-Season tires. I currently have the 195/55R16 GoodYears and have decided to go for Toyo Proxes 4. After doing a bunch of reading, I've narrowed my choces down to two sizes: 205/50R16 and 205/55R16.

I will be keeping the stock 16" S-Lites and will not be doing any other mods to my MINI. All of my driving will be regular city driving with occasional spirited motoring in the twisties.

Based on the MINI2 FAQ, the 205/55R16 will be marginally more than the +-3% tolerance (assuming 24" as the standard diameter - based on http://www.mini2.com/forum/faq.php?faq=faq_wheels_tyres#faq_faq_choosing_wheels)

From Toyo's website (refer to http://fitments.toyo.com/guide/index.php?modelYear=2004&makeID=66&model=Cooper&vehicleID=20611&plusSize=+0 ), both of these sizes seem OK for a 6.5" wide wheel/rim.

So, I am now not sure which of these two will be a better choice for my MINI. Would appreciate any comments/ opinions on the pros and cons of the two sizes (I am only interested in Toyo Proxes 4) and any thoughts/insights as to which would be a better fit for my MINI.

Thanks,
MediocreFred.
To answer your questions go to this site: http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp?action=submit

The best way to tell the difference is to use the stock tire on the left chart and the replacement on the right chart for both sizes. You will see that there is 25 mm difference in sidewall hight, 10mm in overall size and 1 mph (59 or 61) vs stock size. The Toyo Tires site shows that the weight difference is under one pound between sizes.

It looks like speedo and sidewall are the only difference. Your choice.

A 215/50/16 is a better choice, if available. The only difference is the section width is 20mm larger.


Hope this helps...
 

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kazlot said:
To answer your questions go to this site: http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp?action=submit

A 215/50/16 is a better choice, if available. The only difference is the section width is 20mm larger.


Hope this helps...
If you are thinking about the 215 width tire, the more appropriate size would be 215/45/16, this would keep it closer to the OE 24" diameter. It would actually be 23.6" diameter that would offer a 2% advantage in acceleration and braking compared to stock.

This does not even consider weight advantages of smaller, lighter tires.
 

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kazlot said:
To answer your questions go to this site: http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp?action=submit

The best way to tell the difference is to use the stock tire on the left chart and the replacement on the right chart for both sizes. You will see that there is 25 mm difference in sidewall hight, 10mm in overall size and 1 mph (59 or 61) vs stock size. The Toyo Tires site shows that the weight difference is under one pound between sizes.

It looks like speedo and sidewall are the only difference. Your choice.

A 215/50/16 is a better choice, if available. The only difference is the section width is 20mm larger.


Hope this helps...
Great Link.
 
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