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96 Honda Civic Tire Size Question - Please Help :)

05/27/2012 2:06 AM

I have a 96 honda civic and the tire size is 190 50 r15, Well I have 190 55r15 in the front and 190 50r15 in the back is this ok, or will it damage it... I also have both cv joints blown out so could that make it even worse??? Thanks

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05/27/2012 3:58 AM

If I had my druthers, I'd put the 55's on the rear.

Tyres sizes are described as follows: Tyre width/ Aspect ratio(the height)/Rim diameter.

Where you would come unstuck is if you had a 55 aspect tyres on one side of the car and 50's on the other. Except if you want to bias the vehicle for speedway racing.

Rule of thumb is to have the same type and size tyre on a given axel (2wd ) or the same on all axels for 4 wheel drive vehicles.

Note: Tyre width also impacts on the rolling diameter of a tyre, they are interelated.

Running the 50 aspect tyres on the front will be "kinder" to your flogged out CV joints relative on how well you nurse the throttle. The 50 aspect tyres have a smaller rolling radius compared to the 55, and would require less effort to turn.

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05/27/2012 4:25 AM

GA.
But of course you also have to factor in what looks coolest
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05/27/2012 8:46 AM

No problem.

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05/27/2012 12:07 PM

There should be a sticker on the door panel................or somewhere. Use the tires that the factory recommends. If you decide to deviate from that, for whatever reason, just remember that cool comes with a price.

Regardless of what you're driving, cv joints will go bad. To say that replacing them is unfun would be an understatement.

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05/27/2012 7:49 PM

185/65/14 should be the original size. This is a balanced system, if you change the tire size, you should change the other components that work with the tires to account for the changes that will occur...

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05/27/2012 8:04 PM

Disregard the confusing replies and go with what you've got, for now.

For proper tire rotation all the tires should be the same diameter, but I, personally, don't think it matters with so little diameter difference. Keep the tires properly inflated and drive sanely and you'll be fine.

When you buy new tires, match the sizes. Which way you go doesn't matter.

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05/27/2012 9:17 PM

That's such a straight forward and caring post. I'm looking for unicorns and rainbows to start popping out of your a**.

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05/28/2012 11:54 PM

Don't get your head too close looking for them. You never know what else may be hiding in there.

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