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Old 04-22-2011, 03:43 AM
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Wide tires with stock hieght?

I am slowly turning my 98 dak sport 2wd into a street racing machine and it is getting about time for new tires. Right now i hav ethe stock 215/75/15's on my 15x8 wheels that i bought from a fellow dak owner instead of the star fish wheels. my question is what is a really nice wide tire that will be the same height as to not mess with the speedo and i can do on all 4 to make it look nice. i dont really want wider in the back and sknny in the front jsut 4 really beffy tires that look kinda "race car-ish" pics would be great too... thanks
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:56 AM
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With an 8" wide rim you could easily go to a 235 or 245 wide tire. Go to tire rack's website and look up the specs on your tires. Then punch in some different sizes until you find what your looking for.
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215/75R15 = 27.7 inches diameter and 8.46 inches wide. This size is not suitable to be on an 8-inch wheel. They should be on a 7-inch wide wheel max.

I recommend:

235/70R15 = 27.95 inches diameter and 9.25 inches wide
The 235/70R15 will be closest to stock size but a bit wider. These are much better for an 8-inch wide wheel than the stock size.

255/70R15 = 29.06 inches diameter and 10.04 inches wide
The 255/70R15 will be a bit taller and wider.This will fill the wheel wells a bit more. These fit extremely nice on an 8-inch wide wheel.

275/60R15 = 27.99 inches diameter and 10.83 inches wide
The 275/60R15 are the widest and will fit a 8-inch wide rim, but would be more suitable to put on a 10-inch wide rim.
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i dont care what should be on it. im looking more into performance and looks. im thinking the 275/60/15s would be nice
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I was gonna say to go with 55s. 75s are a little much for an 8" rim. It's gonna make an unstable tire, too much roll.
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I'm running 255's in the rear. Would like to put them up front and 275's on the rear but am not sure about using an 8" rim for 275's either. I drive fairly aggressive. My speedo is off 3mph (fast).
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so i would be off by 3mph with the 255s.. thats not too bad. to they stick out from the wheel real nice like? I want it to look like a race car which is my only reason for asking.
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I have 255/60/16s on the 16x8s and it's a nice, wide looking tire that's 28" tall. too bad BFG doesn't make that size Radial T/A anymore, cause I love the raised white letter look on the silver wheels. I think Cooper Cobra's are still available in that size though, I'll get those next time, and from what i hear, the coopers are a better tire anyway.

on my R/T rims, I have 275/55/17s which are 29" tall.

both will affect the speedo some, but you could get your computer programmed for different tires too. the factory had about 9 different tire combinations with these trucks, so getting a speedo calibration to one of the factory sizes that's close to your new tire, shouldn't be hard to do at all.

my truck had 15x7s and the tiny ass 215 size tires like you have now, but my mom had a dakota that had 16x8s from the factory and had 255s (infact, that's where I got my 16x8s...when she was about to trade her truck in, I swapped wheels!)
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I think it's a nice compromise. I'll take a picture from the rear today and you can see what you think.
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Ight thanks. I like your truck btw. Its kinda what im going for just red and maybe a little lower like in your sig. Need alot of body work for that tho.
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Here are a couple from the rear. As you can see, 275's would be nice (and correct the speedo) but I'm just not sure how they would handle and work with these rims.

This works out well enough and I'm looking for a set to put up front (quit making these shortly after I purchased them)

I raised her back up to level as it just didn't handle as well and streets around here are pretty rough. Very happy how it is now.
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I'd say if you did want to go 275 to get a shorter Sidewall
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275/60 will actually be a bit taller than a 255/60. That will correct the speedo back to stock.
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I'm referring to handling wise.
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I agree, but he is worried about his speedo reading properly. If you have a tuner I beleive you can change this as 275/50's would be SWEET!!!!

Note, that size would be about 7mph off.
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