2 sets of tires varying by tire width & load index. What's the optimal installation placement for these tires?
(Los Angeles, CA)
One of my rear tires was busted so had to replace it. Since I can't afford new tires at the moment, I was advised to consider used tires. So I did.
The specs for the original tires are: P215/50 R17 90V M+S
The specs of the used tires I picked up are: P205/50 R17 93V M+S
I've read enough articles to know that this combination is okay. But what I can't find is information on what's the optimal placement for these different-sized tires, or does it matter?
Will the narrower tire width benefit more when installed in the rear or front? Currently, the narrower tires (P205) are installed in the rear. I am in Los Angeles where it's almost always sunny and dry. Please advise. Thank you.
What you didn't mention was the kind of vehicle you're installing these tires on.
Almost all vehicle manufacturers that I know of strongly advise their owners to not mix tire sizes on vehicles that are 4X4 because of potential damage which this can cause to it.
So if this is a 4X4 vehicle I'd advise you to get the same sized tires all round … and if they're used with about the same degree of wear.