Tire Concerns: Compatible tires

Tire Concerns: Compatible tires

I have a 1989 VW Cabriolet with 185/60 15" tires. Can they be replaced with p205 65 r15?

Compare your 185/60 15" tires. with p205 65 r15 using ourTire Size Calculator and you'll see that the 205/65 is considerably larger than the 195/60.

I doubt that these tires would give you a satisfactory experience with your VW Cabriolet and would suggest that you use the calculator to find another alternative which is within 2% of the original size for the best results.

Remember when you change the width you are also increasing the height even if the aspect ratio remains the same. When you increase them both, then you are compounding the difference.

You may hear of a rule of thumb in which a change of 10 in the width should be off set by a change in the opposite direction of 5 in the aspect ratio. Example going from 195 to 205 in width, would be off set by a change from 60 to 55 so you'd end up with 205/55R15 being much closer to your original size.


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Check the calculator to compare the 205/50R15 with your tires and you will find that they are about the same rolling circumfrance but will give you the added width and additional performace. You will have to physically check for possible rubbing within the wheelwell.

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