New Performance Tires

mdepo12

New member
Hey i just bought a new 2006 corolla about 5 months ago .... I live in New Jersey as you all probably know, it gets snowy and the roads get rough around here... i really want to buy new tires for my car but i'm not sure which ones to get....does anyone know of any all season tires that wouldn't be too much of an expensive but would upgrade my car's performance?

 

Bikeman982

Bikeman982
I bought Big O Legacy for my car and they seem to be pretty good. You can also get Michelin or Goodyear. I have used them as well and they worked fine. There are many brands of tires and you have to look at what you want as far as traction and durability. Hope this helps.

 
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mdepo12

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idk i think i want somethign a little better than that, but not too pricy...thanks for the help though....also if anyone knows what size i shoudl get , please help with that also.... thanks all

 

Bikeman982

Bikeman982
idk i think i want somethign a little better than that, but not too pricy...thanks for the help though....also if anyone knows what size i shoudl get , please help with that also.... thanks all
The Legacy were the best they sold and cost $100 each.

 

now_driving_VW

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The main thing I recommend is snow tires for the winter on stock 15" wheels. It was frustating when driving to Mountain Creek last Thursday when the car in front of you is struggling to do 20 under the speed limit because they were using all-season tires. For cheap snow tires: I would say the (Firestone) Winterforce. I'm really a fan of Green Diamond tires, but these were significantly cheaper. The knobby tread is a little noisy-- but crank the radio a little louder.

For the warmer months.... I recommend getting another set of alloy wheels, giong 16" with 205/55 r16 tires. It would enhance the look and with a shorter sidewall, you'll some slightly better steering response. Cheap tires? Try Kumho ECSTA ASX. They are an excellent tire for the price. You can buy better all-season performance tires....for more money.

 

mdepo12

New member
what size tires will fit on the stock 15" wheels on the corolla S .... i know it comes with 195/65/15 ...but what other sizes can be put on?

 

muzak

New member
I may be wrong here, but you bought a Corolla which is one of the more expensive and reliable cars out there. Why skimp on tires, but just go and buy 4 new rims and put dedicated snows on if you live in a climate where snow is a factor. Put some nice "all season" tires on for the summer, which is about all they are good for anyway. I'm still shopping, but considering the Goodyear Comfort Treads (205-60-15), which I'm buying in the next few weeks. I bought Blizzak Revos this past fall and am a bit dissapointed that the best part of the tire is only the first 55%.

 

Bikeman982

Bikeman982
When I lived in Massachusetts I had a second set of rims with snow tires mounted on them and did a complete swap-out when the snow came. It was a lot cheaper than buying winter tires that got worn out by driving with them year round, and safer than using summer tires in the snow.

 

mdepo12

New member
will 195/60/15 , 205/65/15, and 205/60/15 fit on the stock wheels on a 2006 corolla....

for whichever ones fit, what are the advantages of each?

 

Max

New member
All those will fit. My question to you earlier was which model do you have? The CE comes stock with 185/65/15s, meaning you can plus zero at 195/60. The LE and S come with 195/65/15s. You can plus zero those with 205/60s. Advantage to plus zero is that your speedo and odo will read pretty much the same as they do know, as the tire will be just about the same overall diameter. Of course, you can also plus one if you want, but I wouldn't go wider than the 205s. The tires you are talking about are so close in size I can't see any real difference in any of them, except wider tires with a lower profile look better on most cars, and may improve handling, as well.

 

Max

New member
I would, but it's up to you. You may want to stick with 195/65, or even try a 215/55, but it's not highly recommended. I wouldn't go wider than 205. If you haven't yet checked out tirerack.com, it's a great place to find out what sizes will fit your car, and read reviews on tires.

 

Bikeman982

Bikeman982
Why did Toyota go to the larger size - 15" tires? My generation cars all are 14". Does it improve handling or is it for cosmetic reasons or economical??

 

now_driving_VW

New member
Cosmetic. With the chunkier proportions, a 14" wheel won't look right.

Why did Toyota go with 14" wheels on the 1993 Corolla when the orevious sedans had 13" wheels?

Why doe toyota use 185/65 r15 on CE vs a almost 3% larger 195/65 r5 on S & LE? Don't know. It's cheaper to standardize them across the board. Toyota does have a history of doing this. Previous 2 generations used 175/65 r14 on the bottom of the line grades versus 185/65 r14 on higher grades.

 

arens

New member
will a 205/60 give me better handling and traction than a 206/65?
The same brand/model 205/60 should give better handling than 205/65. The sidewall should have less give and the actual contact patch will be slightly larger.

Of course you can't compare a brandX/modelA vs brandY/modelB or even brandX/modelA to brandX/modelB this way. There are some brand/models of 205/65 that will outperform another brand model 205/60.

 

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