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I just got my split spoke design dark gunmetal wheels from nissan for nissan cube. These are 16x6 +42 offset. The recommend tire size for these wheels are 195 55 16. which is same as stock Cube SL wheels/tires package. Here's my question, Would it be okay to use 205/55/16 on these wheels? The reason is that I noticed that the choice for 195/55 is very limited and pricey for some reason.
 

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BentoBox said:
I just got my split spoke design dark gunmetal wheels from nissan for nissan cube. These are 16x6 +42 offset. The recommend tire size for these wheels are 195 55 16. which is same as stock Cube SL wheels/tires package. Here's my question, Would it be okay to use 205/55/16 on these wheels? The reason is that I noticed that the choice for 195/55 is very limited and pricey for some reason.
I'm not a tire expert, but having gone through the whole pricey cube SL tires when searching for snows, I found the calculator at: http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp to be very helpful. It will warn you if you have selected a tire size too different
With the stock tire/wheel, Actual Speed: 60 mph
With the 205s, Speedometer1: 58.9 mph
Speedometer Difference: 1.757% too slow
Diameter Difference: - Diameter Difference: 1.73%

When I was looking for the snows, I went with 15 inch rims which opened up a world of "cheaper" tires to choose from. The stock Toyos are V+ rated and can be found on performance cars. I doubt that there are very many cubes that will be regularly cruising about at 135mph, so why they are shod with such a performance tire...
 

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Yep, I agree. A 205/50-16 would nearly be an exact match.
 

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Using the Miata Tire Size Calculator, the 205/55/16 size would result in an over-read on the speedometer of 1.8% and the 205/50/16 size would result in an under-read on the speedometer of 1.5%.

I'd rather go with the 205/55/16's 1.8% over-read to compensate for what I think is the OEM's under-read of approximately the same amount.

If you go with the 205/50/16 size, the 1.5% under-read would be added to the OEM's under-read, making the speedometer even more inaccurate.
 

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sorry to bump an older thread. i have an S with the 15in steelies. if i upgrade to SL wheels, do i get 195/55-16 or 205/50-16 (+1 to the 15's)?
in other words, is the cubes gearing more accurate to the 195/60-15 or 195/55-16 size?
 

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sorry to bump an older thread. i have an S with the 15in steelies. if i upgrade to SL wheels, do i get 195/50-16 or 205/45-16 (+1 to the 15's)?
in other words, is the cubes gearing more accurate to the 195/55-15 or 195/50-16 size?
If I remember correctly, my SL Cube has 195/55-16. I'll check that again though.
 

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EzeE1o said:
sorry to bump an older thread. i have an S with the 15in steelies. if i upgrade to SL wheels, do i get 195/50-16 or 205/45-16 (+1 to the 15's)?
in other words, is the cubes gearing more accurate to the 195/55-15 or 195/50-16 size?
If I remember correctly, my SL Cube has 195/55-16. I'll check that again though.
yea youre right. Edited my post with correct#s.
Question still stands, which size is best for an S owner to go with?
 
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