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Old 10-19-2010, 07:57 AM
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mixed tire sizes on front/rear axles

Hi - just got a huge blow out from a pothole on the front left tyre of my Jazz Exclusive. Here in South-East Europe I simply can't find 185/55 16" replacements without a 2/3 week order time and the used market for this tyre is non-existent.

As I don't have big bucks to spend, what would be my best strategy? I am thinking to move the 185/55 16 rear tyres to the front axles, and place easier-to-find 195/55 16 on the rear axles. Is this a sustainable combination until the 185/55 16 wear out and I can buy two more 195/55 16s? (they have 25000km).

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Old 10-19-2010, 10:08 AM
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My Advice;

Don't ever mix tire sizes or types on any car. It's not only the size you have to consider but the compound, tread pattern, etc. If the back of the car has a greater potential to break loose due to a smaller contact patch on the road, or changed vehicle geometry, then you are asking for trouble when you least expect it. I just checked Tire Rack, and they have the Dunlop OEM tire in stock, and Bridgstone Blizzaks, which may be an option considering the time of year it is. One tire they show that would interest me over the OEM is a Fit sized version of the Bridgestone potenza, but it would be on back order.

Bottom line (for me) would be to tough out the transportation situation and wait for a full set, considering the wear on whats left of course. And if the three remaining wheels have decent life left, then get the OEM stocker of the right size. Tire Rack ships, and one tire should take that long, even going across the pond.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:07 PM
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Cool Well...

I was a proud owner of a crap mobile when I was younger with four different tires by different manufacturers, some different sizes (mostly bald).

Yes the car will be squirrelly and impossible to align, etc...

Your best bet is to do what you said and replace them in pairs (If you can't afford 4 tires).

The car won't be as balanced as it would on four tires the same size and type.

Like you mentioned you can plan ahead and look for the next tires you want to put on the car. You should also consider the 205/50R16, which will give you increased handling, but might slightly reduce gas mileage, but will be closer to the overall diameter of the original tires and an easy to find size from many manufacturers.

On my old Dodge Charger (1972) I had bigger wheels and tires in back that were taller and wider than the fronts. The car was great at pulling out straight, but harder to turn. The rear tires which were more expensive lasted twice as long as spec, but the front tires wore out twice as quickly.

Not sure where to place the wider tires on a front wheel drive car, maybe someone else will have some insight.
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thanks for the helpful responses. Yes perhaps I should have been a bit clear and say that I would plan to buy two 195/55 16", not to run different sizes on the same axle.
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I run 195 in front and 185 in back. Subtle oversteer that creeps up on you at high speeds but I also have about 100 lbs off the rear. You'll be fine
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