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The recommended tire size (according to the door panel sticker) is 205/50 R16 for my '96 900set. Are there any objections to putting on 205/55 R16 tires, because they are cheaper??
 

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they will fit but as the radius is going to be bigger you will notice a drop in performance from the higher gearing that this will give you, it may also not look so astheticly pleasing with the extra rubber
 

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9-5 is using "55" on a 16 wheel! Yes, price difference is tempting and the ride can be more comfortable, but I would go for a recommended size anyway, mostly because of the performance/economy.
 

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There will be a 3 to 4 % difference - who is going to really feel or sense this ???

Plus, the "55" option gives the owner a greater selection of tires..
 

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Later 9-3s all used 205/55R16 tires instead of 205/50R16 tires. The consensus seems to be that the ride comfort is improved a little bit with virtually no loss of performance or handling.
 
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