Wheel/Tire combos?

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I am about due for new tires on the car I drive, a 1990 Pontiac Sunbird. It has 215/60 r14 tires from the factory, and no one around my area is stocking that size tire. I am thinking about going to a larger wheel, but want to keep the same outer diameter on the tire. Any suggestions? I would like to be able to find tires more easily.
 

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Just talk to one of the tire dealers in your area that sells tires and wheels, even Sears could give you and idea or the info on what you need. You'll have to pick a next size up rim you want and they will have to see if it comes in a bolt pattern and offset to fit your car and match a tire to it that will fit in the wheelwells with it, and wont throw your speedometer way off.
 

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195/60 R15 should give you the same rolling diameter as 215/60 R14 if you don't mind giving up some width, but as Jim wrote, the bolt pattern and offset of the replacement wheels must match your car.
 

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The factory standard tire size for your vehicle is 175/80-13. There were two factory optional sizes, 195/70-14 and 205/60-14. The 215/60-14 tires on your vehicle now are the wrong ones.

TireRack.com is showing BFGoodrich Traction T/A H&V for $59.00 each in stock. Yokohama also makes the AVS ES100 for your vehicle. Don't fool with tire sizes, stick with the original 205/60-14 otherwise you're asking for problems and headaches... damaged rims and suspension components, improper handling, blowouts... nothing but aggrivation.

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VoiceOfReason said:
I am about due for new tires on the car I drive, a 1990 Pontiac Sunbird. It has 215/60 r14 tires from the factory, and no one around my area is stocking that size tire. I am thinking about going to a larger wheel, but want to keep the same outer diameter on the tire. Any suggestions? I would like to be able to find tires more easily.
The 215/60r14 size still exists, but not as much choice anymore. 195/70r14 is the exact outer diameter replacement. It was also the standard size for most 88-2002 Sunbird/Cavalier/Sunfire cars that sold here. It would be a little less sporty, but hey, it's a 90 Sunbird right? No problems for load rating and you can keep your stock wheels.
 
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Yep, it's a '90 Sunbird, but it's not like most of them. Better suspension, and a much better engine (It even has a larger turbo than stock). I really do not want to give up any handling, and I did double check the tire recommendation on the inside of the door. It is 215/60 r 14. Luckily I was able to find some the other day, but not cheaply. I have no idea why Tire Rack shows 205/60 r 14 tires as an optional size since the Sunbird GT or an LE with the upgraded suspension and engine actually uses a 215/60 r 14. Thanks for the link to tirerack.com since I did find the tires I need for a much better price than they are here.