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Best Tire Size 2002 Sportage 4WD RWD

I dont wheel around that much but its getting close to summer and its time for new tires. I Have an up hill gravel driveway and a 12 (Maybe take a few) miles on backroads to work i make.

I want a little bit bigger tires but still get good mpg dont know what to get.

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Try a 215 /75 r 15 or 235/75 r15

They will give you a bit more height without affecting your power and economy to much. Also fit without lift and on your standard rims.


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Wheels not designed for your car will modify the scrub radius resulting in a lesser steering grip; but if you do not speed on turns perhaps you could not notice that.

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235/75/15
Very usefull in my oppinion.
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215/75/15 or 225/75/15 is what I recommend. A 235/75/15 may rub, especially if your springs are weak.

I get around 20-21 highway with the 5 year old 215/75/15 on mine.

Early summer they are going by by and a 4" lift and 31/10.50/15 are going on.
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I was considering the opposite. I would prefer to lower this vehicle because of it's narrow wheel base and top heavy feel. Bigger tires seem like more work on the tiny 4 banger also.
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I was considering the opposite. I would prefer to lower this vehicle because of it's narrow wheel base and top heavy feel. Bigger tires seem like more work on the tiny 4 banger also.
I think you would benefit from adding a rear stabilyzer bar to your Sportage:
http://addco.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-con...12/03/2037.pdf
http://www.andysautosport.com/products/addco__2037.html
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hmmm now i gotta buy that sway bar =). I run 235/70/15 minimal rub. H&R make a lowering spring but dont run stock dampers if u dont like bouncy. Also have the 30mm spacers in the rear. Tires made the most improvement. It does take corners faster now >)
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I think you would benefit from adding a rear stabilyzer bar to your Sportage:
http://addco.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-con...12/03/2037.pdf
http://www.andysautosport.com/products/addco__2037.html
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I was considering the opposite. I would prefer to lower this vehicle because of it's narrow wheel base and top heavy feel. Bigger tires seem like more work on the tiny 4 banger also.
At a guess from these comments your suspension is still standard and most likely worn out.

My Sport with 4 inches of lift and running 245/75R16 (almost a 31inch tyre) tyres handles like it is on rails even with that extra height.

Buy some new shocks and springs and it will transform your ride. Also look at your suspension and steering bushes as well for any signs of wear.

New suspension is the way to go. Just get a mild lift 40mm.

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I'm going to Walmart, and get 235/75/15 Goodyear Wranglers. ($73.00 right now). Black wall out. Will barely notice that their slightly taller, and will probably compensate for the wear in the springs, and such. Get a cheap wheel alignment to go with them. So many potholes and bumps in the roads these days the extra meat will help. Hell the cars 15 years old, and it takes me everywhere. I did the math, and it will barely add a 1/2 inch between the tire, and the road if that much. Also there's plenty of room in the well.
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