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Hey everyone!

So we were given an almost brand new set of winter tires for our 2011 Kia Sportage. The stock tires are 215/70R16 - the tires I got are 205/60R16. There's about a 4% difference in tire size and when the speedo reads 60 we'll be doing 55mph. No big deal (especially for free tires that will only be on 4 months a year).

Tire Warehouse refuses to mount them, and VIP also refuses to mount them. They said they will only mount stock size tires or 1 size up or down. Also the load index is slightly less on the winter tires but it's still a 91 which is much more than the GVWR.

SO I guess I'm just ranting because there's a snowstorm on the way and nobody will mount my tires. Gonna try the local guys tomorrow.

Does anyone else run a non stock tire size?
 

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It's actually about 8% difference in size. 215/70/16 has a load capacity of about 1764 lbs. Whereas 205/60/16 is 1350-1390 lbs. Now, while that lower load capacity may be fine if your car isn't moving, you have to consider weight transfer when cornerning, braking, having cargo and passengers, etc...

In this case, I can certainly understand why the shops won't do it. They should be able to explain it a little better to you, however. I would advise against putting these on your vehicle. Perhaps you can sell them or swap them for the proper size quickly.
 

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Going down from a 215/70/16 to a 206/60/16 is a significant size difference. The 205/60/16 is going to be over 2 inches shorter overall.
 

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You might try Walmart, or some place that will mount them, but refuse to put them on the car,,, You can do this yourself. I had a couple of snow tires I bought at Sam's club for my S-10 pickup, they mounted them, but refused to put them on the truck, so I did.

Stock tires were 205/70/15", the snows were 215/65/15", actually a beefier size,,, go figure :rolleyes:
 

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The Tires are rated 1000 lbs higher than the GVWR of the car, not the curb weight. GVWR includes passengers/cargo. Eh, I'll ask Nelson Tire here in town tomorrow. Like I said, I know the speedo will be off. I was looking for a load index for the 11 Kia Sportage but I can't find one anyway. The tires that come on it have a much higher speed rating than needed at 130mph and it seems the load index is higher than needed as well.

That's why I think these tires are fine. I play around with tires all the time on my Jeep, but I'm usually going much bigger. Have 33's on it now.

EDIT - OH MY BAD!!! I meant 225/60R16 - 4% difference in tire size. NOT 205/60R16 (that's what i had on my Honda, so I had a brain fart)

These are the tires - http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Cooper/WEATHER-MASTER+S-T+2/2640C
 

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Ah, a 225/60/16 wouldn't be as bad as a 205/60/16. You don't really want wider for winter, but we're only talking 1cm wider. And your speedo will only be about 3mph too fast at 60 mph. Load capacity should be good enough then too.

I'd try an independent shop, and not a chain, as they won't have as strict policies regarding "proper sizing". Bring the shop a pizza for them to share among the employees if you really want to make sure they take care of you. :)
 

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The stock factory size tire for my previous 2010 Tucson GLS is 225/60/17". Not much different then your 225/60/16" snow tire.

The Tucson Limited has 225/55/18" tires, and the new to me 2011 Sportage EX has 235/55/18" tires.

By the way, I like Cooper tires, I just replaced my o.e. Hankook Optimo tires with Cooper CS-4 Touring tires.
 
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