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I have 4 Hankook 215/65/16's, Has anyone tried a tire this tall on their 2nd gen xB.
They are currently on 05 Ford Mustang 16/7.0 rims with same bolt pattern as xB 4.5 I know odometer will be off. I could remount tires on son's 2011 Camry 215/60/16 rims later. Or use them as winter tires on steel rims. Just want to know if anyone tried to raise ground clearance for winter with taller side walls and other problems. :confused:thanks
 

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are you lowered at all? if not, then you shouldn't have any issues. i bought my xB used and whoever had it before me put on 205-65-16's and lowered it with eibach pro kit. no rubbing issues whatsoever. as a matter of fact, these tires fill in any fender gap pretty well. even with the prokit, im still as tall as normal xb's, though just level. lol. i'm not too big of a fan of them however, because i wanna go lower and they tend to be bouncy. first chance i get im gonna go back to what mine had stock, which was 17's with 225 45 17's. your size will fit just fine, provided you arent lowered more than about an inch all around. yours should just be slightly wider than mine, but with the increased with on the rim shouldnt make a difference (im on stock steelies). hope this helps.


btw, those tires should be around 2 inches taller in diameter than stock setup, so yeah, expect about an inch higher ride height. also, when speedo is reading 70, you'll approx be going 74. let me know if youd like pics of how mine fit and my ride height right now and i'd be more than happy to help. :cheers:
 

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Hello Box Monkey,
Thanks for the size info, My xB is all original mechanically. Other than a KN filter, window vents and Toyota spoke style hub caps from a flea market its nornal looking outside.
It was a lease and I bought it off the lease in Oct 20012. I've been happy with it as all around knock around second vehicle to family sedan and convertible back up- winter sled. Easy in and out access, back seats usually in the down position
I'am in the older demographic so lowering and drifting or cone racing is not my thing these days. Used to back in my British car days. What your post tells me is after I do a physical fit check of the Ford alloy rims offset and the like I have 2 sets of tires that are useable. Its a matter of switching them over, painting up the steel rims and saving them for winter. I can imagine them being bouncy/softer feel.
I just put a set of 245/45/18 on 2008 Ford GT rims on my 2005 V6 convertible and the ride is firmer/harder feeling. But being in a snowbelt area outside Buffalo NY a little road clearance and pothole absorbtion will help. We tend to slow down speed wise winter months and not take the corners as hard.
I will proably wait now till spring and do the switch over rim wise so I don't salt up the alloy rims (with spinners) we are off to Florida in 3 weeks . Taking Ma's new Sonata. Plan B gets a 3 month rest this year.
Thanks again, good luck with your box. If the xB was from 40 years ago this car would be legendary now. I sure hope Toyota saves it, improves it, keeps it afforable for its target buyers and us old hippies.
 

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Upon further review,- mounting the 215/65/16 on Ford rims- for space/fit test I have mixed results. I only put one on the driver front and gave a ride around the block. First it was a very visable wheelwell fill. So much so that I don't know if would be a good idea to use them as winter tires. They really are close to the front inner well and might cause snow build up/retention during moderate to heavy snows.
However the lift and fill the taller tire gives the car seems like old school tire sizes or urban suv ride height. Which would help at the boat launch ramp keeping the tailpipe out of the water in getting duck/utility boat to float.
Decisions, decisions.
The o5 Ford Mustang alloy rims lined up bolt pattern and offset to clear brake caliber by 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch. They are decent looking but not as dramactic as many of the aftermarket rims many people have on their cars... I'll wait to see how "floaty 4 tires feel this spring before I start moving tires around, mount/ dismount rebalance can add up.
Intesting that having one tire with out the TPS monitor in it DID NOT set off the dash light. Maybe it allows /programed to read 3 tires and a spare (no TPS)
 
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