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i got these wheels off a kid on PW and the tires that came on them are 225/50, and im gonna order tires but i just wanted to make sure that theyll fit and everything
 

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should i get 215/55 instead of the 205/55

If you use 215-55s instead of oem 205-55s, it will throw off the speedometer/odometer reading a bit. That may be one reason the previous owner used 225-50s, which provide speed/odo reading almost exactly the same as 205-55s.
You can investigate tire size differences on the tirerack site or the miata tire calculator. www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
 

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If you use 215-55s instead of oem 205-55s, it will throw off the speedometer/odometer reading a bit. That may be one reason the previous owner used 225-50s, which provide speed/odo reading almost exactly the same as 205-55s.
You can investigate tire size differences on the tirerack site or the miata tire calculator. www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
how could 225's not throw it off more than 215's?

i checked out the tire calculator but it seems weird how it works
 

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how could 225's not throw it off more than 215's?

i checked out the tire calculator but it seems weird how it works
It's because the 225s are 50s, which means they have a shorter sidewall than the 215s which are 55s. 50 or 55 is the sidewall ratio. Call or email tirerack, they can explain it to you - or just visit your local tire dealer for an explanation.
 

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I ran 215/55/16 on my B5 sedan. The speedometer is off anyway, so it was slightly more accurate with the taller tires. I have 225/50/16 on my sedan. Visually, the 225 is slightly wider and has a shorter sidewall. The 205/55/16 will be better in snow and heavy rain.
 
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