I was looking into getting 215/60R16 tires instead of 215/70r16 tires for my 2006 Honda Element.

Asked by Oct 15, 2014 at 09:47 AM about the 2006 Honda Element LX 4WD

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I am looking into changing tires because they are in stock and are a good price. Any problems with that?

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The 60 and 70 in the size is the profile. aka aspect ratio. It is the % of tire width. So going from 70% of 215 to 60% of 215, (70% of 215 mm is 150.5 mm tall,) 60% of 215 mm is 129 mm tall. a 21.5 mm difference, converted to inches 0.85" shorter in height..less than one inch. Now, for each turn of the tire you will travel ( I have to find the formula to be exact) but you will travel a less distance than with the taller= larger diameter=circumference wheel/tire. That effects your gear ratios in every gear, including final drive ratio, speedometer, odometer. Speedometer will show a faster speed than actually going, and odometer will count more miles. 65 mph on speedometer is 61 mph true speed

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Thank you so much for your help. Sounds like its better to keep with the same size tire.

Tire revolutions per mile (now) 724-- w/60's -771...6.5% diff. Just presenting the info for what it is, not trying to influence you..your car your call. I have seen much more extreme changes. Happy motoring moe!

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your car is big- and should have big tires and wheels- for rough roads and off-roading- that's what the element is made for- 60 series tires and smaller (50,40,30) are for racy sports cars because less sidewall means they corner better- you want taller tires to absorb shocks better-

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