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The standard tyre size for the XC is 215/65 R16, and the standard tyre supplied is the Pirelli Scorpion, which is a compromise for both off-road and on-road driving. Since I will be spending most of my time on tarmac, I am contemplating switching to standard road tyres which will be quieter. HOWEVER, road tyres for this size are very expensive. I was told the Pirelli P6000 225/60 R16 would be much cheaper than the 215/65 R16 (almost by half). I am not sure if I should change the tyre size. Any suggestions?
 

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You might want to check Tirerack.com for prices. On average, 215/65/R16's are around $20 cheaper than comparable 225/60/R16's. For example, the Pirelli Scorpion S/T in 215/65/R16 is $99 whereas the Pirelli P6000 225/60/R16 is $145. Prices totally depend on what tire and brand you buy, plus various sizes in general. These numbers could be switched depending on what tire you select.

Another thing that you should consider is, when you change from 215/65/16 to 225/60/16, it will change the accuracy of your speedometer. For instance, at 80mph, there will be an error of 1.12mph, at 60mph, there will be an error of 0.84mph. This will also change the accuracy of some of the numbers in the info/trip computer.

I guess that prices in Malaysia could be somewhat different than the US.

I hope this helps!

-Drew

[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 10-02-2001).]
 

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Thanks InDy. Will take note of the inaccuracy of the speedometer after the change. Prices in Malaysia are indeed very different from US. The Pirelli Scorpion S/T 215/65/16 costs RM500 (Exch rate is 3.8), whereas the Pirelli P6000 215/65/16 costs some RM1000. However, Pirelli P6000 225/60/16 will cost about RM650. I was told that the price discrepancy in the 215/65/16 was due to the 'odd' size that most cars in Malaysia do not use, hence the import volumes are small and there are no economies of scale in importing.
 

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The speedo already reads a few percent high if you care to check it. Changing the tires may make it more accurate if the effective wheel diameter is increased.
 
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