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I made up a small spreadsheet for Summer Tire availability and matching. This is for primarily for 2003-05 Spyders with stock OEM wheels and no crash bolts. I found these tires on TireRack and several other websites. No All-Season tires are included. I hope this helps some people.

OEMAlternativeOEMAlternativeAlternativeOEM
185/55R15195/50R15205/50R15205/45R16205/50R16215/45R16
YokohamaFleva V701XOAOB
KumhoECSTA PS31XOAOB
ToyoProxes R1ROAOB
DunlopDirezza ZIIIOAB
Yokohama Advan A052OAB
HankookVentus R-S4OO
FalkenRT 615K+AX
Federal 595 RS-ROAOB
FalkenRT660AX
BF GoodrichRival S1.5AX
BridgestoneRE-71RSAOX
X = OEM size
O = Alternative size
Ideal matchX + X
Alternative MatchO + O
Your On Your OwnAll Others
 

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225/45-16. This is available in R1R, ZIII, and some other make that I can't remember.

The combination that I prefer is 195/55-15 and 225/45-16. OE + 1cm, and speedo is dead on.
 

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I have 225/50r16, but I don't recommend. The gearing is nice on the highway, but handling is very poor. My particular tires (Linglong Crosswind) cause a secondary yaw moment. For example, if turning left, the front with start to turn, the rear resists, chassis rotation happens, and then finally the rear almost bounces back out to the right. Not super easy to keep it steady on highway turns.

Also I had to remove the rear wheel arch "spats" or whatever the little plastic flaps are in front of the rear wheels.
 

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OK RMeller. I will add the 225/45R16. The Yokohama A052 is the other tire. I was hesitant at first because 7.5" wheels are recommended but 7" will fit. Also I did not know how this fits on a purely stock, non-lowered car. Any rubbing? Any modifications or adjustments needed?
 

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We have been running the Fleva V701 for awhile now, and like them better than the S.Drive we ran previously. We run 16x7 wheels all around and went from 195/46-16 F and 215/40-16 R in S.Drive to the same size front, but 205/45-16 R. The front tread width is less than the S.Drive in the same size and the 205 rear is advertised as having an almost 3/4" narrower tread than the 215, but has a more rounded profile which seems to work better with a strut suspension. They actually seem to have as much or more grip that the wider S.Drive and a better ride

The tread pattern is almost the same, and the tire is lighter than the S.Drive in the same size. We run the same tire pressures (28 psi F, 34 psi R) and alignment
 
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