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[QUOTE=turbo3six;6471953]265/45/16 is just an 'ok' substitute... because it is a taller tire, with a larger sidewall, diameter, radius and circumfrence yielding a 7.2% variance to the original 245/45/16

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Respectfully - I believe your math is off - 245/45-16 diameter is 24.7 in, 265/45-16 diameter is 25.4 in, which is only 2.9%, not 7.2%. Also another stock tire size on rear was 225/50-16, which has a diameter of 24.9, which makes the % change compared to the 265's even smaller - 2.1%. (I did it on my calculator but there's a cool online tire-size calculator http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

I have the 265/45-16 XS on my car and love them, they are way better than the SO2 & SO3 combo I used to use for a while (neither type was offered in the required two sizes) - IMO to brand them as "just ok" is "just not the case"! For me, they are easily the best UHP tires I ever had on my car in the 180k and 13 years I've enjoyed. Pressures are critical though, I've settled on F-32psi (225/50), and R-33psi (265/45) for best temps and feel.

Agreed, the Toyo RA1 is indeed a great choice (in light of the Kumho 265 demise ;-)

Also, the Nexen site lists both 225/50-16 & 245/45-16 for the N3000... if other Pelicans like them (see infraredCalvin's post), they will be certainly cheap fun until we move to 17's...
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