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Old 01-11-2017, 09:26 AM
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I'm finding conflicting information on correct tire size for my 96 XJ12 (16x7 wheels). Is 55 or 60 aspect ratio proper for the 225/xxR16's or maybe it doesn't matter?

Would a Z speed rating give a more harsh ride than a V?

Also, tire brand/model recommendations?

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As far as I know all the USA cars had standard suspension and 225/60x16 tires.

The 55-series tires were used with the optional Sports Suspension....which was not offered on USA market cars

As for tires....what are your priorities? Long tread life? Noise/comfort/ride? Cornering traction? Wet tractions?

If you just want a quality tire with good all-round characteristics I had great luck with 2 sets of BF Goodrich Advantage TA, 225/60x16, V-speed rating. No vices, no problems, last about 40k miles, good wet and dry traction, quiet.

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Thanks. Quietness would be a priority. This will be a fair weather driver but I don't want to give up wet traction.
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60's for the 16" rims is the best. 55's look too small for the wheel openings in my opinion. But... it looks as though you have upgraded your wheels! 18" XK8 rims?
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Thanks for the info. I ended up getting lucky and finding a set of asteroid wheels locally that I believe only came on the 2000-03 XJR. 18x8's wrapped them with 255/40 W-rated Conti's. Debated about diverging from the stock look but I think they look great with the white. I was worried that the ride would become more harsh but I think they ride smoother than the 15 year old Toyo's the car came with.
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Hey, looks badass! Yes it looks like an XJR... But you've got a secret under that hood don't you? It now looks like a completely different vehicle now that it is de-golded too. You've done well.
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Good looking Jag. I have run Goodyear Assurance triple tread 255/60R16 on all my XJ's past and present. Decent tire with a high end looking tread design (for those who care) and not ridiculously priced.
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