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I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota pick up which normally takes 215/75R15 tires. Right now I have a Goodyear 205/75R15 tire which is brand new I plan to put this tire on the front once I find a new matching tire and size to match. Is This Ok ?  If I can't find a matching tire is it alright to go with a 205/70R 15 tire for the other side or a 195/R70R15  or a size that matches pretty close to the 205/75R15 ?
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Sam,

I am not a fan of using smaller tires.  If your vehicle came with P215/75R15's, then I think you ought to stick with that size.

Further, mixing tire sizes on a vehicle - especially different brands, is problematic.

And certainly, I wouldn't go even further down in size.  That's the direction towards tire failures.   

So If I were in your shoes, I would buy 4 P215/75R15's and sell the 205 on eBay.

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Barry Smith

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I have over 30 years experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of tires. I have served as the technical advisor to the "800" number. I have authored or co-authored many publications - usually without credit. I can answer almost any technical question, but please don`t ask me to compare brands. I probably have prejudices because of my work experience.

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Member SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Member Tire Society (Tire Technical Organization) SCCA Regional Competiton License holder Authored many training manuals on tires, their care and use.

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SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Tire Society

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You may want to visit my web site: http://www.barrystiretech.com/index.html

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I am a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH - BME, 1971 I attended graduate school at the University of Akron - but did not complete my PhD - something I regret.

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