How Can I Tell if a Smaller Wheel Will Fit My Car?

For Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages, it's often beneficial to use a smaller diameter wheel (combined with a taller profile tire) compared to your stock wheels. In many cases, an expensive, low profile tire size and wheel combination can be substituted with a more cost-effective tire and wheel set that'll also afford added sidewall height to minimize pothole damage. With more and more vehicles coming standard with 19" and 20" wheels and tires, "minus sizing" has become very popular. 

How do we know which wheels will fit your vehicle? By measuring your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our fitment engineers to create accurate drawings of these parts. This also helps us check for any interferences. Items we measure or verify during the process include:

  • Bolt Pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub Interference
  • Load Capacity
  • Lug Hardware
  • Suspension Components

Once a wheel is guaranteed, we can develop the corresponding tire size that will both maintain proper load capacity and overall diameter for accuracy of the vehicle's electronic instrumentation and safety systems. Proper fitment engineering allows us to offer Tire & Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle. Our attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel/tire interference and unbalanced handling that can result from improperly designed packages.

For further information on how we verify what wheels are a match for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Comments

Friday, July 25, 2014 by David

Have low profile 215/45-17 on 2012 hyundai elantra limited. I now have bubbles. What size tires should i buy sothis will not happen?
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Doc

David,
To get a noticeably taller sidewall on your tire, you really want to consider switching to a 16" wheel instead. We could not recommend a tire size to fit your current 17" wheels that would be tall enough to help with your issue and still fit without rubbing/
Monday, November 10, 2014 by Rob

I was told that I should change my 17" rims for 15" rims when buying winter tires for my 2013 VWGolf. Will the smaller wheel/tire help or hurt my fuel economy?
Friday, November 14, 2014 by Doc

Rob,
The tire size used for the 15" wheel (195/65R15) would have a smaller contact patch that might help your fuel economy slightly, but it would be tough to measure given other variables like tread depth and your driving habits.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 by Eugene Wilson

need to know if I can use 195/55r/15/85h winter tires on my Acura 2002 RSX the size it calls for is 195/65r/15/89h
Friday, August 14, 2015 by Andy-roo

Hi!
I have really good snow tires I got on tirerack.com for my 2009 forester and I want to know if they'll work on my 2015 crosstrek. The snow tires are 215/65R16 = 27x8.5R16 and the crosstrek has 25/55R17 = 26.7x8.9R17 on it now. I know I'll need to buy steel rims to mount the snow tires on, but that's fine. I just want to know if they'll fit without causing any problems... I'd hate to lose them after only 2 winters of driving.

Thanks for the help!
Saturday, August 15, 2015 by Doc

Eugene,
The 195/55R15 is too small in diameter and load capacity to be used safely
Saturday, August 15, 2015 by Doc

Andy,
The 215/65R16 is a safe size to use, and we have (new) steel wheels to fit the CrossTrek in stock. Give me a call !

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