One Size Bigger

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by Ethan Burns
Occasionally I get requests for tires that are “one size bigger.” To some drivers, bigger means wider, to others (usually 4WD truck owners) it means taller in overall diameter. Some cars and trucks can fit a larger tire in the wheel well than the Original Equipment…some cars cannot.

When a manufacturer like Mazda builds a base model coupe it is typically equipped with a smaller base model tire. But when they introduce a special edition sports model the manufacturer will likely install a larger tire with a higher speed rating. In this instance, it is less likely that a larger tire will fit on the sports model as it is already upgraded from the factory.

Year in, year out we are constantly measuring new car models to see just what will fit. We can help you find the perfect tires for your car.

Drivers of 4x4 trucks are always on the lookout for taller tires to "fill up the wheel well." Again, we can help you with what will fit without rubbing the fender at full lock turn.

We can help with your tire research. Visit our website or give us a call.

Comments on One Size Bigger

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 by pat:
can i replace 205/65/15 with 215/70/15on my hyundai sonata
Saturday, July 13, 2013 by danny lyles:
1997 mustang with 245/45/17-I want a taller tire. what will fit. newer mustangs have a lot taller side wall.
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Ethan:
The 97 Mustang has a wheelwell that will comfortable fit a 26" tall tire like the 245/45R17. In 2005 Ford changed the body style of the mustang and these newer cars have a larger wheelwell that will accomodate a 27" tall tire. The largest tire you can use is a 255/45R17 on your 1997 model.

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