It's pretty common to see performance enthusiasts upgrade to larger diameter auto tires and wheels (rims & tires). If you're not familiar with the plus sizing concept, or just need a refresher, read "Plus Sizing 101." What about the other side of the coin? Why would someone want to minus size their tires wheels package and go to a smaller wheel diameter?

Listed below are a few options why going smaller makes sense:

Listed below are a few options why going smaller makes sense:

- Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package: Smaller diameter wheels typically allow for a narrower tire, which results in better winter traction.

- Rough road areas:

- Off-road use: Many off-road enthusiasts would like to maximize their wheel protection. And many accomplish this by minus sizing their wheels and using a taller set of offroad tires.

- Economy: Often times, smaller diameter wheels and taller tires are less expensive than larger diameter wheels and low profile tires.

Yes, you can minus size to 16" on the 2000 Expedition. To keep the speedometer reading the same, use size 265/75R16.

Is this the limiting factor on how small I could go? Does this limit me to the 17" wheels with 215/55/R17?

Unfortunately the large brakes on the 2011 Sienna do not allow for clearance of any of the 16" wheels that we sell which means 17" will be the smallest diameter I can recommend to fit.

Two other sizes can be used in your situation and I think you'll find that there are more options and better prices in both of them. They are size 215/60R16 and size 225/55R16

225/65R17 would be the correct match for speedometer accuracy.

on the front and back? Should I go with the 7 or 8 inch wheels? Do you like any particular brand for my setup? (city driving on paved roads)

The recommended rim width range on 225/65R17 is 6"-8" so either 7 inch or 8 inch wheels will work well. It is most common to run the same size front and rear when minus sizing on this car. In this size, I like the Yokohama Avid Envigor in particular.

Thanks

Toup

Thanks,

Bob

Yes, you are correct. We would indeed suggest minus sizing to a 225/60R16 for winter use on the 2011 Impala LT.

We purchased a Kia Rio5 sx 2013. It comes with 17" wheels and it has larger brake discs. Can I downsize to15" without affecting the car setup? Thanks for your advice!

Yes, you can change from 20" wheels to 17" wheels on the 2012 Volvo XC90 for winter use. I would suggest using tire size 235/65R17 for winter use.

Unfortunately we do not yet have any fitment data on the 2013 Rio5 SX. I would suggest checking back with us in a couple of months.

Yes, you can indeed ownsize to winter tire with size 215/70R16 with no problem on the 2008-2012 Nissan Rogue.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. I have a 2009 Accord with 235 45 18 tires on it, and I found a great deal on 195 60 15. I would only need them for a few months. The difference in diameter is only an inch, but can these be mounted on my car without problems?

Unfortunately we haven't found any 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2009 Honda Accord, sorry.

To keep the correct overall diameter, I would suggest tire size 195/65R15.

Minus sizing to 16" wheels on the 2008 Nissan Rogue would be no problem

It might work, but in order to answer this for sure, I will need to know the year, make and model of your car.

I can check on this for you. What model of Nissan are you referring to?

While the 235/45R17 is a bit shorter in overall diameter, it will safely work on the 06 MBZ E350 4matic

15" wheels do not clear the brakes on the vehicle in your example, however you can view 16" options that fit by clicking on the winter section link the blog. Simply enter the year and model of the vehicle there and select "16 inch packages". This will allow you to minus size on the site.

I can check on this for you What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?

Yes, you can minus size to 17" or 18" on the 2010 Venza V6 AWD with no problem.

Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2008 Subaru Forester 2.5x.

Yes, you can minus size to a 16" wheel on this car, but use tire size 215/60R16 to avoid rubbing and maintain the correct overall diameter.

Thanks

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2011 Dogde Grand Caravan.

You can minus size to 16", but you will want to use tire size 215/70R16 to keep the correct overall diameter.

Yes, 225/65R17 can be used on the 2007 Volvo XC90.

On the 2013 CX-5 you can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 225/70R16.

Unfortunately we have not found any 16" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We know of no 17" steel wheels that fit it, but 17" aluminum alloy wheels are available for it.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 175/65R15 on the 2012 Toyota Yaris SE.

Yes, either 175/70R14 or 185/65R14 are possible sizes that you can minus size to on the 2011 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback.

You can minus size to 17" with tire size 235/65R17 on the 2009 Audi Q5.

I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra SER Spec-V. It is lowered with Eibach pro kit springs (Front Lowering 1.2 in; Rear Lowering 1.0 in). My stock tire size is 215/45/17.

I want some snow tires and I'm wondering what is the best size in 15"?

Is 195/65/15 the right size?

Thanks

Thx

Steve

185/65R15 or 195/60R15 would be the sizes that we recommend when minus sizing to 15" on the 2005 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V.

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2009 MDX. When minus sizing to 17" on the 2009 MDX, we would recommend size 235/65R17.

This should be no problem. I would suggest she uses 36psi when running this slightly smaller size.

Thanks, Roger

I can check on this for you. What is the year, make and model of the vehicle?

You can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2013 Honda Accord. The suggested tire sizing to keep the correct overall diameter would be 205/65R16 or 215/60R16.

Would it make sense for me to switch from the 225/55/17 stock Goodyear Eagle LS2 tires on my 07 Monte Carlo LT to 225/50/17 Michelin Primacy tires? I need tires badly and I have found some used Primacy MX4s in great shape, but I have concerns about the size difference.

Thank you for this informative article!

We would not recommend going to a tire that is shorter in overall diameter on the 07 Monte Carlo LT. If you are keeping your stock 17" wheels, we recommend that you stick with 225/55R17.

I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with a Volvo vehicle called an S50. I have no data on this car.

It sounds like they mis-read the size. If they are 16" wheels, the 2000 Expedition uses size 255/70R16.

The size you asked about changing to is the same size that is on the vehicle now...215/60R16. If you meant to ask about 15", they will not fit over the brakes on the 2009 Camry, sorry.

I have a 2012 civic DX with 195/65r15. I would like to know if some 215/60r15 will fit on my civic? I'm guessing that it will fit and maybe the speed would have minime change but I just want to be sure.

We actually haven't tried that 215/60R15 size on this body style of Honda Civic. It looks likely to work, but we do not know for sure, sorry.

The size 225/60R16 is shorter in height and load capacity so we would not recommend using that size. You could use 225/65R16 or 215/70R16 if you would like to minus size to 16" on the 2011 Subaru Outback.

215/70R16 is a full inch shorter in height than 235/70R16 and has less load capacity so it is not a size we would recommend using on the 2012 Ford Escape 4WD limited.

Yes, 215/60R16 will indeed work with no problem on a 99 Chevy Monte Carlo.

When minis sizing to 16" on the 2007 Camry, you'll want to use tire size 215/60R16 to keep the correct overall diameter.

I have a 2000 Maxima GLE with 215/55/16, I was wondering if it would be safe to install 205/70/15 for my winters.

Thanks

As long as all four tires are the same size, the all-wheel drive system on the MDX would not be harmed.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2005 Subaru Outback. It appears that you'll need to stick with 16" on this vehicle.

Yes, 215/70R16 is indeed a good minus size fitment for the 2011 Nissan Rogue SV AWD.

15" wheels can fit the 2000 Nissan Maxima GLE, but 205/70R15 may rub. Stick with 205/65R15 instead.

There is a chance that it will clear but we do not know for sure since we do not carry that brand of wheel.

Yes, 215/70R16 is indeed a good minus size fitment for the Nissan Rogue.

will this fit to my nissan rogue 2008

now we r using 215-17-16

I'm sorry, we know of no 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on a 2009 Toyota Sienna LE.

225/70R16 is a bit taller than we've tired on the 2008 Nissan Rogue so we do not know if that size will fit. 215/70R16 is a more typical size to use.

If you move to 15" wheels, tire size 215/65R15 will fit but is a bit short. 215/70R15 would be a better choice.

I'm showing the original tires on the 2008 Sedona EX to be 235/60R17. Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels using tire size 225/70R16.

Yes, on the 2008 CX-7 you can minus size to either 235/65R17 or even 235/70R16 with no problem. Just click on the link for winter/snow tire packages for more details and pricing.

Yes, that's exactly right. When minus sizing to 16" on the 2012 Honda Accord EX-L V6, tire size 215/60R16 will work well.

Yes, 225/55R17 tires will indeed fit the 2012 VW Passat TDI.

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Honda Odyssey, sorry.

For the 2012 CTS AWD 3.0L we have not found an alternate smaller winter tire size that fits.

Not sure if you would know or not - just can't seem to find anyone that would know

Thank you for the feedback on downsizing my Kia tires. Also, what flexibility in sizing/aspect ratio would I have for replacements to my P235-60R17 tires If I stay in the 17" size ?

Yes, you can minus size to 18" wheels on the 2012 Toyota Sienna SE and use 235/55R18. I'm not aware of any steel wheels in those sizes, but we do have relatively inexpensive alloy wheels that fit.

225/65R17 would be the other size that we can recommend to fit the 2008 Sedona EX.

We have not tried to plus size to a 225/70R16 on the Nissan Rogue, so I am unsure if this fits.

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Nissan Maxima Sport.

On the factory wheel, the smallest I know of that fits is 225/45R19. See the our web site for current pricing.

255/55R16 is not a current tire size.

I'd buy new wheels for the snow tires for the Maxima. What's the smallest size I can go down to? That tire I referenced are for a tire/wheel pkg u already own, I just wanted to know if they would fit the wife's CR-V.

The smallest wheel size that will fit the 2011 Maxima is 17". I'm sorry, we have not tried 255/55R16 on the CR-V, sorry.

We have not tried 215/55R16 tires on the 2012 VW Jetta so I am not sure if they would fit. The size is not much larger than the original so it is likely that it will work, but I cannot say for sure.

I'm currently using 235/65R17's on my Sedona. Is it a mistake to consider putting 235/45R17 tires on my vehicle? I already have low rear end issues on my van and I suspect this might aggravate the condition. Is my concern valid ?

225/60R16 will fit on the wheel but is a full inch shorter in height and has less load capacity than the original tire so it is not recommended.

What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?

175/70R14 is a full inch shorter in height compared to 185/65R15, so it is not a recommended size.

Yes, 235/45R17 is much too small for a Sedona minivan by about four inches.

On the 2013 Jetta GLI you can minus size to 17" using 225/45R17 or 16" using 205/55R16 with no problem. Click on the Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages link in my blog for details.

205/55R16 would be the size to use on the 2008 Mazda3 with 16" wheels.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 215/70R16 on the 2011 Toyota Rav4.

Yes, 215/55R17 would be fine to use a as a winter tire size on the 2009 Honda Accord EX-L4.

If this is a base model 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0I, then 15" wheels are an option.

We have not found any 14" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Honda Civic LX, sorry.

Both of those sizes are too large for a 2008 Civic. For 17", 215/45R17 or 225/45R17 would be recommended.

Yes, 215/70R16 does fit the 2012 Rav4 Limited and would make a good winter tire size with 16" wheels.

Yes, you can use 215/70R15 on 15" wheels on the 2002 Windstar with no problem.

We know of no 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2011 Kia Sedona.

The 225/60R17 tire size is a full inch shorter in height and has less load capacity compared to 225/65R17 so we cannot recommend using that size on the 2010 GMC Terrain.

The smaller tire will fit the truck, but is about an inch and a half shorter in height so expect a larger wheel well gap and some speedometer inaccuracies.

I agree with the Kia dealership that 195/65R15 would fit.

It is not recommended to stagger tires on the Nissam Maxima, nor should you mix different diameter tires on this car due to ABS and traction control problems.

I just bought 2008 BMW X3 3.0i that has stock tires at 235/55/r17 and wanted to know if I can use my old winter tires that are 215/60/r17. Thanks!

I have a Hyundai Tuscan with 235/60/16. What size of 15" tire can I go to that would have roughly the same radius??

Thanks for all of your help! I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata that has 205/65R16 tires on it currently, and I have a set of firestone winterforce 215/60R16 tires that I would love to mount for the winter. Would this be reasonable and safe to do? Thanks!

Nick

I'm sorry, we do not have experience with downsizing to 195/80R15 on any year Ford Ranger.

You can minus size to 15" on the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, but this requires using 15" tires with 15" wheels.

The 215/60R17 tire size is not approved to fit on the wider 17X8 wheels that are original on your 2008 X3 3.0i, sorry.

I can check on this for you. What year and trim level is your Tucson?

We know of no 14" wheels that will fit over the brakes on the 2008 Honda Civic LX sedan.

I'm not aware of any 17" steel wheels in a Subaru bolt pattern.

I have a 2010 MB R350 blutec 4matic and it comes with 255/50 R19. I want to downsize and I was wondering if I can put 235/60 R17 all around. I know you mentioned that 235/65 R17 is recommended but I was wondering if 235/60 R17 can be fine as well? thanks for your help.

16" tires do not fit on 17" wheels. There are 16" wheels available to fit the 2003 Mustang GT.

235/60R17 is shorter in height and has less load capacity, so it is not a recommended size for the 2010 Mercedez R350.

15" wheels will fit the 2012 Ford Focus SEL 5 door hatch, but the correct tire size would be 195/65R15.

Can I use a 215/60/R16 snow tire on my 2005 Dodge Caravan that takes a 215/65/R16?

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. To answer your question about changing tires on your existing wheels, we do not recommend using tires that are shorter in overall diameter which is what would occur if you were to use the size you mentioned on the Dodge Caravan.

My Tuscon is a 2008 V6 4WD

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I'm sorry, we have not tried taller tires on the original wheels so we are not sure if they would fit.

When minus sizing to 15" on your 2008 4WD Tucson, the recommended tire sizing is 225/70R15 or 215/70R15.

What other tire can I mount to this rim? Would a 215 75 R15 fit?

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I am not sure about fitment data on your existing factory wheels, sorry.

Can I use winter tires 225/60R17 on my 2012 Toyota Sienna instead of the 235/60R17?

Thanks a lot!

I have a 2010 Highlander with 245/65/17 tires, would 16 inch rims fit and if so can I use my Odyssey winter tires at 225/60/16?

Thank You

My wife's 08 Kia Optima LX has 215/50-17 and I want to go to 16 but not throw off the speedometer and everything else. Can you recommend what I should be looking for?

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried the smaller tire size that you're asking about on your factory original wheels so we are not sure if they will fit.

Yes, you can minus size to 16" wheels on the 2009 Ford Escape with tire size 235/70R16.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not have data on cross fitments between different manufacturers original equipment wheels.

We have not found any 16" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2010 Toyota Highlander, sorry.

For the 08 Kia Optima LX you can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 205/60R16 to maintain the correct diameter with no problem.

If you minus size to 16" on a Legacy that originally came with 205/50R17, the correct size would be 205/55R16. The others you mentioned are too tall and may not fit.

I'm sorry, we have no fitment data on the 2014 Mazda 6 vehicles. Your best bet would be to check with your dealer on this one.

Will 225/70 R16 tires be acceptable on a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan? It currently calls for 225/65 R16

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I'm not sure if the taller 225/70R16 will fit on a 2011 Caravan originally equipped with 225/65R16.

When minus sizing to a 15" on a 2007 Dodge Caliber equipped with 215/60R17, the correct sizing would be 205/70R15.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I cannot recommend using shorter tires on your original 2009 Camry wheels, sorry.

I have Dodge Caliber RT- 2009 size tire is 215-R55-18 .Can I downsize the tire on the rim what I have original ,what be the next size

I forgot is about downside the all seazon P215-R55-18 to a winter packed what be the next size down on my original rim

The original size on the 2008 Impreza WRX is 205/50R17. You can minus size to 205/55R16 with no problem or change in speedometer accuracy.

What year and model is your VW Golf?

Yes, you can minus size to 215/55R16 on the 2007 Audi A4 with no problem.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I cannot recommend using the smaller 205/60R15 tire size on your original wheels.

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2004 Buick Rendezvous, sorry.

I do not know of any smaller tire that will fit the original 18" wheels, sorry. You can purchase smaller diameter wheels and use different tire sizes.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I cannot recommend using the smaller 225/60R17 tire size on your original wheels.

Was wondering if I can put 225/60/16 tires (already on rims) on a 2008 Acura TL (base model).

Thank You

While you can minus size to 16" on the 2008 Acura TL, the correct sizes would be 205/60R16 or 215/55R16.

I have a Kia SX with 17 '' tires and larger disk brakes than on the EX or LX. Can I use 15'' rims with snow tires? I read I can but at Kia they said that they don't have any experience with the change but they doubt it will fit because of the larger brake size...

As an alternative can I use 16'' rims? Thanks a lot! JJ

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. To answer your question about changing tire size on your existing wheels, yes we have fit 215/65R16 on the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix with no problem.

What exact year and model of Kia are you referring to? SX refers to a trim level rather than a specific model of vehicle.

215/60/16 snow tires. An acquaintance has indicated that only solution is 17 in alloys due to large brake calipers on this car.

Yes, you can minus size to 16" wheels on the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE and use size 215/60R16. You can view which 16" wheels we carry that fit in the winter section of our site here : www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. The only sizes we can suggest for the 1999 Malibu ain 16" are 205/55R16 on all four wheels or 225/50R16 on all four wheels.

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 1996 Ford Mustang GT, sorry. You can minus size to 16" with 225/55R16.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Honda Pilot.

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I have a 2001 3ltr chrysler Grand Voyager currently running 215/65 R16 98H. following an ice incident resulting in a very bent front alloy wheel I need to replace.

I have been offered a set of four 205/65 R15 96H

Can I down size to the 15" wheel without it causing to much of an issue or will the rolling rasius be to small ??

thanks

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I am not sure if larger tires will fit the original wheels on a Vectra.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. There are 17" wheels that will fit the 2009 Toyota Camry LE. You can view them here : http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8

We do carry 16" wheels that will fit your 2002 Lexus LS430, but I do not know what original Lexus wheels will fit your car.

When minus sizing to 15", we recommend a minimum of 215/70R15 on your vehicle due to load capacity and diameter.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

If you're plus sizing to larger wheel on the 2010 Camry, you can use 225/45R18 without problems.

We have not yet found any 15" wheels that will clear the brakes on the 2013 Chevy Malibu.

What year is the Audi S4?

What is the year and model of your Q5?

It is possible to minus size to 18" or even 17" on the Audi Q5 2010 3.2 Premium with S-Line Package. Follow this link to the winter section of our site to view available tire/wheel options :

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8

This section of the site will let you view minus size options.

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2002 S4, we suggest using 225/45R17.

Yes, 225/45R17 would leave a larger gap than 215/45R18 or 245/45R18.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" on the 2004 Ford F-150 with no problem.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

I have a 1996 2nd gen Lexus ls400, at the moment it is on 225/60r16 102w and I have purchased 4 x new alloys and tyres at the same size as originals but when fitted to the Lexus the alloy catches on the brake caliper have only tried the front passenger side.

Please could you tell me if there is any indication on the wheels that I should look for so these fit ok.

Kind regards

Darren

225/45R18 (STANDARD TIRE)

205/55R16 (STANDARD TIRE)

195/65R15

but i have a friend who has 4 brand new,Bridgestone 225/50R17 BLIZZAK, will these work on my kia

Thanks Terry

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not know for sure if the taller 215/65R17 size will fit your car, but it does not seem likely.

The smallest wheel diameter size that we've found to fit the 2008 Chevy Malibu is 16".

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8

For that particular setup, we can suggest 245/55R18 front and 285/45R18 rear to keep the diameters close to your factory 245/45R20 size.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

I'm sorry, I do not have cross compatibility information on factory wheels.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels using size 215/65R16 on the 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8

Size 225/50R17 is taller than we can recommend to fit the 2011 Kia Soul.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend changing the diameter of the tires themselves.

Thanks!

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I do not know for sure if the taller and wider 265/65R17 size will work properly on your 2010 Ford Explorer.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend changing the diameter of the tires themselves.

The smallest 16" sizing we can recommend for the 2010 Ford Escape is size 225/75R16.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Toyota Camry.

Thanks and have a nice day

I can check on this for you. What is the year and model of the car?

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the Nissan Rogue. We have fit 16" wheels on it with 215/70R16 with no problem.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8

Thanks

215/70R16 would be the correct size to use when minus sizing to 16" on the Nissan Rogue.

When minus sizing to 16" on the 2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6, the sizes we can recommend are 205/65R16 and 215/60R16.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I doubt that the larger 265/70R16 will fit a Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Yes, you can indeed use the factory 215/55R17 tires with the Elbrus I06 wheels that we list to fit your 2012 VW Passat. Your year and model of vehicle uses a monitoring system that does not use TPMS sensors, so installation will be as simple as swapping the tires over to the new wheels.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" wheels on the 2006 F150 FX4. We would suggest size 265/70R17 to help keep a close overall diameter. To find 17" options, select 17" packages under the build your own package heading in the winter section of our site :

Wheel Tire Package by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not have cross compatibility charts for manufacturers original wheels.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend using shorter tires on your factory wheels.

I recent purchased a used 05 F250 Super Duty Turbo Diesel. It originally had 17in wheels and LT265/70RX17E OWL All Terrain tires. It now has Extra Load 275/60R20 on 20in MT Racing wheels. He never used the truck for towing... Which is the reason I purchased it. The tires are not 10ply which I need to pull heavy trailers/horses and they will need to be replaced soon. To replace with the current wheels the cost will be substantially higher than a smaller diameter tire. So my questions are... Should I downsize the wheels to a 17 or 18 (originally had stock 17s)? If I downsize will I have calibration issues, sensor issues, etc.? If I downsize will it affect the truck height much, even if I get taller/thicker tires? What wheel and tire size/type would you suggest for such a heavy truck and towing strength?

When the 2001 LeSabre is equipped with larger brakes that interfere with the fitment of 15" wheels. I know of no way around this.

The total height of your 275/60R20 tires is 33". If you minus size to 265/70R17, the total height is 31.6". While this is not a very large difference for your 2005 F250, you could use size 285/70R17 to keep the same 33" overall diameter.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8

Thanks.

I have a 2000 Honda Civic Si (stock tire size 195/55R15). I wanted to know if a 215/70R15 will clear the vehicle. I know this is not a common size to put on this vehicle.

Thanks,

Chris

I have a Kia Rio5 SX 2013 and currently have the stock 17 inch wheels and tires. I am wondering if I can downsize to 15inch (or if needed 16inch) wheels and tires for the winter. My SX has 11inch disc brakes in the front and 10.3inch discs in the back. If this is possible, are there basic steel wheels that would fit and what tire size would I need? Any models you recommend would be very helpful.

Thanks!

Pierre

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend using shorter tires on your factory wheels.

i just bought a toyota rav4 2013 limited with the 18' tires, can i downgrade it to 17'? and what will you suggest? thanks!

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?

Unfortunately we do not yet have any fitment data on the all new 2013 Toyota RAV4. I would suggest checking back in Spring.

We do not yet have any fitment data on the 2013 Kia Rio5, sorry. You may want to check back in Spring.

I just bought a nice 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser with the optional 275/60R18 tires. The available tires made in that size seems to be very limited. What other all-season tire sizes can be used with an 8" wide rim? Thanks for the help!

On your factory wheels, we have also used size 285/60R18.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

thanks for your help! :)

We are not familiar with a Kia Magentis as we do not see these vehicles in the United States.

When minus sizing on the 2012 Dodge Journey, use tires size 225/70R16 to maintain the correct overall diameter.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

Yes, when minus sizing to 17" on your 2012 Ford Explorer Limited, use tire size 245/65R17.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried the larger 215/70R15 on the Forester, so I am not sure if that size would fit.

(diameter being 2.4% smaller)

I have a 1990 Firebird running on 215/65R15, What is the best performance and price affective set-up I can run?

Thanks.

225/40R18 and 235/45R17 are close enough to each other in overall diameter that there would very little change in speedometer/odometer accuracy.

The largest size 16" that we have fit on the 2000 Toyota Camry is size 205/60R16. I am not sure if the wider 225/55R16 will fit.

While the 205/60R16 tires are a bit shorter in diameter, they meet the load requirements of the 2013 Ford Fusion with no problem.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. You can view a complete list of the correctly fitting wheel and tire setups for your car here :

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While it will make very little difference in fuel economy, you can indeed minus size to 14" wheels on the 2007 Hyundai Accent Hatchback 2dr with size 175/70R14 or 185/65R14.

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I own an Audi 2010 Q7 3.6 premium with OEM tires 265/50R19 what other alternative sizes i can use . The OEM are very expensive and wear out rather quickly.

many thanks

Yes, you can also use the more common tire size of 255/50R19 on the 2010 Q7 3.6 with no problem.

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I can check on this for you. Which model of Jetta do you have (S, SE, TDI)?

215/50R17 is shorter in diameter and load capacity than 225/55R17 so we cannot recommend it for the 2010 G37X.

Yes, we do carry 16" wheels that will fit the 2002 Mercedes E430.

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What is the year and model of the Dodge Caravan?

I am buying tires for my 2009 RAV Limited V6 with 225/65-17 tires. I am going to be doing lots of off road travel in deep snow, ice and graveled roads in WV for the extended future. I am interested in an A/T tire but I can't really find one in my size I like besides the Yokohoma Geolander A/T-S.

Can I go up or down a size? What are your recommendations? I've also considered running the Pirelli Scorpion Verde and switching to a snow tire in my size. Thoughts?

Thanks for your time!

Unfortunately we haven't tried taller tires on the Rav4, and the wider 245/60R17 size that we know to work is an odd size that offers no all-terrain tires.

The other all-terrain tire that is made in 225/65R17 is the Pirelli Scorpion ATR which is rated slightly higher in our customer survey data compared to the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S.

Winter tires will of course offer the very best in snow and ice traction, so that would be the ideal route to go if you are able to run a different set of tires for spring/summer/fall.

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The smallest wheel diameter that we have found to fit over the brakes on your 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT is 16". Use tire size 205/55R16 or 215/55R16 when minus sizing to 16" on your car.

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I have a suburban with 265 70/17s on it and have a chance to get a "hardly" used set of 265 65/17

I'm guessing that I can put them on without much problem except a slight "over-read" on the speedometer. Is this correct?

You can indeed minus size to 17" on the 2011 Nissan Maxima SV with tire size 215/55R17. This size will offer a softer ride than most 18" setups. As a result of a taller sidewall, steering response will be slower.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not typically recommend using shorter tires with the same diameter wheels.

Yes, you can indeed minus size from your factory 215/45R17 tires and wheels to a 16" wheel with 205/55R16 to give the vehicle a softer ride.

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thank you for your quick response. It supports my theory that it can be done as long as the final dimension remains the same. Mary Ann

I have a 2008 BMW 328 Xi Sedan. Current stock rims/tires are 205/55/R16.

I am planning on going to 18" rims.

I would like to know what tires configuration is best for comfort/smooth/soft ride/odometer

245/45/R18?

The front rims may be 18x8 and 18x9

Can the same size tires be used all around? If not; but is best config for front and rear. I dont race or anything. Just drive to and from work. It will be all season tires.

Thank you so much!!!

The correct sizing to use would be 225/40R18 or 235/40R18 all around or 225/40R18 front and 255/35R18 rear.

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The size 215/70R16 is taller than we have used on a 2003 Ford Mustang so I do not know if it would fit.

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I have a 2013 MB GLK 350 and already have a set of 235/55R17 michelin winter tires. I know the recommended size for winter tires on the MB is 235/60R17, but would I be able to run the smaller aspect tires on the vehicle? Overall height would go from 713.7 to 690.1. Thanks.

The 235/55R17 size carries enough load capacity to be safely used on the vehicle. Just keep in mind that the shorter height will show more fender well gap and cause some speedometer/odometer inaccuracy.

The smallest diameter wheels that we have found to clear the brakes on the RSX Type S is 16". Use tire size 225/50R16 to maintain the correct overall diameter so that you will not have speedometer errors or ride quality problems.

The size 215/65R16 is taller than we have tried on a 1995 Ford Mustang so I do not know if it would fit.

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I know of no reason why using the above setup would cause brake failure. Just make sure that the smaller tires have a high enough load rating to handle the Gross Axle Weight Rating shown on your tire placard sticker in your door jam.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2003 Honda Accord ex-v6, sorry.

Either size fits with no problem on the 2003 Focus with no problem and would have the same odometer and speedometer readings.

205/50R17 is much too short for the 2010 Chrysler 300 and would be unsafe to use.

215/60R16 is much shorter in height and would not have adequate load capacity to safely use on the 2008 Ford Escape.

Size 175/65R14 tires still do have enough load capacity for the 2002 Nissan Sentra to be safely used.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in height on your factory wheels.

Unfortunately we have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2012 Acura TL.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in height on your factory wheels.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2013 Honda Accord EL V6.

Follow the link in my blog to view available options.

Thanks

I have Hyundai Santa Fe 2008 and the rims fit with tires 235/65/17. Is it safe to drive if change it to 225/65/17 ?

Thank

James

I cannot speak for fuel economy, but you can indeed minus size to smaller diameter wheels on the 2011 Dodge Nitro 4.0. The highest load tires will be found with size 225/75R16.

Will the Pirelli P215/70R15's fit on the Honda Accord?

V/r,

-Jeff

V/r,

-Jeff

What year and model of vehicle?

What year and model of vehicle are you referring to?

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in height on your factory wheels.

Yes, you can use the smaller P215/55R17 winter tires without affecting the speedometer.

Going to 17" would improve ride quality, but 16" will be an even more noticeable improvement. Winter tires are to be used in temperatures below 50 degrees only. Top all season tires for ride would include the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4.

P215/70R15 is too tall for the Accord, sorry. Also, 15" wheels do not clear the brakes on this car.

Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2007 Kia Sedona.

We sell several wheels in 18" that fit over the brakes on the 2013 F150 so there is a chance that your other wheels will fit. When using 18" on this truck we recommend tire size 255/70-18 or 275/65-18.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried taller tires on the factory wheels on your 1996 Civic so I am not sure if they would fit.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on a 2001 F150 4X4.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. Two of the best riding tires in 215/45R17 would be the Continental Pro Contact and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max.

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16" is the smallest diameter wheel that we have found to fit over the brakes on the 2011 Toyota Camry.

The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on your factory wheels.

I have a 1998 honda accord lx and I am wondering if i can use 185/65R/14 instead 195/65R15.The 195/65R15 is the normal requirement but I have two 185/65R/14 tires that I want to use on the same rim.Is this going to be an issue for my car? Thank you in advance for the help.

185/65R14 tires require 14" wheels to mount to. We have not found any 14" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 1998 Honda Accord.

I have a 2012 Toyota Rav4. Wondering if I can put 225/45R17 snow tires on? I believe the factory originals are 225/60r17. Thank you for your help!

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on your factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity. Using a tire as small as 225/45R17 on a 2012 Rav4 could lead to a catastrophic tire failure.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 205/75R15 is much larger than I can recommend to fit a 2004 Honda Civic.

Yes, you will need new 17" wheels in order to use tire size 225/65R17 on your 2009 Dodge Journey.

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225/70R16 is much taller than we have tried to fit on a 2000 Subaru Outback so I do not know if it will fit. My gut feelings is that it would rub.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2007 Toyota Sienna. If the wheels do fit, then 205/70R15 would be a good size to use to keep the correct overall diameter for speedometer accuracy.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried any other sizes on the 1994 Ford Lightning so I cannot say if the 265/65R17 will fit.

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2013 Honda Odyssey.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

Yes, you can use 245/45R17 tires on the Pontiac G6.

thanks

Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on 2003 Explorer models. The exception is the Explorer Sport

While we have used 16" wheels on 2013 Toyota Camry, we do not know if the factory wheels from your 2002 model will fit.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2009 Grand Vitara, the largest size that we have tried is 235/65R17.

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You can indeed still minus size on the 2007 Scion Tc Spec with 18" Alloy wheels. Although the vehicle does have moderately large brakes, we have a variety of wheels that with with no problem. My suggestion would be 16" with 205/55R16 or 225/50R16 tires.

On the 2012 VW Passat 3.6 SE, the lowest size that you can downsize to is 16" with tire size 215/60R16.

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Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 18" wheels, but the size to use is 235/55R18.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried installing tires as large as 215/65R16 on the 2008 Toyota Camry.

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We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T.

We have indeed minus sized to 17" on the Mercedes GLK350.

The Assurance Comfortred Touring would be a slightly softer ride compared to the Kumho Solus KL21. You can make a more dramatic difference in ride quality by minus sizing to a 17" setup with 225/65R17 tires.

Yes, we do carry 16" wheels that fit over the brakes and work well with tire size 225/70R16 on the 2010 Honda CR-V LX. You would of course need different wheels but you can use the same air pressure.

215/65R16 is shorter in height and load capacity compared to 215/70R16 and is not recommended on the 2004 Rav4.

215/65R16 is shorter in height and load capacity compared to 215/70R16 and is not recommended on the 2004 Rav4.

Unfortunately we have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes to fit a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew.

While 15" wheels do not fit, you can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 215/60R16 on the 2008 Pontiac G6 Sedan with no problem.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.

These 205/55R16 setup is too short in height and load capacity for us to recommend it's use on the 2011 Subaru Outback.

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the Ford Ranger Edge 4x4.

Yes, if this is a 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan you can indeed minus size to 14" wheels with tire size 175/70R14.

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We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Grand Caravan SXT.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" with tire size 265/70R17 on the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4x4.

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When minus sizing to 15" wheels on the 2013 Subaru Impreza we would recommend tire size 195/65R15. Typical wheel sizes to use are 15X6.5 and 15X7.

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Yes, you can indeed minus size to 15" wheels on the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium with size 195/65R15.

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215/70R16 is too tall for the 2001 Chevy Impala and is not likely to fit.

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We recommend tire size 215/60R16 when minus sizing to 16" on the Dodge Caliber.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. The Equinox tires are much too tall to fit the Malibu.

Thanks

Thanks

Just a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE (P235/50R19). Thinking of winter tires now in Canada. I have a set of P215/70R16 with toyota Alloy wheel, can I use it for my Sienna? Any pros and cons, or comments/suggestions?

We have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2013 Toyota Sienna SE.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 225/60R16 is much too large to fit a 2004 Kia Optima.

I have a kia cerato koup 2011 sx 2.0 with standard tires 215/45 r17 due to rough road I am always changing my tires which is costy could you please suggest a good size without changing the rims keep them r17 thank you in advance appreciated

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having too little load capacity.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. There is no such year and model of car here in the USA so I do not know if a different size will fit your 2011 kia cerato koup, sorry.

The two 15" sizes that we know will fit a 2011 Honda Civic coupe are 195/65R15 and 205/60R15.

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Yes, 16" wheels do indeed clear the brakes on the 2014 Mazda6.

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If this is a Dodge Ram 1500, yes you can indeed minus size to 17"

Yes,you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels on the 2013 Chrysler 200 with tire size 215/65R16 or 225/60R16.

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We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2006 Infiniti M45.

Thanks so much!!

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried tires that tall on the Focus so we do not know if they would fit

Can I use my winter tire ( from a Mazda6 ) 205/60/R16 to a 2013 Honda Accord Ex-L V6 with a summer tire size 215/55/R17

Thanks,

Fred

2013 Chevy Spark LS stock 15" rims. Can I downsize to 14" or 13" rims? Thanks.

205/60R16 is shorter in overall diameter than we recommend for the 2013 Accord Ex-L V6. We recommend 215/60R16 when minus sizing to 16" on your car.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 14" wheels on the 2013 Chevy Spark.

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thanks,

This would depend almost entirely on the vehicle in question.

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This would depend almost entire only the year and model of the vehicle in question.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried taller tires on the 2008 ES350 so we are not sure if they would fit, but my best guess would be that they would not work.

The minus size on a 2013 Cruze LS would be 15" wheels with size 205/70R15.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2008 Nissan Rogue with tire size 215/70R16.

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Yes, you can indeed minus size to 205/55R16 on the 2006 A4.

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I have a good set of winter tires for a Honda Civic 2010 15" rims on Yokohama tires. Just leased a 2013 Civic Touring with 17" tires/rims. Can I still use the 15" winter tires on the 2013? Please let me know asap.

Thanks for your help.

A wide variety of offsets can be used on the 2014 Mazda 6, but most are in the 35mm-45mm range.

The answer to your question will require that I know the year, make and model of the vehicle in question.

We have a variety of aftermarket wheels that fit the 2013 Civic in 15". I am not aware if Honda original wheels from a 2010 Civic would fit.

I have a set of winter tires that are 195/70/R14 but no rims for them at this time. My 2009 Honda Civic EX-L has 205/55/R16 on right now. Is it safe to use these winter tires and would a size 14 inch rim with 5 bolt pattern fit my vehicle if I bought a set? Thanks in advance.

We have not found any 14" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2009 Honda Civic EX-L, sorry.

As long as you use a correct tire size to maintain the overall diameter such as 245/60R18, this setup would be no problem on the 2014 Ford Explorer Sport.

Looking at your URL however the only winter tires that show up for 16" wheels are 215/55R16.

Could you please clarify if 205 is indeed acceptable ?

Thank you.

S. Das

To answer your question, these two cars have different bolt patterns which makes the wheels incompatible between them.

215/55R16 is closer is diameter and is the recommended size to use. However, you can indeed use 205/55R16 on the 2006 A4.

Thanks!

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter. In order to answer your other question, I would need to know the year and model of the Chevy car in question.

215/60R15 is much smaller in height and load capacity so we cannot recommend using it on your 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. If minus sizing to 15", use size 215/70R15.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We have not tried the taller 215/55R17 tire size on the 2007 Honda Accord so I am not sure if it would fit without rubbing.

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I can check on this for you. How wide are the front wheels in question and about how much smaller/more narrow were you trying to use?

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels on the 2012 Grand Caravan due to the tires having less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.

What is the model of the Infiniti in question?

When minus sizing to 16" on the 5 door 2011 Subaru WRX, use tire size 215/55R16. Studded tires are available in that size.

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I got some winter tires of 195/65/R16

Will that cause any problem of my car?

thanks

I just got a Mazda3 sport 2014 which has stock tires of 205/60/r16.

I also have winter tires from my previous car which are 195/55/r15. Would these work on the new Mazda3, or do I need to buy new tires for the old 15" rims, something like 195/65/r15? Lastly, will the 195 width work or should I stick with 205?

Just trying to figure out whether I need a completely new winter tire package or if there's anything I can reuse.

Thanks for your input!

I have a 2013 Subaru Legacy with 215/50R17 tires. Would it be acceptable to use 195/65R15 (minus 2) for winter tires? Thank you!

I have a 2004 Nissan Murano and recently fitted them with 235/60/R18 tires. The factory standard is 235/65/R18. Would there be any problems in doing so?

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2014 Mazda3, so there is nothing that can be reused from that old setup, sorry.

Due to super low profile and crappy roads I keep having tires (3rd one now) go bad

Can I change to 205/60/16 and be ok. I have a basically brand new set on on 2013 golf wheels (non awd) available to me??

Thanks,

Mike

The smallest diameter wheel that will clear the brakes on the 2013 VW GOLF R is 17".

We do not recommend tires that are shorter in overall height as the tires have less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2012 Toyota Venza, 215/60R17 is too short. Use size 245/65R17 instead.

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When minus sizing to 16" wheels on the 2011 Mazda 6, use tire size 205/60R16.

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We do not recommend mixing different tire sizes on the 03 Vitara due to unstable handling.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2004 Toyota Sienna FWD LE, sorry. If you have found one that fits over the brakes, use tire size 215/70R15 or 205/70R15.

I want to downsize to 16" for winter tires, what is the appropriate size?

Thanks

Yes, you can indeed minus size on the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited using the following sizes :

17": 235/65R17

16": 225/70R16 or 235/70R16

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I can check fitment on that; what is the year and model of vehicle?

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2013 Toyota Sienna.

205/55R16 would be the size to use when minus sizing to 16" on the 2009 Acura CSX.

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Can I use 195/55R15??

We do not recommend tires that are shorter in overall height as the tires have less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.

When minus sizing to 15" on the 2006 Honda Civic EX, use tire size 195/65R15.

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For winter, can I downsize to 16" wheels and use either 215/70R16 or 225/65R16 winter tires?

Unfortunately, we have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on this car, sorry.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend tires that are shorter in overall height as the tires have less load capacity and a shorter overall diameter.

I have a GLK350 and I'm thinking about winter rims. One set of rims I'm looking at is 18inch with a 35mm offset. Will this have any problems on a GLK350?

Thanks!

We have not found any 14" wheels that will fit over the brakes on the 2005 Optima and the tallest 15" size we can recommend to fit without rubbing is 195/65R15.

A wide variety of offsets work well on the GLK350 and we do indeed sell some with 35mm offset that will work without any problems on this vehicle.

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Yes, you can indeed minus size to 205/65R15 on the 1999 Nissan Maxima SE.

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Yes, you can minus size to 17" wheels with tire size 235/60R17 on the 2012 Ford Taurus SEL.

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205/55R16 is much too short in diameter and load capacity to replace tires on an Outback using 225/55R17.

Yes, you can indeed use tire size 225/65R17 on the 2012 Odyssey with no problem and very little effect on the speedometer reading.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2007 Audi A4 quattro using tire size 215/55R16.

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Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 215/60R16 with no problems with speedometer errors or fuel mileage. Taller tires used on 16" generally have a softer ride and a bit slower steering response.

225/70R16 is too tall to fit the 2004 Monte Carlo SS.

You can minus size to 16" wheels with tire size 215/70R16 with no problem.

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When minus sizing to 17" on the 2010 Chevy Impala LTZ, we use size 225/55R17 to keep the same overall diameter. 235/55R17 should also fit.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability.

Currently using factory Perelli Scorpion STR.

Wondering if I can downsize rims and tires for winter tires?

Thank you

thanks for you time.

We have fit size 205/55R16 on 1999 Malibu vehicles in the past with no problem.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We cannot recommend a tire this tall on the Accord due to rubbing problems.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2008 Toyota Sienna.

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2008 Mercedes E350 4Matic.

17" setups would offer a bit taller sidewall for winter durability and generally more economical options.

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The subject of this particular blog is about about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 205/70R15 would be much too tall to fit the 2006 Honda Civic.

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2010 Venza, use tire size 245/65R17. 245/70R17 can sometimes rub.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2001 Acura TL, sorry.

There is no chance of 225/65R17 tires fitting a 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 as they are much too tall.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2011 Toyota Rav4.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

To answer your question, we have used 235/45R18 on the 2010 Kia Optima with no problem.

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We know of no smaller 15" options that we can recommend fore the 2009 Yaris. However you can minus size to 14" wheels with size 175/65R14.

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If this is a non turbo 2011 Optima EX, you can minus size to 215/60R16 with no problem.

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Yes, you can minus size to 215/70R16 on the 2012 Nissan Rogue with no problems.

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Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" steel wheels and still clear the brakes on the 2007 Caliber SXT.

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Yes, if you minus size to 16" on the 2009 Buick Lucerne, you can use tire size 225/60R16.

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215/60R16 is too small for the Rogue, sorry.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2004 Nissan Altima.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. If you're looking for better handling, choose a more performance oriented tire in your stock size, such as the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S03.

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225/55R18 is shorter than recommended. When minus sizing to 18" on the 2014 CX-5, use size 225/60R18.

I can check on this for you. What year is the Impala?

215/50R17 is much too short for a Honda CRV. For the 05 G35 you can minus size to 18" or 17". See the winter section of our site for more details :

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability.

17" tires will not mount on 16" wheels, sorry.

Can I downsize my 2009 MDX's stock tire 255 55 R18 to 235 60 R18? I would like to use four season tires and hope better performance in snow and wet, is that good without reduce lots of handling and corning?

225/55R17 tires are quite a bit shorter in height and load capacity than 225/60R17 so they are not recommended for the Rogue.

Yes, you can indeed use tire size 235/60R18 on the 2009 Acura MDX with no problem.

The subject of this particular blog We have not tried this taller tire size on the 2013 Sienna so I do not know if it will fit. We have used 235/55R18 with no problem.

June 6, 2012 you said the large brakes on the 2011 Sienna didn't allow for clearance of any of your 16" wheels. Is that still true in 2014? And if so, is it possible I might be able to find wheels elsewhere that would let me take advantage of your tire sale, or is it pretty much a no-go?

Thanks.

Unfortunately we still have not found any 16" wheels that fit over the brakes on the Sienna. I am not aware of any other companies that have, sorry.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. 175/60R14 would be dangerous to use on the minivan.

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Yes, you can use size 225/60R16 with 16" steel wheels on the 07 Pontian Grand Prix base or GT .

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Michelin does not make the Primacy MXV4 tires in 195/60R16, but they do make it in your 205/55R16 size.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. These two vehicles do not share the same bolt pattern so wheels are not cross compatible between the two.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. The change from 235/60R17 to 225/45R17 is so dramatic that it would be unsafe.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. If you let me know the year and model of your Explorer, I can look into alternate tire sizing on the same diameter wheel.

We know of no 14" wheels that would clear the brakes on a 2000 model or newer Pontiac Grand Am.

Yes, we have minus sized to 17" with size 245/70R17 tires with no problem on the 2009 Murano.

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225/70R16 is a bit taller than we have tried on the Rogue in the past but it is close enough that I think there is a good chance that this sizing would fit.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. The 195/60R15 size is shorter in diameter than we recommend to use on the 1996 Acura TL and may be more prone to blowouts due to its lower load capacity.

Either 18" or 17" setups can maintain the same towing capacity of your vehicle.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

The largest size 17" tire that we have fit on the 92 Nissan 2wd truck is 245/45R17. We have not tried the larger 235/65R17 size, but it seems to be too tall to fit.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2010 Toyota Camry.

215/65R15 is shorter in diameter than 215/65R16 so we would not recommend that those sizes be mixed.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 215/55R17 is too tall for the 2012 Civic; stick with 225/45R17 instead.

We have not found any 15" wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2002 Cadillac Deville.

Yes, we do indeed sell some wheels in 17" that clear the brakes on the 2007 GS450H with no problem. You can use tire size 225/50R17 or 245/45R17.

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Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" wheels on the 2010 C300 Sport.

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When minus sizing on the 2009 Scion TC, you'll use tire size 205/55R16. 215/60R16 is too tall.

Yes, you absolutely can minus size to 15" wheels with tire size 195/65R15 on the 2006 Honda Civic LX with no problem.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels.

The 215/70R16 size is too large to fit a 2003 Ford Mustang.

Yes, you can minus size to 265/70R17 on the 2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited with no problems or adjustments needed.

Size 225/40R18 is too short in height and load capacity to be used on the Grand Cherokee. For a less aggressive tire size that may help fuel economy slightly, check out 225/75R15.

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Yes, 225/55R17 would indeed fit a 2007 Chevy Impala.

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We have not found any 16" wheels that fit the 2009 Silverado, so I'm unsure of any complications, sorry.

195/55R15 would be the correct tire sizing to use when installing 15" wheels on a 1998 Honda Civic.

We have not tried 215/55R16 on this car, but we've used 205/55R16 with no problems.

Due to an increase in brake size, we have not found any 15" wheels that fit the 1999 Towncar, sorry.

I have a 2009 Grand Cherokee Limited. It originally has 245/65R17 Tires. Can I change theses for 235/60R17 instead?

Thanks a lot for your answer

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. Unfortunately we do not have fitment data regarding the compatibility of factory wheels for the Avalon.

When minus sizing to 17" on the 2006 Monte Carlo SS, use tire size 225/55R17 to maintain the correct overall diamter and load.

While I cannot speak for wheel fitments that we do not sell, you can indeed use tire size 225/60R16 on the Lucerne with correctly fitting wheels with no problems.

I have a 1994 Toyota 4X4 with 31x10.5x15, Can I replaced them with 235/60R/15 without any clearance issues ? Also Is the speedometer now closer in accuracy with the 235's when the OEM was 215/75R/15 ? Thanks

You can indeed minus size to 16" wheels on the 2011 CX7 with no problem with tire size 225/75R16.

While I cannot speak for the cross fitment of original wheels, I can tell you that 215/55R17 will fit a 2007 Chevy Malibu with correctly sized wheels.

How do I check for a bent rim?

225/65R17 would be too short in height and load for the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When minus sizing to 17" on this vehicle, use tire size 245/65R17 instead.

Yes, we have 16" packages that fit the 2013 Lexus IS250C that work well with 225/55R16 tires.

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I have 2008 Honda Accord Sedan EX-L V6 which has 225/50/R17 OEM on them right now. I looking to put on 215/70/R15 winter tires to use on my accord. Will these tires work on my accord.

Thanks.

We have not found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2008 Honda Accord.

I have an '05 Dodge Stratus R/T Coupe. OEM P215/50R17 Alloy wheels and I really want to downsize to a 16 inch wheel if possible. Prefer to switch to steel wheels, will this make any differences such as: Speedometer Accuracy? Shock bearing weight? Hub Center Bore? Steering/Handling?

You can downsize to 16" with size 205/55R16 even for year round use with no problems or changes in speedometer accuracy.

When minis sizing to 16" on the 2011 Subaru Forester, the size to use is 215/65R16. 215/70R16 is too tall.

Yes, you can minus size to 18" with tire size 235/50R18 on the 2014 Chevy Impala with no problems.

We haven't found any 15" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2014 Toyota Camry.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not recommend installing tires that are shorter in total diameter/height on factory wheels as this negatively affects load capacity and tire durability. However, if this is a 1996 K1500 model, tire size 225/75R16 will work with no problem.

205/55R16 is much shorter in height than Subaru intended to use on the vehicle. We have not tried anything that short on the vehicle and could not recommend it. Also there is nothing about the Impreza that would classify it as a "city vehicle".

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. We do not know if the taller 215/70R16 tires would fit your lifted 2011 Forester.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 17" with tire size 235/65R17 on the 2008 Acura MDX.

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The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. The larger 225/60R16 will fit the 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS with no problem.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. 215/55R17 is taller than we can guarantee to fit the 2012 Focus.

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels . To answer your question, yes, you can install 195/60R15 sized tires on teh 2013 Kia Rio EX with no problem.

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Unfortunately we have not found any 15"wheels that fit over the brakes on the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, sorry.

We have not found any smaller diameter wheels that clear the brakes on the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SE, sorry.

5x100 wheels will not fit the 2004 Saturn L300, sorry.

I can check on this for you. What year is your Tucson?

The smallest diameter wheels that we've found to fit the 2011 Jeep Patriot is 16" with size 215/65R16.

I have a R320 that has 19" rims. I have spare 16" rims, am I able to put winter tires sized as 235/60 R16 on?

Thanks!

I have an R320 with standard 19" wheels, can you let me know if I can use snow tires with 16" rims? 235/60 R16?

Thank you.

We have not found any 16" wheels that clear the brakes on the 2014 Acura MDX.

I can check on this for you. What year is your Mercedes R320?

Can I go as small as 215/70 R 16th on my 2008 Nissan Quest?

Thank you.

Yes, you can indeed use 215/70R16 on the 2008 Nissan Quest.

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Thanks.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 185/65R15 tires on the 2011 Ford Focus.

What year and model of Corolla?

What is the year and model of vehicle in question?

Thank you in advance

I have an Infiniti 2010 G37 Convertible, Aniv. Edition. Looking for winter tires, preferably studded. Tires/wheels currently are Front, 225/45R19 XL Rear, 245/40R19XL Can I downsize to get into studs? Or what snowtire would you recommend? RWD

Thank you

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. I carry no tires in 195/60R17.

I know of no studdable winter tires that will fit this car even when considering minus sizing.

Yes, you can indeed minus size to 16" on the 2013 Escape with tire size 225/65R16 or 235/60R16 with no problem.

225/45/r18 that is horrible in snow,I was told I could downsize.Could you possibly tell me what I would be looking for.

You can downsize to 215/60R16 on the 2007 Toyota Camry SE with no problem.

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The tallest size we have fit on the 2004 Acura TL is size 205/60R16.

These would be too tall for the Legacy but a bit short for the Grand Caravan.

While it is outside of the recommended rim width range, it is possible to mount 215/50R17 tires on 17X8 wheels. The tires will be stretched and will not perform optimally.

Can I put on 215/60 R17 for the winter?

The subject of this particular blog is about minus sizing to smaller diameter wheels. To answer a question about what larger size tire would fit your vehicle, I will need to know the year and model of the vehicle in question.

Yes, with 16" wheels, you can use 225/60R16 tires on the 1998 Chevy Lumina.

While I cannot speak for Chevrolet's vehicle warranty, I can state that 215/60R16 tires on 16" wheels work very well on the 2012 Chevy Malibu and would be an ideal setup for winter use.

I have Kia Sportage with original 215/70/R16 tires. Can I downsize them with winter tires 205/55/R16? Thanks a lot.

We would agree with your choice of minus sizing to 225/60R17 with no problems.

I can check on this for you. What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?