Can I use 16 tires instead of 17?

When changing the car’s original wheels and tires, the general rule of thumb is that you can go up or down by one inch. For example, if your car is currently riding on 17-in wheels, you can reduce the size to 16 inches.

Are r16 and r17 tires interchangeable?

As pointed out by DXM, the 15,16,17 isn’t an interchangeable number. None of the first 3 numbers can just be changed individually.

Can you put any size tire on a 17 inch rim?

For diameter you’ll need to be sure that your tires and wheels are an exact match, e.g. a 215/65R17 tire will only fit on a 17″ diameter wheel. There’s a bit more flexibility when it comes to wheel widths.

What size tires can you put on a 16-inch rim?

Tire Sizes by Wheel Diameter

16″ Options

What is the difference between 16 and 17-inch wheels?

The smaller 16-inch wheels come with tyres that have larger sidewalls that act as cushions against sharp edges on the roads, like ruts and potholes. While 17-inch tyres look much better, the shorter sidewalls aren’t as good in filtering out road shocks.

Do all 16-inch rims fit the same?

Wheel dimensions are measured in diameter (15,16-17-inches, etc.) and width (6,7, 8-inches). Replacement wheels that are the same size as stock should go on without a problem. You can fit larger diameter and wider wheels, but you may run into clearance issues.

What does r16 mean on a tire?

This is indicated in percentage of the tire width. “R” stands for the construction method of the tire indicating the tire is a radial tire. The following two numbers (16) indicate the diameter of the wheel rim in inches. The next two or three numbers (94) indicate the load index of the tire.

Is it possible to put 16 rims on a car that originally has 15 rims?

A vehicle equipped with a 16-inch rim and tire package can be changed to a 15-inch rim and tire. The main factor to consider is the overall rolling distance, which is the distance the vehicle travels with one revolution of the tire.

Can any 17 inch tire go on a 17 inch rim?

Basically speaking any 17 inch rim can fit a 17 inch tire. By going with a 255/55/17, you’re going to have a smaller side wall.

Can I put different size tires on my rims?

Tires are a part of the wheel setup. For instance, your vehicle has a set size of rims, but you can buy different sizes of tires to fit those rims, as long as the middle of the tires is the correct size. That being said, a vehicle with bigger rims will often be able to fit larger tires than other vehicles.

Can you change tire size on same rims?

You can change the size of your tires with the same rims, as long as the tire and rims have the same internal diameter. Tires are flexible, however, so the width and height may be changed. Be sure to pay attention to manufacturer specifications when choosing tires.

Will any 16 inch tire fit on a 16 inch rim?

Yes, you can. Whenever it happens that you are changing the original rims and tires for your vehicle, the general rule of the thumb is to ensure that you can either go up or down by at most one inch. To be more specific, if your car is presently riding on 17-inch wheels, you are free to use any tire of size 16 inches.

Can you put R17 tires on R18 rims?

Yes, you should complain. The R17 tires are narrower than the R18’s, which makes them slightly more dangerous because you lose a tiny amount of contact surface (on paper anyway), but mostly there is a huge price difference between 17 inch and 18 inch wheels (for some reason). If you paid for 18’s, you should get 18’s.

How much difference in tire size is acceptable?

When changing tire sizes, we recommend staying within 3% of the diameter/height of the original tire. Any more than this and you face the risk of brake failure.

Whats cheaper 16 or 17 tires?

16″ tires are cheaper to buy…for instance on bfg at’s are $170 each for a 16″ wheel and $198 each for a 17″ wheel. 17″ wheels look a little nicer being a little bigger.

Are 17-inch rims good?

Subjectively, both the 17-inch and 18-inch wheels and tires were in the sweet spot of grip, braking performance, ride comfort, and steering feel. Moving from 17-inchers to 18s barely degrades ride quality, and the additional grip is welcome.

What is the advantage of 17-inch wheels?

17-inch tires get better traction since there is more rubber on the road, especially for vehicles carrying more than average weight.

How do you know which rims fit your tires?

Open up the driver’s door and look within the door jam or on the door itself and locate the sticker that has your tire information on it. Here you will find the wheel (rim) and tire size your vehicle came equipped with from the factory.

Are all 17 rims the same?

Common rim sizes include 15, 16 and 17 inches. Rim size will vary depending on the make and model of the car and manufacturers may release different models of the same car with different rim size options.

What happens if you use the wrong size tires?

Drivers might be most worried about tire defects, but even new tires in the wrong size can cause control issues that may potentially lead to accidents. Being prone to rollovers, for example, may turn a minor fender bender into a fatal accident. The right size tires can prevent that lack of stability.

What does 17 mean on a tire?

The number (17) is Wheel Diameter. It is the size of the wheel measured from one end to the other. It tells you the size of the wheel that the tire is intended to fit on. The next number (95) is the Load Index. Load Index shows the maximum load that the tire can support when inflated properly.

What does R17 mean on a tire?

After the letter R, a number that indicates the wheel size where it fits. So for the example, P225/45R17 91V, R17 means the tire is made of radial-ply construction and that it fits a 17-inch rim. It’s a common knowledge for car owners that tires only fit a wheel that has an identical inner diameter with it.

What does 103h mean on a tire?

103 (Load Index): A load index of 103 means this tire can carry up to 1,929 lbs. H (Speed Rating): A speed rating of “H” means that this tire is designed to withstand speeds up to 130 miles per hour.

Does wheel size affect ground clearance?

Taller tyres and rims

Increasing the tyre size from 185/60 R14 to 185/70 R14 will give you 10mm of extra ground clearance. If you increase the rim size from 14-inches to 15-inches, it will also add a lot of ground clearance to your vehicle.

How big of a tire can you put on a 15 inch rim?

Tire Sizes by Wheel Diameter

15″ Options

Can I put any rims on my car?

But you might not know what wheels from other vehicles will fit your car. Fortunately, it’s possible to use a replacement wheel from any vehicle. However, you should ensure that that the original wheel has the same bolt pattern, wheel offset, and size of the new one.



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