Naive question - tire size

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jack, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Jack

    Jack Guest

    I got 4 snow tires 205/70-15 with my 99 Forester and
    I want to sell them. A 2002 Forester owner told me that
    her car has 215/60-16 tires on it. Does it mean that my
    snow tires won't fit her car?
     
    Jack, Apr 29, 2005
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  2. Jack

    Edward Hayes Guest

    The base model came with 15 inch rims and the S version comes with 16
    inch rims. No the tires will not fit unless you take rims with the
    tires.
     
    Edward Hayes, Apr 29, 2005
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  3. Jack

    Jack Guest

    Thanks Edward for the quick reply.
    Yes, my snow tires come with rims. So they should work
    with her car?
     
    Jack, Apr 29, 2005
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    l.lichtman Guest

    Right. If her information is correct, her rims are an inch bigger than
    yours.
     
    l.lichtman, Apr 29, 2005
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  5. I'm not knowledgeable enough to tell from the numbers you gave, but if you trade
    tires and rims (I assume the lug patterns are the same so you can), both your
    speedometers might then be off.
     
    John Rethorst, Apr 29, 2005
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  6. Jack

    YKhan Guest

    Don't worry about the fact it says "Miata", it's not just for Mazda
    Miatas.

    Tire size calculator
    http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

    You'll see when you plug in the two tire sizes, that there is only a
    0.5% speedometer error between the two tire sizes. In other words, it's
    a near perfect match.

    In general, you will find that when a manufacturer gives many different
    tire size options, all of those options have been chosen by the mfg to
    have the same circumference, more or less.

    Yousuf Khan
     
    YKhan, Apr 29, 2005
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  7. Jack

    Juan Vado Guest

    Given that your tires are already on 15" rims
    and those rims clear the brakes, they will be
    a good match with less than a 1% theoretical
    difference in circumference.

    Many vehicle with larger wheel sizes use the extra
    room to fit larger brakes. I have had a couple
    of vehicles where only the OEM wheel would clear
    the brakes without going up an inch in diameter
    for non-OEM wheels due to the design. Steel wheels
    were not an option.
     
    Juan Vado, Apr 29, 2005
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  8. Jack

    CompUser Guest

    As long as the lug patterns the same, those
    wheels & tires will be fine on her vehicle.
     
    CompUser, Apr 29, 2005
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    Cam Penner Guest

    I've had it worse. I bought steel rims (for winter) for my
    Nissan NX2000 from a wrecker. Unfortunately they only had
    3, and I had to order one from Nissan directly. They were
    all the same size. Except when I put them on the second
    year (and was rotating them) I noticed that the one from
    Nissan directly didn't clear the front brakes. All of the
    other 3 were fine.

    It turns out that the NA built NX2000s had a different
    (larger) set of front brakes on them than the Japanese
    built ones. Both were imported for the same years.

    Moral of the story? Try them on the car and check
    clearances before you close the transaction.
     
    Cam Penner, Apr 29, 2005
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  10. Jack

    Cam Penner Guest


    says...
    Er, make that (smaller). The JAPANESE model's had larger
    front brakes.

    I need caffeine.
     
    Cam Penner, Apr 29, 2005
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