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Will any 16 inch tire fit on a 16 inch rim or must I use the same #'s?

hanklive39 hanklive39
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 10/10
Posted: 10/23/10
04:28 PM

For instance... I have 225/60r/16 tires on my 2003 Chevy Impala...

I would like to know if I must use the same corresponding tire size for the rims which are the stock Chevy rims that came with the car when new?

If anyone can explain if I can or cannot use a slightly different tire size as long as they are 16 inch tires, I would really appreciate it... the same goes for winter tires also. Thanks in advance! Grin



waynep7122 waynep7122
Addict | Posts: 4545 | Joined: 08/09
Posted: 10/23/10
05:22 PM

yes.. you can use other 16" tires on your existing rims...

here are the possible sizes in 16   there are LIMITATIONs in what tire will fit which rim width...

175/50-16 205/80-16 235/55-16 265/45-16
175/55-16 215/40-16 235/60-16 265/70-16
175/60-16 215/45-16 235/65-16 265/75-16
185/55-16 215/50-16 235/70-16 275/45-16
195/40-16 215/55-16 235/75-16 275/70-16
195/45-16 215/60-16 235/80-16 285/60-16
195/50-16 215/65-16 235/85-16 285/65-16
195/55-16 215/70-16 245/45-16 285/75-16
195/60-16 215/75-16 245/50-16 295/50-16
195/80-16 215/85-16 245/70-16 295/75-16
205/40-16 225/45-16 245/75-16 305/70-16
205/45-16 225/50-16 255/50-16 315/75-16
205/50-16 225/55-16 255/55-16 345/75-16
205/55-16 225/60-16 255/60-16 365/75-16
205/60-16 225/65-16 255/65-16 7.5-16
205/65-16 225/70-16 255/70-16
205/70-16 225/75-16 255/85-16  

CapriRacer CapriRacer
Enthusiast | Posts: 368 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 10/24/10
03:46 AM

Every tire size has an allowable rim width range.  If you look up the specs - usually posted on line somewhere - you find'll it.

But there are 2 other considerations when it comes to tire size.

1)  Load carrying capacity:  The original tire size was selected by the vehicle engineer to have enough load carrying capacity for the weight of the vehicle.  If you use a tire with less load carrying capacity, you increase the risk of a load related tire failure, which sometimes has tragic results!  You can determine the load carrying capacity by the Load Index.  General Rule:  Larger tires have larger Load Indices.

2)  Physical dimensions:  If you use a tire that is physically larger than the OE tire size, there is a possibility that it will interfere with the bodywork, the frame, or the suspension.  This can lead to tire damge, body damage, and accidents.  I am not aware of anyone who publishes a list of what tire sizes fit on what vehicles for all the vehicles ever made.  I haven't even seen a list for newer vehicles!  The only way to be sure you won't have an interference problem is to use the original tire size.

So there you have it.  If you use the original tire size, you'll avoid the problem of too little load carrying capacity AND interfering with the bodywork.  

dkatnik dkatnik
User | Posts: 74 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 10/28/10
06:42 AM

I have literally been asked this same question a thousand times and it typically deserves the same reply....why.  I am guessing you are not looking to change tire size just for the sake of doing so, therefore, what is driving your desire to install some  size other that which came as original equipment?  Once that is determined a more detailed response should be forthcoming via the various people who respond the posts on this site.  

paulrizik04 paulrizik04
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/11
Posted: 03/15/11
06:34 PM

I have s10 Extreme and have stock size 235/55/16 tires on truck. Tire size is not common and no found at many places. I was told i could use size 245/70/16 size tire on my stock rim and now i have many tires and brands to choose from.  

CapriRacer CapriRacer
Enthusiast | Posts: 368 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 03/16/11
06:45 AM


A 245/70R16 is 12% larger in diameter than a 235/55R16 - a pretty poor choice!

A 225/60R16 would be a much better selection!  

dkatnik dkatnik
User | Posts: 74 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 03/17/11
05:24 AM

I have sold quite a few sets of tires to Extreme owners.  The 235/55R16 was the tire size that GM was using on the Camaro/Firebird during those years and was an easy fitment for the Extreme usually using the same product (Goodyear Eagle GA).  A very nice substitute was the 245/50R16 as it is only about 10mm wider and 14mm taller than the standard issue and my guess is this is the actual size that was recomended to you, not the 70 series as noted above.  Unfortunatly this size may not be any easier to find especially if you are already having trouble finding the 235/55R16's.  

markrusell markrusell
New User | Posts: 17 | Joined: 04/11
Posted: 05/04/11
09:46 AM

If you use a exhaust with less burden bearing capability, you boost the risk of a burden associated exhaust malfunction, which occasionally has tragic results!  You can work out the burden bearing capability by the Load Index.  General Rule:  Larger exhausts have bigger Load Indices  
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Autobuzz Autobuzz
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 06/11
Posted: 06/07/11
06:51 PM

I think its all been touched on, but rember that to wide of a tire can cause rubbing problems and you need to verify that the width pf the rim is in complince with tje tire standered. Check out might help you!  

matti matti
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/12
Posted: 05/29/12
10:36 AM

hi I have a problem I have a tire thats 235 60 r16 and wondering if I can put a 225 75 r16 load range D. Can the 225 replace the 235 besides the # difference.  Confused  

CapriRacer CapriRacer
Enthusiast | Posts: 368 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 05/30/12
12:58 AM


There are quite a few issues.

You didn't tell us what vehicle you have, so we don't know what the rim width your vehicle has.

A 235/60R16 can fit on a 6.5" to 8.5" rim, but a 225/75R16 has an allowble rim width range of 6" to 7".  So there is some overlap, but it's possible the rims on your car are too wide.

The second thing is that the 225/75R16 is over 2" larger in diameter, so there would be clearance issues.

And lastly, you are suggesting replacing P type tires with LT type tires - not a good idea without additional information.

Short version:  You should stick with the original tire size.  

marby marby
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/12
Posted: 05/30/12
06:18 PM

I have an 08 dodge avenger.  I desparatly need 2 tires for the rear, 1 is blown and other not much better.  My friend has 2 totally different sized 16's. My car comes with 215-60-R16, i need to know if i can temporarily replace them with 225-65-R16.  I only get paid once a month and am broke.  I have no other options and need to get to work for 2 more weeks before my next check. Please, any help would be appreciated greatly. thanks...  

munchiemom munchiemom
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 09/12
Posted: 09/21/12
01:19 PM

I have a comparable question about a different vehicle.   I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that the dealer upgraded tires on before I purchased it.   It currently has the original 245/70/16 tires and they need to be replaced.  I drive primarily in the city and highway. I never do any off-roading .    Do I have to replace these with 245/70/16 or do I have other trustworthy options?  If so, what are those options?  

CapriRacer CapriRacer
Enthusiast | Posts: 368 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 09/22/12
01:47 AM

If you've read my comments to the earlier postings, you see I recommend using the original tire size.  Why?

First is that the original tire size has sufficient load carrying capacity - an important point to avoid tire failures.

Second is the clearance issues.  We know there is enough clearance for the original size because the vehicle manufacturer checked it.  A larger tire size might interfere with a part of the suspension, frame, or bodywork.  Very bad!  

Claude Lynx2002 Claude Lynx2002
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 10/13
Posted: 10/06/13
04:56 PM

I have a Kia sedona 2006 LX
and i use 225 70 R 16 tires
i have the chances to have a set of 4 used tires
215 65 R16 they came from a Toyota Sienna 2006
what i whant to know will they fit and will they work safely?
They are winter tires  

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