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Old 18 Apr 2011, 02:16 pm
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Default will a new 205 55 16 tire fit on an existing rim where previous tire was sized at 215 60 16?

I have another tire with different numbers. same 16 " size but the other two number are different. Will it fit on my exisiting rim?
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Old 18 Apr 2011, 02:31 pm
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You answered yourself: "same 16" size". They are both 16 inch tires, so yes the tire will fit on a 16 inch rim, but the new tire is going to be wider and taller than the old tire, so it may not fit under the vehicle and may not match the other tires on the vehicle (causing other problems).
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Old 18 Apr 2011, 02:46 pm
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Probably, but you can't use them on the same car.
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Old 18 Apr 2011, 03:16 pm
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Yes it will fit on the rim. The tyre will be wider and taller than the one you are replacing. If it fits under the arch and doesn't foul then you can use it BUT you must either replace all the tyres or 2 tyres on the same axle. So either both fronts or both rears or all 4. You can't use 1 or 3.

Using this tyre will also affect your speedometer as the rolling radius is larger, to a small extent the braking and the handling of the car. If the car has ABS then replacing just 2 tyres on the same axle may give you issues.

The numbers on the tyre mean

205 or first 3 digit number given - this is the measurement of the width of the contact surface ( the tread part).

55 - this is the height of the tyre (or 'profile') from the rim to the contact surface. The number is a % of the contact surfaces size.

16 - is the size in inches of the rim that it will fit on.
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Old 18 Apr 2011, 03:31 pm
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Yes it will fit the wheel ,but wheel & tire is on the car is it going to clear the fender well & fender we dont know that , looking at the front when turing is where the problem is going to be , i would ck that 1st,
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Old 18 Apr 2011, 03:46 pm
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Yes, it will fit on your rim with no problem at all but the question is will it fit without rubbing. There should be enough space for you to use a wider and taller tire. Another thing is you will replace your tire size from 215 to 205, there might be slight inaccuracy on your speedometer and odometer.

Although this inaccuracy is almost unnoticeable, it is best to set it if you change tire. Also, it is best that you change all your tire size and not just one or two since you will place a taller one.

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