Tire Size Q&A part 2

can i mix and run 265/70/16 with 255/70/16

by Don V. Tebbenham
(B.C. Canada)

i have a 2001 mazda tribute,i would like to know if i can run 265/70/16 on the rear and 255/70/16 on the front

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Mixed tire sizes on 2001 Mazda
by: Tire Guyi

Generally speaking on a vehicle which is not 4 wheel drive it may be OK to use different sized tires on the front axle from what you have on the rear, as long as you choose tires which meet the other requirements of your vehicle such as load and speed rating.

The problem I have with this approach is the issue of your spare tire. Which size are you going to carry as a spare? Or do you plan to carry two spares? You see, it is not a good idea to mix sizes on the same axle because this can affect the control you have when driving. If the mixing is for an emergency short-term duration and you are driving with extra caution you may be able to get out of the pinch, but there is a temptation for you (or some other driver) to do this mixing without even thinking about it.

I'd feel much more sure of your situation if you were to stick to one size all around.

TG

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2002 Ford explorer andt 31X10.50R16 LT Tires

by Allen Vargas
(Council Bluffs , Iowa)

2002 Ford explorer can I put 31X10.50R16 LT with out any rubbing or issues ?

Prior to tires...
Will raise front end 1.5"
Will raise rear end 1 1/4"

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Alternate tires for Explorer
by: Tire Guy

You haven't told me the size of the tires you were currently using so I have no way of comparing the new tires you want with them.

You may find it useful to look at our Tire Size Calculator and from that page use the link to the Tire Size Converter to find out the equivalent standard tire size of the high flotation tires you are considering.

TG

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Can I replace p225/60r16 with p235/55r16

I have a 2004 Buick LeSabre That came with the P225/60r16.
Can I put the P235/55r16's on the original wheel?

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Switch to wider tire on your LeSabre
by: Tire Guyi

Your idea to switch to a 235/55r16 tire falls within the standard guideline limits of a change no more than 2% in overall size. There will be a slight error in your speedometer showing a slightly lower speed than what you really are travelling but it is very slim. You should have no problem on this front provided you are not in the habit of always driving a wee bit faster than the posted list.

On the positive side you will experience a minor improvement in fuel consumption, saving you a bit less than 2% in the long run.

As long as your alternate tires are rated as least as much as the originals in speed and load rating you should not experience any problems. I would be amazed if you had any issue with these tires fitting on your original rims.

TG

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will tires and wheels fit?

I have a 2002 ford explorer sport (suv 2 wheel drive) I was wondering if it would fit rims and tires that are 225/60/18 without rubbing? Rims are 18x7.5 lug 5x114.3

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18 inch wheels on Ford Explorer
by: Tire Guy

I don't have personal experience with your 2002 Ford Explorer, but a bit of investigation reveals that the aftermarket does not generally offer any wheels other than 16" for this vehicle. The recommended tire size seems to be 255/70R16. Based on this, an equivalent 18 inch tire would be 255/60 or 245/60 to stay within the standard range of no more that 2% difference in over all diameter. Also 235/65R18 is within this range. Al these tires are just a smidgen smaller than the OEM size, so there should be no problem with rubbing.

TG

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Express Van Tire Issue

by B
(Richmond, Va)

I have a '98 Chevy Express 2500 van(6 lug). Stock size tire is 225/75 R16. Can I put 235/55 R16 tires in it? Let's assume the load rating is the same. Would this even be possible? I need new tires, and a buddy of mine has a new set of 235/55 R16s. Trying to see if I can help him while helping myself as well.

Thanks!

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Smaller Tires on Van
by: Tire Guy

The alternative tires you are thinking of using on your Chevy Express are far too much smaller than what you have been using. The difference in size is over 10% and we normally do not like to see any change greater than 2% for a satisfactory swap.

You will be using nearly 11% more fuel if you go through with this swap and may have issues with clearance if you are driving over rough surfaces and roads with holes, etc.

For your case, I would much rather see you use a 235/70R16.

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