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Smaller rim size

2003 Chrysler Town and Country

2003 Chrysler Town and Country

I own a 2003 Chrysler town and country my size is 215/65/16

I want to put on some rims I have with a tire size of 235/75/15 can it be done and if not which tire size can I put on the 15 inch rims.

Editorial Comment:

First you need to make certain that the 15 inch rims are suitable for your vehicle. Some vehicles will have a conflict with brakes or other systems if the wheels are too small, and the data I have for the 2003 Chrysler Town and Country is that 16 inch rims are the smallest which are offered for this vehicle.

If and I emphasize IF, 15 inch wheels are suitable for your vehicle, then you would need to choose a smaller tire than the one you have in mind. The closest best fit I can find is a 215/70 r 15, but I repeat that you should only use these if your vehicle will operate correctly using 15" wheels.

TG

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Tire Concerns: 15X6JJ stenciled on my acquired rims

by Bill
(Rizal, Philippines)

Is 15X6JJ the size of the rims? If so, what is the largest diameter tires I can use, what is the smallest? And what is the widest and skinniest tires I can use on this rim size?

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Your wheels
by: Wheels Etc

There is no limit to the outside diameter of the tire that will fit on this wheel. That would be determined by the room you have under the fender of your vehicle. The width however does have limit and that could be approximately 235 mm cross section. If you need a wider tire for the project you have in mind you will need a wider wheel. The 6 in the width of this wheel is 6 inches between the flanges. That is not the overall width of the wheel. It is the distance between the beads of the tire you will mount on that rim. If you extend the beads wider than the cross section the tire will not perform well or for long. If you use a wider tire than 235mm you will cause the center of the tire to pinch up and again you will loose performance and mileage. The JJ simply means the configuration as you look at the wheel. You will notice the flanges, the bead area, the safety bead and the drop center. Each of those have measurements and constitute the configuration.

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rim and tire exchange

by kristina
(Massachusetts)

Can u replace a dodge 225 65 r16 rim and tire with a pontiac 225 65 r16 rim and tire.

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Your Wheels
by: Wheels Etc

Of course the tire sizes you described are the same. The wheels however are possibly close. I believe the bolt patter is close at 5 on 4.5 and 5 on 114.7mm. The most likely problem is the center hole in the Dodge wheels is possibly smaller than that which is needed on the GM vehicle. That will prevent the wheel being used on the GM. In addition there is a possibility that the brake caliper will hit with the Dodge wheel and might be adjusted with a thin spacer. I suggest you simply pay a quality tire dealer to change the tires on the rims and you should find mounting and balancing not to exceed $15 each. That also assures the use of accessories like hubcaps or wheel covers.

changing wheels
by: tire guy

As long as the bolt pattern is the same the wheels should be interchangeable and since the tire size is the same there would be not difference there either.

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different tire diameter on same size wheel

by Mike
(Snellville, Ga.)

I have a motorhome with Michellin 235/80R 22.5 tires. Can I replace them with 255/70R 22.5 tires using the same wheels without any safety concerns?

Editorial Comment:

You wish to install 225/70 r 22.5 tires on the same wheels that were carrying 235/80 r 22.5 tires.

This does not result in a change of wheel diameter. Both tires are designed to be used on 22.5 inch rims. What is changing is the width of the tires which is shown in the first number, and the height of the sidewall which is calculated by using the second number. The 70 or 80 is the percentage of the width that come from dividing the height by the width.

In the tires you mention the new tires are both narrower and lower than the first ones. Each tire size is designed to fit on a certain width of wheel but this isn't nearly as critical as using the same rim diameter. In your case the difference is small enough that you can likely have the same width of wheels for both tire sizes.

TG

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Your tires
by: Wheels Etc

I feel sure you made a mistake when you described the new tire size as 225/70 R 22.5 and I am also sure it should have been 255/70 R 22.5 which is a wider tire and is normally on a 7.5 inch wide wheel compared to 6.75 inches for the 235/80 R 22.5. It does not seem like much but you must consider the construction of the tires. Compared to car tires where the bead is a single steel cable the truck tire also known as a dual bead tire has two cables in each bead. Now you can understand the need to keep the beads in the proper relationship with the rolling, flexing sidewall.

Please verify the size on the tires involved and check with your local tire dealer who may have a National Rim and Wheel reference book to verify what I have said.

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Different offsets on ATV rear rims

by Bud
(IL)

I bent the stock rear rim on 2004 Yamaha Kodiak. I bought two rims that are the same size (12x7.5) but the offset of the rim is different. The stock rims are around 3.5/4 where the new ones are around 2/5.5. Out seemed like a significant difference and I will have to run the valve stem on the inside. Will I get along alright our am I just asking for trouble. Any reply is appreciated.

Ed. Comment
I'm not very much of an expert on 4x4's so I can only offer a couple of general thoughts.

Unless the valves will rub or break off because of some obstruction, this is probably nothing more than an inconvenience.

The offset may be a different issue since a change in this may affect your handling or performance. This could be something which is good or bad according to your own experience … do a couple of controlled test runs and see how it goes.

TG

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Different size tires with a different bolt pattern

by Debbie
(Port Orchard, WA)

I have a f-150 crew cab 4x4 pick-up, I need 4 new tires but can't afford them I currently have LT 265/75 R16 tires on the truck, I happen to have a very nice set of 4 tires on rims that are P 265/70 R17 but the bolt pattern is different on the new tires they are a 6 bolt and I currently have a 5 bolt can you suggest a way to use the tires I have work?

Editorial Comment:

The old saying "where there's a will, there's a way" might apply here, but I would honestly advise you to forget it.

You've already said you can't afford to buy tires, but if you start trying to make modifications which are going to allow you to do what you want you're likely going to end up having to spend a lot more and will have to put up with a lot of inconvenience along the way … and still not end up being completely satisfied.

TG

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Your wheels
by: Wheels Etc

I get the impression you are talking about wheels rather than tires. I understand the worn out tires are on 16 inch wheels that fit your Ford Pickup and the tires you would like to use are on 17" Ford 6 lug wheels. If you already know the 17" tires will fit under your truck you can easily buy adaptors. You will need 4 adaptors that go from 5on5 1/2 to 6on135mm. Prices will vary from $15 to $65 each. You will have to ask dealers in your area what they have available. Parts stores that sell tires also carry adaptors. I suggest you look for shops that promote oversized expensive aftermarket wheels because they normally have to adapt those to several cars. Good Luck

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wheel bolt pattern

by John
(Tehachapi)

Will the wheels on a 2002 ford Taurus fit a 2003 Chevy venture?

Editorial Comment:

I found the following information by doing a search on the internet for certain vehicles similar to those you mentioned.

Wheels for 2002 Ford Taurus SE Sedan
Bolt Pattern: 5-108

Wheels for 2003 Chevrolet Venture
Bolt Pattern: 5-115

It would appear there is no fit possible because of the difference in bolt spacing.

TG

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wheel question

by John
(Oregon)

Nn my Tacoma 4x4 I noticed that all 4 wheels are marked 15x7JJ, but my spare wheel is a 15x7J is this something I need to be concerned about if I have ti use the spare?


Editorial Comment

The letters "J" and "JJ" at the end of the size on rims, refers to the contour of the bead seating (or where the tire fits in the wheel). J, JJ and JK are the most common contours used these days and for the most part they are interchangeable, but for the best results you should stick with what you have rather than trying to mix them.

JJ is the most commonly used contour type on 4X4 vehicles so it is not surprising that you'd find that on the wheels or your Tacoma, and the fact that you have J on the spare tire is not something that should cause you concern at long as you use that wheel as a spare and for temporary use.

TG

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bought new rims, and took them to Discount Tire for new tires

by Judy
(C.C. TX. 784125)

I bought new rims from one place and took my car to Discount Tire and bought new tires, Both places picked the size I thought was needed, however, now my back tires are rubbing horribly when I drive and I have already had two flat tires on one back tire.

The old tires were 215/50 1791VMTS. The new tires are 215/50 ZR1795WXL.

Discount tire is telling me to take the tires off and get a hammer and bang the part of vehicle that is rubbing. Each store is blaming the other. What would be the reason and who would be at most fault?

I paid quite a bit of money for everything all together and they kept my original rims that were in good condition. When I asked for them, they couldn't find them.

Editorial Comment
You are asking me to determine who is at fault without providing a great amount of information about this situation. You didn't tell us the kind of vehicle, whether or not you had it for any length of time before the change, why you decided to change wheels, how long after the change before the problems occurred, etc.

It is possible neither store is at fault. Maybe you have had some mechanical problem which happened after the tires and wheels were changed. Example, on some vehicles a defective exhaust pipe could come lose and rub against a tire causing it to fail prematurely. Maybe you have defective shock absorbers which provoke the same problem.

Frankly, I would not want to diagnose the problem or propose a solution without personally inspecting the vehicle. I would recommend that you find a reputable mechanic or tire dealer who you trust and have them review your case.

TG

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Question about atv rims

by robert calhoun
(greenwood, s c 29646)

Polaris Sportsman 300

Polaris Sportsman 300

on a atv rim what does at,ax, az mean
this is a rim on poloris atv 4 wheeler 4 wheel dr sportman 300 4 x 4

Editorial Note:
We've requested info from Polaris and the were completely unwilling to try to provide this information and directed us to contact a local Polaris dealer.

We asked www.motosport.com and they did make an attempt to answer the question as follows:

"… as near as I have found these are color designations. The bike came in colors like green, red, camo and so on. The LE model usually came with just a plain aluminum rim. Without the year of the bike I am only guessing on the colors, but you get the idea. If you need somthing year specific I will see what I can come up with … "

www.motosport.com
1-877-674-3571

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I hope this helps. The evident conclusion is that these letters have little similarity to the letters used in car, truck and suv tires where AT = All Terrain. If you pursue this further with motosport.com or elsewhere, please let us know if you discover anything new.

TG

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Tire Concerns: Wheel swapping

by Bill
(Australia)

I have a 15" mags wheels in my store room. and I have a Paseo which has a 14" regular tire. I want to find out if is it applicable if I will swap my 15" mags wheel onto my 14" regular wheel fitted on my car?



Editorial Comment:

If the lug nuts on your car match the hole locations in the new wheels, you're half ways home.

The next step would be to choose a tire size that will preserve the same outside diameter as you had with the 14 inch wheels. This is called Plus-sizing and is discussed on our page called: Plus Sizing.

TG

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