Would a 16 inch tire fit a 17 inch wheel/rim?

I want to replace my stock 16in steel and hubcab wheels for 17 inch alloys. But would i have to buy new tires? i really dont want to throw away perfect new tires. The tires specs are 215/60R/16.

the thing i dont get is i went to the dealer to check out wheel options and they had this catalogue and there were 17 and even 18 inch rims that would fit on my car using the original OEM tires, but as you all know the prices at dealships are jacked up. So was i reading the catalogue wrong?

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  • Yes you do need new tires for those 17″ rims. Try listing your old tires on a bulletin board or a newspaper ad maybe you can sell them that way. Some tire shops may take them on trade toward the purchase of a 17″ tire and wheel package. But in that case you would probably get a lot less than selling them yourself since most tire shops are in the “new tire” market. Good luck! Look at the site below to see the correct way to plus size and what the effects will be to your vehicle.

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  • This Site Might Help You. RE: Would a 16 inch tire fit a 17 inch wheel/rim? I want to replace my stock 16in steel and hubcab wheels for 17 inch alloys. But would i have to buy new tires? i really dont want to throw away perfect new tires. The tires specs are 215/60R/16.

  • Yes, you would have to buy new tires. The dealership may offer “stock” 16″ rims or “optional” 17″ or 18″ rims, but the bigger rims would not have the same tires, they would have a different tire that the company decided was “stock” for that rim. Dawnsdad is correct with the explanation on how the tires are sized, but the one thing that I thought might not be clear is that the 60 means the sidewall height is 60% of the 215mm dimension. What you might consider, if you live in an area where there is snow in the winters, you could first wait until your tires are worn, and then buy the bigger rims for summer driving and get snow tires for the 16s. Just a thought.

  • Nope, they don’t fit. You can try selling the old tires and rims in the yard after you put on the new ones but be sure to chain then to a tree or something as many would just take them. You will only get back about 10 cents on the dollar for what you paid for the tires. Best is to keep the old tires and rims and use them in the winter when you don’t want snow and salt with gravel ruining your new rims.

  • You would have to replace the tires. You cannot put a 16 inch tire on a 17 inch rim. -215 refers to the width of the tread in millimeters. -60 refers to the ratio of the sidewall to the width of the tire. -R means it’s a radial tire. -16 means it has to fit on a 16 inch rim.

  • Ask yourself that question a few times repeating the terms 16″ tire and 17″ rim and decide if you really need someone else to answer that for u.

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  • Everyone above is wrong. there is a huge safety measure built into the seating surface (about 1 1/4″) so a half inch is within the safety margin.

    course a dealership will not put the undersized tires on, but an independent shop probably would.

  • Common sense man. Of course not. You can sell the tires and maybe make some money that way.

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