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Changing tire size

fruster1fruster1 Posts: 1
edited November 2016 in Mazda
Hey guys, I was givin a set of new 225/50r17 winter tires. My current tires are 205/50r17. I was hoping that changing them out for the slightly bigger size wouldn't be an issue. I have been looking online and called a couple different tires shops but keep getting different answers. The last place I called the guy said that the tires would rub when I turned corners. What do you think?? Thanks

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    It's borderline, just over the 3% maximum difference recommended. It is possible that they might rub, but also possible they won't, since the difference in diamater is only .8 of one inch. The only sure way to resolve this is to mount one on the front and check clearance. If that's ok, you can mount 4 but you won't really know until you go over a few bumps. Also your speedometer will be slightly off, slowing 2 mph slower than you are actually traveling.

    I can see why you are being told to be cautious, as variations over 3% can also cause ABS issues.

    At worst you'll risk the tire changing charge (perhaps twice) to experiment with this. No sure bet.

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 142,488
    fruster1 said:

    Hey guys, I was givin a set of new 225/50r17 winter tires. My current tires are 205/50r17. I was hoping that changing them out for the slightly bigger size wouldn't be an issue. I have been looking online and called a couple different tires shops but keep getting different answers. The last place I called the guy said that the tires would rub when I turned corners. What do you think?? Thanks

    I wouldn't put them on. They aren't just wider, but also taller (larger in diameter).

    Frankly, they don't fit your vehicle.

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  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 5,222
    Agree with the others, besides going wider on snows isn't a good idea anyway.
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