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Old 08-30-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Winter Tire Size 2013 Focus

I have a set of Altima 205/60 16 winters and I want to know if they will fit on my Focus which has 205/55 16 all season tires. If it works I would mount them on steel wheels. The Parts guys will only tell me that nothing other than the 205/55 16 size is recommended and won't say yes or no about whether my winters would work. Does anyone know from real world experience?

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Old 08-31-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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They'll be fine--they're just a hair taller than your all seasons
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Thanks that's what I thought but its good to get it confirmed
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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Tire Size question

Will a 215/65-16 snow tire fit on the 2013 Focus?
I know it is slightly bigger but will fit?

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Will a 215/65-16 snow tire fit on the 2013 Focus?
I know it is slightly bigger but will fit?

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They'll be much taller than the proper size. Your speed will be off by close to 5 mph and the odo will also be off as well. Gearing will be impacted (slower acceleration). The height could easily cause interference with the fender well (liner) under compression loads and possibly with suspension components themselves. A lot will depend on the wheel dimensions as well. A test fit is the only sure way to confirm whether it will work or not. Why not jut buy the proper fitment and not worry about it?

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I already have the 215/65-16 tires.
Additionally, the extra height will help with deep snow.
Your right the big question is will the tires interfer with the inner fender or spring perch.
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It's about a 1 cm height difference. The help in deep snow will be negligible, but it will enlarge the contact patch of the tire and spread the existing car weight out more, which is the opposite of the desired effect of snow tires.

Will it rub the fender a little on bumps? Maybe. Definitely if its lowered. Might rub a little at full lock. So much to cause tire damage? Not really.

Worst problem here is the larger contact patch and that the suspension will have less travel because the tire will more frequently hit the snow that gets packed in the wheel well.

Just know the issues, and you'll be fine. The tire will fit well enough for free tires.
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It's about a 1 cm height difference. The help in deep snow will be negligible, but it will enlarge the contact patch of the tire and spread the existing car weight out more, which is the opposite of the desired effect of snow tires.

Will it rub the fender a little on bumps? Maybe. Definitely if its lowered. Might rub a little at full lock. So much to cause tire damage? Not really.

Worst problem here is the larger contact patch and that the suspension will have less travel because the tire will more frequently hit the snow that gets packed in the wheel well.

Just know the issues, and you'll be fine. The tire will fit well enough for free tires.
Not sure which question you were responding to, the OP's or the follow up one. The OP indicated he had 205/55-16's and questioned whether 205/60-16's would work. The follow up question asked as to whether 215/65-16's would work. The overall diameter of the tires in question are:

215/55-16 (stock tire size) = 25.3"

205/60-16 = 25.7"

205/55-16 = 24.9"

215/65-16 = 27.0"

My opinion is that the comparisons in either case should be made to the stock tire size or 25.3". With that in mind, the OP's question results in a difference of 4/10th's of an inch, which is a generally an acceptable tolerance. The second question in this thread results in difference of 1.7" in diameter which can have some potentially significant impacts.
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Not sure which question you were responding to, the OP's or the follow up one. The OP indicated he had 205/55-16's and questioned whether 205/60-16's would work. The follow up question asked as to whether 215/65-16's would work. The overall diameter of the tires in question are
Oh, sorry about that. Swell first post on my part.

Agree that going that far over the stock tire size is dangerous. Squeezing a quarter to half an inch extra in there isn't the end of the world, but an inch and a half is a terrible idea.
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