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The Tire Rack...Your online performance source for wheels.

How to choose the right tire

Here are some simple formulas to help you decide which tire size to use.

Here are the formulas with some examples:

1.Section width: To convert from millimeters to inches, multiply the given mm by .03937, For example the stock section width of a WS6 tire is 225 mm's So 225x.03937=8.86 inches. The section width is the widest point of the tire, not patch.

2. Section height: First you need to find sidewall height. This is done by dividing the section width by 25.4: 225/25.4=8.858 inches.

Then multiply the overall sidewall height by the aspect ratio: 8.858x.70=6.2 inches.

Then to get overall size multiply the sidewall height by 2 (top and bottom) and add rim diameter: 6.2x2+15"= 27.4 inches.

So let's plug in some others.

255/60x15:

255/25.4=10.04 inches.

10.04x.60=6.02 inches

6.02x2+15=27.04 inches overall tire height.

245/60/15

245/25.4=9.65

9.65x.60=5.79

5.79x2+15=26.58 inches

235/60x15

235/25.4=9.3

9.3x.6=5.6

5.6x2+15=26.2 inches

Here is the 235/60 15 on my T/A

Here is the 255/60 15 on my T/A

1998-2010

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