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Old 28 Nov 2019, 01:57 am
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Default Swapping 15" and 16" wheels?

My old PT is dying and I'm shopping for a new one, but the one I've got my eye on has really worn out tires. I figured I'd just take the tires off my old PT, since they're Pirellis and only a year old, but I just found out that the new car has 16" wheels and the old car has 15"ones. What are the odds that I can swap the smaller wheels to the new car for a couple years till I get a full life out of the tires?

Also, if I kinda want to buy new wheels down the road, what options can I get? I'm hearing 17"and 20" might fit? Big wheels sound fun.

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Old 28 Nov 2019, 08:34 am
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It won't be a problem. Up till 2006 17" were an option (except GT) 2007 all PT's got 17".

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Old 28 Nov 2019, 11:58 am
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The wheels will fit but being 1" narrower in diameter the 15" might rotate more in a given distance than the original 16" effecting speedometer reading,
unless your roll out with tire diameter is the same. Easy enough to check.
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Old 28 Nov 2019, 05:58 pm
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Default Re: Swapping 15" and 16" wheels?

If the diameter or "roll out" is the same, the speedo will not be affected. I replaced the 14" wheels and tires on my Ranchero with 17". The speedo reads the same because the tire diameter is the same.
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Old 29 Nov 2019, 10:47 am
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I have 2 PTs. The '02 Limited with 205/55x16 and the '05 Touring with 195/65x15. According to my tire chart, these two tire and wheel combinations turn the same revolutions per mile. So yes, the 16" can work fine without speedometer errors.
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Thanks everybody! You're all awesome.
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