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Q: Buying new tires, have to get same size?

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Im running 215/65-17 stock wheels and tires on my car. Going to buy new tires this week, my question is, do i have to buy the same width (215) or can i go a bit more wide? If so, whats the most i can widen my range without worrying about the rim being too narrow.

My car has 40000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Regarding wider tires, you should be able to go no more than a 225/55-17, but you should make sure by trying one on the rim first.

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