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Old 03-22-2007, 03:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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difference between 265 and 255 size tires

I just ordered my rims and tires for my 300c awd. I ordered 22'inch rims with a 40mm offset, bolt pattern of 5x115 and a 8.5 width. my question is, when I asked my wheel shop what size tire I needed they said a 255/35/22. I thought I was suppost to get a 265/35/22, but I'm no wheel expert, just wondering what some of you wheel experts think.

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I am not an expert, but 265 is wider than 255.
Here is a link tat will help you understand wheel tier related subject.

Wheel / tire size calculator / comparer - BIGCUSTOMWHEELS
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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255 is a better fit for the 8.5" width rather than the 265.
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I just bought 275/40/20 for my 20*8.5 wheels
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sounds like they ordered you the wrong wheels. +40 offset sounds like wheels for a front wheel drive car. that would explain them giving you 255/35R22 instead of 265/35r22 . the offset for our cars were between 15 an 22 when ordering rims I thought? someone want to help clarify? I, myself, am running 255's on the stock C 18s.
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in metric measurements of tires heres how it goes
Example- 265/35/22
this means- width of tread/sidewall is this percentage of the width of the tread/diameter.

The first number (265) is the measurement (in MM) of the tread width
the second number (35) is the % the sidewall is as compared to the tread.
the third number is obviously the diameter.

so a 265/35/22 would be slightly wider and have a little taller sidewall than a 255/35/22. but if you put too wide of a tire on too thin of a rim, the tires will balloon out and not look or perform too well b/c they will roll when cornering.
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but 255 is a better fit for the 8.5s. but I would check to make sure they ordered you the right rims, sounds like they ordered you the "skinnys" which are used for cars which aren't supposed to be able to fit 22s. I know someone with an 07 altima on 22s which was possible because he bought the skinny 22s.
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Actually MakaveliFaison, he has an AWD car, and from what I've read about those, the 40 offset is the correct one to get. Your numbers were right for the RWD ones though
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o ok, I didn't know that he had an all wheel drive lol. sorry.
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you will be fine with the 255 tire if a 265 would fit but is actually to wide you could almost get a 245 on that rim if the sidewall was tall enough
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