Switching Tire Sizes on Prius V 5 17" 50 series to 60 series.

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  1. janshien

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    I have a Prius V with the 17" rims and 215 50 tires. I need new tires and want to switch to a 215/60 series tires for the cushier ride and a tiny bump in height. My old Prius had 15" rims and taller tires and had a much more comfortable ride. Would anyone know if I can do this and will the tires fit or rub? Too much expense and effort to get new 15" wheels. I did look around the wheel wells and it looked like plenty of room.
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    Huge difference in diameter, I'd be surprised if they'd fit.

    Maybe add a post here with your location and see if someone would like to swap. But note- the V has a different bolt pattern than the standard Prius. When I sold my 16" V wheels on FB, the guy put them on a Camry. So you might look for Camry wheels, probably a lot of them around.
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    Thank you for the info. Remember that the diameter is split into less than an 1" up and 1" down" from the center so it would be less than an inch higher I believe. Did not know that about the bolt pattern. I may test my 225/65/17 Sienna wheels and tires to see if they fit and what happens for the fun of it, since it appears that no one has tried 60 series tires on the 17" Prius V wheels.
     
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    Those are REALLY big.
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    We can confirm that a 225/65R17 will in fact rub. The largest we have been able to fit with factory height and no rubbing is 27" overall diameter, and even then it was by a hair. So the 215/60R17 MIGHT fit, but it will be a crap shoot. Also be sure to check the manufacturer specs because there is often some variation from manufacturer to manufacturer on actual dimensions. What we have found so far is that 215/70R15 seems to be the sweet spot for "cushy ride" however 215/65R16 seems to give the best balance between cushy ride without excessive sidewall flex/handling. Even if you could fit a 28.5, the excess weight and diameter would kill fuel efficiency, power, and handling. One thing to note is if you stray away from a LRR tire, AND go to a larger diameter, you will undoubtedly see a significant decrease in fuel economy. Some of our Prius V customers running 27" AT tires are seeing up to a 7 mpg decrease in efficiency. Just some food for thought.
     
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