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195/65/15 VS 175/65/15 2013 Fit

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195/65/15 VS 175/65/15 2013 Fit

I'm an ole geezer trying to help out a younger family member who has a 2013 Fit with some winter tires. My question is, if the 2013 Fit came with 175/65/15 tires + I have an almost new set of 195/65/15 snow tires... do you think there would be any tire to body interference or any other issues?
I realize the speedometer would be slightly off. It's my understanding the 195/'s are one inch taller.

Anyway, thanks in advance for your help!
 
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195/65R15 tires

Thanks to "EDM Guy" for first asking if 195/65R15 tires will fit without rubbing. I just bought a 2013 with a manual transmission, and I think the rpms are way too high at interstate speeds. Who has tried this size of tire?
 
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Old 11-13-2017, 05:16 PM
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Usually you want narrower tires for the winter so they cut down through the snow rather than float on top (the FIT isn't very heavy). Also, the speedo will be off a little if you don't put on the OEM size and that's probably off a little anyway.

So, putting on a 195 versus the OEM 175 is going in the wrong direction for winter.

Also, the recommended tire pressures for the OEM 175 (door sticker) won't match what a 195 requires (probably over inflate = poor winter traction).

What's wrong with sticking with 175 in a good all-season and forgetting all of these complicating issues?
 
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Thank you for your reply. I'm aware of the disadvantages of wider tires, and the 195 is .8 inch wider than the 175, which I regard as minor. The speedometer error would not be a concern. Higher clearance underneath would be a benefit. But the real PROBLEM I want to improve is 3600 rpm engine speed on the interstate at 75 mph. (Manual transmission) A taller tire seems to be the simplest way to get higher gearing. The 195 would reduce rpms by 4%. I would consider 70-series or 80-series tires if there are any with very good UTOQ ratings. I am still wanting to hear from a Fit owner who has tried taller tires. What fits a Fit?
 
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OK to all of that but thought we were talking about winter tires.
 
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Hello Spike_bmw, Thanks for your time on replying. Yeah, I understand I'm going in the wrong direction ( wider) with 195's vs 175's. The 195's have about 4K miles on them. I have no use for them other than selling them on Craig's List. The person I'm trying to help out with the 2013 Fit travels about 40 miles a day and doesn't have the money for new tires. I was going to give her these tires, either pay to have them mounted or maybe even buy a set of wheels. I didn't want to go thru the expense of mounting them or even buying winter wheels and find they might rum on cornering or otherwise.
Though, not optimum, I'm thinking on a snow covered highway the 195's would grip better than half worn all seasons.
So, do you think there's enough fender to wheel clearance in a Fit to accommodate the 195's? Thanks again!
 
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I'm running 205/50-16 on 16x7 rims and they don't rub (turning or bumps). There is very little rpm difference (revolutions per mile) to the OEM 185/55-16 (2011 Sport).

Looks like the overall tire diameter is 1" larger on the 195/65-15 vs 175/65-15 (using on-line tire size calculator). That looks minimal to me. You shouldn't have any problems but I can't voucher for their worthiness in the snow.
 
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Thanks spike55_bmw

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I'm running 205/50-16 on 16x7 rims and they don't rub (turning or bumps). There is very little rpm difference (revolutions per mile) to the OEM 185/55-16 (2011 Sport).

Looks like the overall tire diameter is 1" larger on the 195/65-15 vs 175/65-15 (using on-line tire size calculator). That looks minimal to me. You shouldn't have any problems but I can't voucher for their worthiness in the snow.
cool, thanks for your time and knowledge. I'm going to give the 195's a go on her original rims. I'll post how things worked out (if possible) .
Just for a smile and really disclosing my age. I remember my 66 chevelle having F78/14 tires stock. But it was so cool to put a pair of L60/15's on the rear. Who cared about mismatch. It was about how cool it looked!
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I can't say if there will be any rubbing with the tire size you have, however I'm using the standard OEM size 175/65/15 and can confirm there seems to be plenty space left in the wheel well and 1" extra appears to be fine. Now if she loads the car up with 5 people and heavy stuff, there might be some rubbing.

I would recommend that she tries to buy a pair of used 15 inch steel rims from Craigslist or car cemetery, they should be pretty inexpensive.

Otherwise the cost of changing two sets of tires on the original rims twice a year will get very expensive...
 

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I need new tires and was shopping around, then realized the current tires are 195/60 R15! I've had no problems, and have hauled some heavy loads on rough roads.

Now to decide, do I get winter tires or just some all seasons... second set of rims... do I care about tpms?... hmm
 

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Old 12-12-2017, 10:36 PM
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I need new tires and was shopping around, then realized the current tires are 195/60 R15! I've had no problems, and have hauled some heavy loads on rough roads.

Now to decide, do I get winter tires or just some all seasons... second set of rims... do I care about tpms?... hmm
Kind of depends on model yr and if it has VSA which will require the TPMS to be working. If you don't want / need VSA then you don't need TPMS.
 
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I need new tires and was shopping around, then realized the current tires are 195/65 R15! I've had no problems, and have hauled some heavy loads on rough roads.

Now to decide, do I get winter tires or just some all seasons... second set of rims... do I care about tpms?... hmm
Thanks for your input! I too struggled with the cost of new rims, four new TPMS's, mounting n balance, then having to have the TPMS reprogramed each seasonal changeover. I ended up purchasing four 175/65/15 Michelin snows. My tire shop offered a road hazard tire warranty which includes free change overs each season along with dismounting four tires - remount and balance four tires for another 100 bucks, no reprogramming of TPMS necessary. Hopefully this will be money well spent. I guess it'll depend on how many seasons I use this.
Where I live in New Hampshire on rural roads. It's not uncommon during the height of snow storms. Snow might get as deep as the edge of the front license plate. That's when snow's prove their worth over all seasons.
 
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Your other alternative is to buy the "state" car most used on VT / NH, a Subaru. Everyone has one, running or for sale or sitting with weeds around it but it's there.
 
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