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Want to down size the tires on my 2007 Caliber R/T (from 18" to how small can I go ?)

My 18" Firestonestone tires are worn and need to replace them, but very pricy / Can I put smaller rims and tires on ; such as 15" rims? this is on a 2007 R/T Caliber

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Not without a body kit. If it was designed for 18" i wouldn't use anything except for those otherwise you might see other problems start cropping up in the future. As to the price, try a used tire place most of their tires are in pretty good condition and are a lot less than brand new tires.

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You can downsize to min 15" rims.If you are not mechanically inclined then go no lower then 16" rims.You will have to adjust width/height of sidewall to get back to a size that will not throw off your speed o.Use tire racks tire/rim tools and set your tire size in there 225 55r18 then adjust for 16" rims and slide ruler so that your speed o will match up properly on the graph.This will be the tire you need to use if you want speedo not to be off.you can go one way or the other and have your ECM recalibrated at a dealer if you find a common size.If going to a 15" rim you will have to shave about 1/8" off the outside edge of your calipers in front.Stick on weights have to be 1/4" from the back inside of rim or they will get ripped off by the strut bolting mounts.Your not removing much and it will not affect braking or heat problems as your just smoothing out the manufacturing raised areas that were used to hold caliper while it was being machined.You are only removing no more then 1/8" from the outer edge.Use metal tape and cover caliper then dry fit rim and snug it down to see where your going to shave it.More and likely its going to be the outer middle edge area on the caliper.To the person who said stay with 18", calibers came from factory in 15",17" and 18" rims so he is not going to mess up anything going to a different size rim.Have seen a caliber with 24" rims that had no issues, turning or straight line driving.

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