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What happens if I put 16" diameter wheels/tires on

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16" refers to the dia of the rim and tire at the point where they meet, which is called the bead. 16" rim needs 16" rubber. when you exchange a 17" rim for a 16" rim you may find a clearance issue with the braking or steering components. Also when switching from the original rims it is important to take into consideration the wheels' offset. Offset is the distance from the wheels' center of gravity to the mounting surface of the rim. This can also cause clearance issues.

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Depending on the bolt pattern you can do it. You will burn more gas and your speedometer will be off (It will show faster than you are going). The brakes need to clear the rims too.

What you need to measure is the circumference of the 17" tire versus the circumference of the 16" tire. There are some tire exchanges which can help equalize the difference. Go to and they have an online calculator which will show how much the speedometer will be off.

You will make gains in going from a "60" series to anything above, like 65, 70, 75, 80. You also make gains going wider, like from 225 to 235, 245, 255, and so on.

But you are limited in width of your tire by the width of your rim and the clearance you have when the tire is next to the frame in turns. You must also be aware of the load each tire can carry. Say a 16" tire may carry 1250 lbs and a 17" would carry 1400lbs. Check the site, you'll see.

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Hi, this will lower the centre of gravity of your Jeep, this will in turn make your Jeep handle better on the road, this will also affect your Speedo and mileage slightly. The Speedo will be reading a slightly faster speed and add about 5m to every 1000m actually travelled.

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