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Help with Tire Sizing

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Help with Tire Sizing

Sorry it is another tire sizing question but I have searched online and compared tire sizes on different sites and hope someone can confirm my findings.

Car: 2011 Nissan Altima S Sedan
Standard tire specs: 215/60R16

A family member has a set of low mileage 225/45/R17 winter tires they are not using and they are already on rims. It was used on a BMW sedan before.

Is it possible to install this r17 set on the Altima without any safety issue?

On one of the sites I used (can't remember which one but I found link in another thread), it says the diameter of the r17 set has a ~5% differential; is this a warning that the tires should not be used? Also, I think the bolt specs of the rims may not work for Altima?

I have very basic knowledge of car mechanical stuff so any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
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You can take off the tires and use them but BMW bolt pattern 5x112 not compatible with Nissan 5x114.3 so you can't use the wheels.
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The 17" size for your car is 215/55R17. These BMW tires are 5% smaller, that's too much of a difference. You should aim for ±3%. ±1% is even better. You'll notice that the 3 factory sizes are no more than 0.4% different.

Not to mention that he BMW wheels will not fit at all.

Overall, this isn't gonna work.
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@lekkel no problem!

I guess one other detail to help you under stand why the BMW wheels won't fit is the wheel specs you alluded to. It's called pitch circle diameter (PCD) and it's the spacing between the bolt holes.

Nissan has a PCD of 114.3 mm
BMW has a PCD of 120 mm

The wheel must match the vehicle's PCD, otherwise you cannot bolt the wheel on. There are some other details to consider when evaluating wheel options, but that is the main one you should be aware of right now.
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lekkel wrote: Sorry it is another tire sizing question but I have searched online and compared tire sizes on different sites and hope someone can confirm my findings.

Car: 2011 Nissan Altima S Sedan
Standard tire specs: 215/60R16

A family member has a set of low mileage 225/45/R17 winter tires they are not using and they are already on rims. It was used on a BMW sedan before.

Is it possible to install this r17 set on the Altima without any safety issue?

On one of the sites I used (can't remember which one but I found link in another thread), it says the diameter of the r17 set has a ~5% differential; is this a warning that the tires should not be used? Also, I think the bolt specs of the rims may not work for Altima?

I have very basic knowledge of car mechanical stuff so any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
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