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Rim Sizes By Year For Es300

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I have a 1998 ES300 with snow tires. Since I plan to upgrade to a newer model, I am hoping that I can continue to use my snow tires, if I can find a model with the same wheel size.

Am I dreaming or is this possible.

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What size are your snow tires and are they on stock rims or aftermarket?

If they are on stock, then you should be able to.

The bolt pattern on the 98 ES I think is the same as newer models. (5x114.5)

The OEM tires/wheels are the following:

1998: 205/65-15, 205/60-16 (will fit)

2002-2004: 215/60-16

2005-2006: 215/60-16, 215/55-17

2007-2009: 215/55-17

If your snows are on 15" rims they may appear small in the wheel well.

You will also want to make sure that the difference in the speedometer is less than 2% given the OEM size and your size wheel.

Here is a link to a useful wheel size calculator. Plug the OEM size in as reference 1 and your snows in as reference 2. Don't worry about the rim offset and width...just uncheck that box.

Wheel size calculator

steviej

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What size are your snow tires and are they on stock rims or aftermarket?

If they are on stock, then you should be able to.

The bolt pattern on the 98 ES I think is the same as newer models. (5x114.5)

The OEM tires/wheels are the following:

1998: 205/65-15, 205/60-16 (will fit)

2002-2004: 215/60-16

2005-2006: 215/60-16, 215/55-17

2007-2009: 215/55-17

If your snows are on 15" rims they may appear small in the wheel well.

You will also want to make sure that the difference in the speedometer is less than 2% given the OEM size and your size wheel.

Here is a link to a useful wheel size calculator. Plug the OEM size in as reference 1 and your snows in as reference 2. Don't worry about the rim offset and width...just uncheck that box.

Wheel size calculator

steviej

hi steviej,

If one was to use 15" rims for winter wheels, based on the OEM tire/wheel sizes from above on the newer models, wouldn't a 205/70/15 tire be more appropriate and closer to the OEM circumferance than the 205/65/15 stated?

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hi steviej,

If one was to use 15" rims for winter wheels, based on the OEM tire/wheel sizes from above on the newer models, wouldn't a 205/70/15 tire be more appropriate and closer to the OEM circumferance than the 205/65/15 stated?

I stated 205/65-15 is the OEM tire size of the 98 ES. I did not state that this is the size he should use for a snow tire size if he was going to put them on a newer model ES. I have no idea what tire size his snow tires are (see the first line of my post).

All that aside, you are correct. If one were to buy new snow tires and mount them on 15 rims and then mount that set on a newer model (2002-2009) ES then the better choice of tire size would be the 205/70-15 tire. Hence the reason why I posted a link to a very nice wheel / tire size calculator.

steviej

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