Tires marked 255/85R16 converted to an inch reference have the dimensions Height – Width – Wheel Diameter respectively 33.1″ – 10″ – 16″. With a wheel circumference of 103.8″, respectively, corresponds to 610 revolutions per mile.
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What does 255/85R16 mean?
The many symbols on car tires are not just for show. They provide helpful information to drivers so they can easily choose the right type of tire, size, and brand that best fits their vehicle needs. So when you see a number and letter on a tire, it means:
1. The initials of the vehicle classification that can be used with this tire:
- “P” – Passenger.
- “LT” – Light Truck.
- “T” – Temporary Tire.
- “ST” – a Special Trailer tire (Intended to be used only on cars, boats, and utility trailers).
2. “255” is the width of the tire in millimeters, measured from sidewall to sidewall.
3. “85” is sidewall height, as a percentage of the width. In this example, the sidewall is 85% as tall as it is wide.
4. “R” stands for radial construction.
5. “16” is the diameter of the wheel in inches.
Replace or Choose a Different-Sized Wheel and Tire
There are quite a few reasons why you might change your tire size. Some of the main reasons are to look more fashionable, to optimize fuel economy, to reduce vehicle load, or to increase flexibility.
If you’re looking to replace your current tires with a different size, it’s important to know a few things about sizing before you make your purchase.
Depending on the purpose of use, you can freely choose tires of different heights or widths. However, there is one thing that you should definitely remember, do not change the overall diameter of the tire too much.
Overall diameter cannot be changed by more than 3% of the car’s original overall tire diameter in an upgrade that is considered safe.
|Overall Diameter||Tire Width||Wheel Size||% Difference|
|225/75R16||29.3″||8.9″||16 x 6-7.5″||-2.7%|
|245/70R16||29.5″||16 x 6.5-8″||-2.0%|
|235/75R16||29.9″||9.3″||16 x 6-8″||-0.7%|
|215/85R16||30.4″||8.5″||16 x 5.5-7″||+1.0%|
|245/75R16||30.5″||9.6″||16 x 6.5-8″||+1.3%|
|265/70R16||30.6″||10.4″||16 x 7-9″||+1.7%|
|285/65R16||30.6″||11.2″||16 x 8-10″||+1.7%|
|235/80R16||30.8″||9.3″||16 x 6-8″||+2.3%|
What size is 255/85R16 in inches?
- Tire width: 10″
- Sidewall height: 7″
- Wheel size: 16 x 6.5-8.5″
- Tire Diameter: 30.1″
- Tire circumference: 94.4″
- Revs/Mile: 671
FAQ About 255/85R16 Tire
Which rims will fit 255/85R16 tires?
255/85R16 tires should be mounted on rims that measure 16 x 6.5-8.5″. But the measured rim for 255/85R16 tires is 7.5″.
How many inches tall is a 255/85R16 tire?
The height of a tire depends on the width and sidewall height of the tire. A 255/85R16 tire is about 30.1″ inches tall.
What is the width of a 255/85R16 tire?
The width of the tire when in the metric system is 255mm. After converting the total width of the tire is 10“.
Now that you know how to read 255/85R16 tire size information, you can be sure to select the right tires for your car the next time you need a new set.
You can also use this knowledge to better understand what your mechanic or tire professional is talking about when they recommend a certain type or size of tire for your vehicle.