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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2017, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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15" wheels to Niro?

Hello,

Sorry if this has been covered already. Couldn't find an absolute answer though.

Can anyone confirm that 15" wheels will clear the front brake calibers?

We have so bad roads up here Finland that I would rather use 195/65R15 instead of original 16".

I went to the dealer but he just read from the brochure that it's not possible.
I said that Ioniq has the basic wheels 15 inchers, but got no answer if the brake caliber/discs are the same.

So...anyone tried to fit 15" on the Niro.

Btw nice forum. I think I'll spend some time here...

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-24-2017, 02:08 PM
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The clearance betwwen the wheels and wheel wells is pretty good, not as much as a big SUV or truck of course, but more than a sedan. I guess that's the clearance youre concerned with when you mention bad roads. Otherwise, I've never heard of anyone going from the smallest wheel to even smaller.
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I would also be interested in an answer to this question.
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Ok...

The 195/65R15 is more quiet on hard tarmac -> less noise in the cabin.
It also has higher profile so it gets bumps, potholes, rocks etc better without getting damage to the rim.
It has overall softer ride over the 205/60R16

It is also about 15% cheaper to buy, especially on studded winter version that we have to use here.
It's a bit larger on the diameter too so that will cut down the fuel costs a little.
Winter tire also has better grip when it's a bit more narrow.

Did this clarify the question at all?
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Great description Huikko! It seems like the perfect tire with how well you say it soaks up bumps and holes, even sold at an affordable price too.

Haven't tried to fit it to the Niro, but you can probably ask the dealerships service department and get and answer about the calipers from them.
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As far as fuel economy the 15" and 195's would be less mass also, right?

I'm hunting for other wheels my self. Even though the hubcaps look ok, I'm no fan and prefer alloys.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-26-2017, 10:50 AM
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Anyone confirm yet?

Not just for comfort and noise, but for winter tires.

Hoping a set of 195/65/15 would do as it's cheaper and would perform much better than a fat set of 16s
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-26-2017, 07:36 PM
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I can't give a definitive answer, but my last car...a Hyundai Tucson....had 16" wheels but my winters were 15" so in that case there was enough clearance. I would like to do the same for my winter tires when the time comes this fall.
I'll be watching to see if we get a 'for sure' answer.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 01:17 PM
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The 16" wheel specs:

16x6.5 +40, 5x114.3(4.5)
The same size as Honda Civic, so thousands of options.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-02-2017, 06:38 PM
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I wouldn't doubt that it would clear the brakes though. The brakes aren't large at all and worst case scenario, add a slight spacer or something?
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