Discover our extensive range of high-quality rims and centering rings now at to perfectly equip and customize your vehicle!

Available from April: Discover the new RID R06 series – find out more in advance and send your inquiry!

Special conditions for dealers

Please feel free to contact us .

Rim width and tire width: Decisive criteria for the perfect tire selection

Felgenbreite und Reifenbreite: Entscheidende Kriterien für die perfekte Reifenauswahl

Artur Hoffmann |

Selecting the correct tire width in relation to the rims is an essential aspect that influences both driving safety and the handling of a vehicle. The rim width determines which tire widths are compatible, so a correct match is essential for optimal performance and safety. Tires that are too narrow or too wide on a rim can result in suboptimal driving characteristics, including poorer grip or irregular tire wear.

To our shop

There are minimum and maximum tire width recommendations for each rim width, with certain combinations preferred to maximize the vehicle's potential. Manufacturers usually provide tables to help vehicle owners select the appropriate tire size for their rims. A sound understanding of the relationships between rim width, tire width and vehicle type leads to better decision-making when purchasing tires.

Not only the size but also the type of tires can influence the driving experience. For example, wider tires typically provide better road grip, while narrower tires often provide greater fuel efficiency. However, it is important to also adhere to the specifications provided by the vehicle manufacturer, as deviations can lead to questions when registering the vehicle or in the event of an insurance claim. Using a tire calculator can be helpful in determining the correct tire size for a specific vehicle model.

Basics of rims

At the heart of the wheel, the rim plays an essential role in vehicle performance and safety. It is designed as a link between the tire and the vehicle and must withstand high loads.

Definition and function

A rim is a round component of a wheel, typically made of metal, to which the tire is attached. Rims transfer the forces applied by the vehicle evenly to the tires and are crucial for wheel guidance and therefore driving stability.

Material and designs

Rims can be made from various materials such as steel or aluminum (known as aluminum rims ). They vary in shape and design to meet different requirements in terms of weight, stability and aesthetics.

  • Steel rims offer robustness and cost-effectiveness
  • Aluminum rims are lighter and improve driving performance

Marking and dimensions

The dimensions of a rim are stamped on it and provide information about important specifications. This includes:

  • Inch (= rim diameter)
  • Rim size
  • Tire sizes that are compatible with the rim
  • Internal width : The inner width of the rim, which is important for the tire width

Table of markings:

symbol Meaning Example
Customs Rim diameter 16 inches
J Mouth width 7y
ET offset ET50

The internal width and inner diameter largely determine which tire size fits on the rim. When changing tires or rims, the compatibility of these dimensions should always be checked to ensure the safety and performance of the vehicle.

Tires and their specifications

In the world of vehicle tires, specifications play a critical role in safety and performance. It's important to understand the different types of tires and how to read their dimensions and labels to make the right choice.

Tire types and constructions

There are different types of tires that differ in their construction. The two main construction types are bias-ply tires and radial tires . Bias tires, also known as radial tires , have a cross-ply structure that provides flexibility, while radial tires have a belt ply that runs around the tire's inner diameter and provides stability. Nowadays , radial tires are more commonly found in vehicles due to their durability and performance.

Dimensions and markings

The dimensions of a tire are indicated on its sidewall and include the tire width , the height-to-width ratio and the tire inner diameter . These numbers are crucial to ensure a perfect fit with the rim. For example , 185/60 R14 means a tire width of 185 mm, a height-to-width ratio of 60% and an inner tire diameter of 14 inches. To determine the optimal combination of rims and tire sizes , you can use a table that lists the recommended tire widths for different rim widths. You can find such a table here to help you refine your choices.

Interaction between rims and tires

The interaction between rims and tires is crucial for the performance and safety of a vehicle. Rim width and tire width must be carefully coordinated to ensure optimal performance and installation safety.

Compatibility and ETRTO standard

Compatibility between rim and tire is ensured by the ETRTO (European Tire and Rim Technical Organization) standard , which specifies minimum and maximum tire widths for each rim width. Tables provide guidance here by showing, for example, that a rim width of 5 inches dictates a minimum tire width of 155 mm and a maximum tire width. The ideal tire width depends on the rim width and the desired application.

Influence of tire width on driving dynamics

The tire width has a significant influence on the driving dynamics of a vehicle. A wide tire can accommodate a higher load and usually offers more grip, which in turn has a positive effect on traction and cornering stability. However, a wider tire can also increase rolling resistance , which can have a negative impact on fuel consumption.

Assembly and safety instructions

When installing tires on rims, pay careful attention to the manufacturer's instructions. Compliance with the ETRTO standard is paramount not only for fit but also for safety . Incompatible combinations may result in loss of control of the vehicle. Instructions regarding correct assembly and required air pressure should always be followed to avoid accidents and achieve optimal performance.

Important considerations when purchasing rims and tires

When buying rims and tires, safety , comfort and attention to the correct dimensions are essential. These elements not only ensure optimal performance, but also compliance with existing reports and legal regulations.

Selection by vehicle type

For different vehicle types, be it cars, mountain bikes or racing bikes, specific rims and tires are necessary that are tailored to individual requirements. The comfort and safety of the vehicle largely depends on the right choice. It is important that the tire sizes match the respective vehicle types and that an appropriate report is available that confirms their suitability.

Correct sizing and rolling circumference

The rolling circumference of the tires should correspond as closely as possible to the original tires in order to avoid speedometer deviations and vehicle malfunctions. A table of tire sizes and widths can help you find the correct dimensions. Using a tire calculator , you can determine the rolling circumference precisely and ensure that the tires you choose are the best fit for your vehicle .

Price and quality

Price and quality must be balanced to get the best value for the money invested. More expensive tires can be more advantageous in the long term due to better material properties and longer durability. At the same time, it is crucial that quality and safety are not compromised for the sake of price.

Admissibility and regulations

When mounting tires on rims, the permissibility and the associated regulations are crucial. These not only ensure road safety, but also determine what is legally permitted.

Legal requirements and TÜV

The legal requirements for the permissibility of rims and tires are strict. In Germany, any wheel/tire combination that deviates from the vehicle manufacturer's standard must be approved by the TÜV and entered in the vehicle registration document. The TÜV uses the report to check compliance with the permissible tire width and size that is permitted for the rim in question. In addition to the dimensional information such as inch size and tire width, the TÜV also considers the offset and the maximum air pressure to ensure that the installation does not impair driving behavior.

Factors influencing admissibility

A number of factors influence whether a rim/tire combination can be approved . This includes, for example, the agreement of tire and rim dimensions, which are given in inches. For example, a 6-inch wide tire must be mounted on a suitable rim. The adhesion of the tire to the rim and the safety of driving depend largely on the correct combination. Furthermore, the already mentioned offset and the air pressure play an important role in the permissibility of a wheel/tire combination, as they have a direct influence on the steering behavior and the load capacity of the tire.

Driving characteristics and safety

Selecting the correct tire width is crucial to the safety and handling characteristics of a vehicle. It influences grip on the road and driving comfort as well as the load on individual vehicle components.

Grip and driving comfort

The tire width has a direct impact on the vehicle's grip. Wider tires potentially offer improved grip and stability in corners thanks to a larger contact area on the asphalt. This can increase ride comfort and handling characteristics, especially under high-speed conditions . However, it should be noted that wider tires can be more susceptible to aquaplaning in wet conditions as it makes it more difficult to displace water.

Prevention of damage and aquaplaning

Adequate tire width can significantly reduce the risk of damage to tires and rims by ensuring a more even distribution of loads . The correct combination of rim and tire size is crucial to avoid installation problems and potential damage. When it comes to aquaplaning , a narrower tire width offers advantages as it allows the tire to cut through water more effectively and maintain contact with the road.

Care and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance of rims and tires are crucial to driving performance and safety. It includes regular checks and measures that are necessary to identify and repair damage at an early stage.

Air pressure control and effects

Regular air pressure checks are essential, as the correct air pressure is central to the performance and longevity of the tires. Too low air pressure increases rolling resistance and thus fuel consumption; However, too high air pressure can impair comfort and lead to uneven wear. It is recommended to check the air pressure every two weeks.

  • Correct air pressure: maintaining optimal driving characteristics
  • Air pressure too low: increased wear and fuel consumption
  • Too high air pressure: reduced comfort and risk of uneven wear

Inspection and replacement

A regular inspection of the tires and rims helps to detect damage such as cracks, cuts or penetrating objects at an early stage. Not only the tread, but also the side walls and rims should be carefully examined. If there are signs of wear or damage, professional replacement is necessary in order not to endanger safety.

  • Inspection: Visual inspection for damage and intruders
  • Exchange: If there is significant damage or signs of wear

Regular care and maintenance ensure a long service life and contribute to vehicle and road safety.

Troubleshooting and solutions

When choosing the right tire and rim combination, it is crucial to identify problems and find effective solutions to prevent damage and ensure both comfort and safety.

Common problems with the rim and tire combination

Incorrect combinations can cause a variety of damage to the vehicle and impair comfort . For example, a tire that is too wide on a narrow rim can cause the edge of the tire to protrude beyond the rim, resulting in reduced stability and increased wear. Also, an incorrect tire/rim size causes incorrect tire tread wear and increases the risk of a tire blowout.

Optimization and adjustments

There are specific instructions for optimizing the rim-tire combination. An equivalence table makes it possible to find suitable size ratios and make the selection. It is important to respect the rim width and tire dimensions specified by the manufacturer in order to correctly distribute the load on the tires and ensure optimal performance.

Tips for longer lifespan

  • Always use the recommended rim size to ensure appropriate loading and extend tire life.
  • Regular inspections can identify damage early and help avoid costly repairs.
  • Using a tire size calculator can help you choose the right tires and ensure the specifications meet the vehicle's needs.

Our range of rims

Our range of rims is carefully selected to ensure the highest quality and performance. They offer a variety of options to suit different preferences and needs. In particular, we would like to highlight the RID Wheels and Dirt AT Wheels , which are known for their robustness and stylish design.

RID Wheels

  • Style : Modern and sporty
  • Material : High quality alloys
  • Features : Resistant to road damage, optimized for performance

Dirt AT Wheels

  • Style : Classic and robust
  • Material : Durable materials for off-road driving
  • Features : Designed for demanding off-road conditions, offers excellent grip

Both rim variants are available in different sizes and designs to ensure broad compatibility with various vehicle models. Choosing the right type of rim depends on your individual needs and intended use. Whether for everyday use on the road or for adventurous off-road journeys – our rims offer the necessary reliability and aesthetics.

Our range also includes detailed advice to ensure the appropriate tire width for your rims. We offer an extensive rim configurator that allows you to find suitable rim and tire combinations for your vehicle.

For further information and to view our complete range, we invite you to visit our online shop . Here you can choose from over 1,000 aluminum rims and discover the perfect rim for your car.

frequently asked Questions

When changing or selecting new tires, the exact size and fit are crucial for safety and driving comfort. These frequently asked questions cover important basics about the correlation between tires and rim sizes .

Which tires fit 17 inch rims?

Tires intended for 17 inch rims should have a diameter of 17 inches in their size designation. However, there are possible variations in tire width and cross-section, depending on the vehicle type and manufacturer's specifications.

How can the rim width be determined?

The rim width can be measured directly on the rim flange with a caliper. This information is often cast directly into the rim metal or can be found as part of the rim lettering.

Which tires can I fit on 18 inch rims?

Tires that have the corresponding inch size in their designation fit 18 inch rims . The width and profile of the tire depend on the manufacturer's specifications and the vehicle model.

Which tire sizes correspond to a 7 inch rim?

A 7 inch wide rim fits different tire sizes, especially those with a width that is optimally suited to this rim size. Standardized tables and manufacturer instructions support the correct assignment.

Can you use different tire widths on the same rim?

As a rule, tires of different widths can be mounted on a rim as long as they are within the permitted rim widths. It is important to pay attention to the vehicle and tire specifications.

What does 6.5 J mean for rims?

The specification 6.5 J on rims refers to the rim width in inches (here 6.5 inches) and the rim profile , where "J" indicates the shape of the rim flange. These dimensions are crucial for choosing the right tire.