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Old 03-24-2015, 01:56 PM   #11
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So you have a 14" spare and 15" running wheels? How's that work if you get a flat? OK for a short run?

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Old 03-24-2015, 03:40 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
So you have a 14" spare and 15" running wheels? How's that work if you get a flat? OK for a short run?
Glenn, I was going to try that like you say just for long enough to replace the flat, but I, later, found the same D Carlisle tire mounted on one of the standard steel wheels on sale at Fleet Farm. So now all 3 are 15".

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:41 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
I have a 2008 17' with 14" wheels, can I switch up to 15" alloys and tires or is will there be issues with that?
There's more to tire sizing than just the wheel diameter... but if you are talking about common trailer tires there isn't much choice, and if you're talking about standard Escape sizes it's pretty specific:
14 inch: ST205/75R14
15 inch: ST205/75R15
... so the overall diameter is simply one inch bigger, with the same tire width.

Is there at least half an inch spare space around the tires, even when the suspension is fully compressed (about three inches further up into the wheel well than when hanging in the air with no weight on it)? If so, this common 15" size will fit.

Alloy or steel wheel should make no difference to fit - assuming both are the same offset which may be zero - but if one wheel happens to be wider it will make the sidewalls of the tire bulge a bit wider... not likely an issue at all.

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