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Will my new tires rub if I go from 195/65-15 to 205/45-17?

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From what I typed into tire-calc.com my new tires will actually be smaller in diameter then my old ones, even though a 2 inch bigger rim is being added. Is it possible the townfair tire suggested the wrong tires?
 

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Should fit. I'd suggest 215/45/R17 even. It's a common size on Kias and Hyundais.

For example, on the door of the my 2003 Tiburon it was listed that these tire sizes would fit:
215/45/R17
205/55/R16
195/65/R15
I'm worried about going over bumps or potholes and the tire bouncing into the fender or something like that can damage the car.
 

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The overall diameter with 215/45/R17 is actually even slightly smaller than 195/65/R15 (check this out). The rule of thumb is for each inch bigger you go in wheel size, you need to go down 10 in aspect ratio (aka profile).
 

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From what I typed into tire-calc.com my new tires will actually be smaller in diameter then my old ones, even though a 2 inch bigger rim is being added. Is it possible the townfair tire suggested the wrong tires?
What year? There are 3 different generations of Fortes.

I have 225/45-18 tires on my first Gen with no problem. I would suggest 215/45-17 to be closer to the original size and give you more sidewall.
 

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That’s the 2nd generation. While I still believe my answer is still valid for 2nd gens, I’ll let an actual 2nd gen owner confirm that.
 

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Here comes one with a 2nd generation Forte EX. I am running mine on 225/45-17, because that's closer in diameter than the 205/55-16 of the OEM for the EX model.
Kia 17'' OEM option was 215/45-17.
 

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I am getting this done Wednesday and will post pictures for all of you too see. I went with the 205/45-17 option, they're Hankook New Englander tires (all season) because I want to use them in the winter.
 

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Well, your choice. Hope you will not disappointed, that they don't fill out the wheel arch.
 
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