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17" tires on 16" rims

edited November -1 in Repair and Maintenance
I have a 2001 330i BMW (by the way, it's for SALE...wanna buy it? See the ad on cars.com). A few years ago, I purchased 17" Blizzak snow tires and rims for this vehicle. They work great!



I recently purchased a 2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid, which has 16" wheels. I went to my local tire store, and asked them if I could put my 17" Blizzak snow tires on my Nissan. They said I need to buy new Rims, since the lug nut patterns are different between the Nissan and the BMW, but they said I could put the 17" Blizzak snow tires on new 16" Nissan rims.



This just seems wrong....how can a bigger tire fit on a smaller rim? I feel like I could be riding down the highway, and my wheels will suddenly fly off my car!



So.....are my local tire guys pulling my leg, or can I really put these Blizzaks on new smaller rims AND USE THEM?



Thanks so much for your infinite wisdom,



Joan Cyr

Originally from Cambridge, MA (OUR FAIR CITY)
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