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I tried searching up the smallest wheel size for 4.4 but have been unable to do so. I really like the look of a rugged vehicle and was looking at 15" Method MR502 wheels, but I'm worried that they won't clear the brake calipers. Has anyone tried putting 15" wheels on the Rav4 before? I plan on getting 15" wheels and wrapping them with 235/75/15 winter tires.

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My guess is a 15" rim won't likely clear the brake caliper / and besides, you will incur more negative characteristics.
a) higher sidewall in a "P" rated tire, will offer more road flex, reduced handling & increased tire wear
b) increasing the overall diameter comparing my Gen3 Limited v6 tires size by 0.4" on diameter
- equals reduced mud flap & wheel well flare gap by 0.2" / in Northern climates, ice & slush will build up little more
- here in S/W ON, I like to maintain exact tire diameters
I'm very happy with these OEM alloy rims:
https://www.rav4world.com/forums/97-4...ed-offset.html

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Specification Sidewall Radius Diameter Circumference Revs/Mile Difference
235/75-15 6.9in 14.4in 28.9in 90.7in 698 0.0%
225/65-17 5.8in 14.3in 28.5in 89.6in 707 -1.3%
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My guess is a 15" rim won't likely clear the brake caliper / and besides, you will incur more negative characteristics.
a) higher sidewall in a "P" rated tire, will offer more road flex, reduced handling & increased tire wear
b) increasing the overall diameter comparing my Gen3 Limited v6 tires size by 0.4" on diameter
- equals reduced mud flap & wheel well flare gap by 0.2" / in Northern climates, ice & slush will build up little more
- here in S/W ON, I like to maintain exact tire diameters
I'm very happy with these OEM alloy rims:
https://www.rav4world.com/forums/97-4...ed-offset.html

Tire Size Comparison
Specification Sidewall Radius Diameter Circumference Revs/Mile Difference
235/75-15 6.9in 14.4in 28.9in 90.7in 698 0.0%
225/65-17 5.8in 14.3in 28.5in 89.6in 707 -1.3%
I figured I should probably stick to 16" if I wanted a smaller wheel setup. You do raise a valid point with the reduced handling and increased tire wear though. I'm in Vancouver and I plan to add some mud flaps in the future, so reduced OEM mud guards aren't too big of a concern to me.
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This is my 16 xle with 225/70-16s. I highly doubt a 15 would clear the calipers based on how close mine are.


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I had a chance to try 15 steel wheels on my 12 base (small front brakes) and they fit HOWEVER an aluminum 15 would not due to a smaller inner diameter. Glad to see Rav4system3 has 16 aluminum on (looks great by the way!) Also, its very hard to find an appropriate tire in a 15 size that wont horribly affect your speedometer and odometer, if thats a factor for you.


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This is my 16 xle with 225/70-16s. I highly doubt a 15 would clear the calipers based on how close mine are.


Have you experienced significant improvement in ride smoothness OR significant reduction in road noise?
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Have you experienced significant improvement in ride smoothness OR significant reduction in road noise?
I have the tires aired up to about 38 psi so they ride about like the stock 17s. Also I have more aggressive tread than stock so road noise isn't any better. I just put them on because I sold the car they were on.
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@Rav4system3 , do you by any chance know the inner diameter of the 16" wheels you have? Thanks!
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Why such a push for having 16" wheels? I have the 17" wheels and bought 17" alloy wheels for winter also. They look great and still have that rugged look.



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@Rav4system3 , do you by any chance know the inner diameter of the 16" wheels you have? Thanks!
No I don't.
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