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Hi everyone, a week or so ago we traded in my wife's '14 Prius V for an '09 Rav 4 base model. Less than 6 months ago we purchased her a set of Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT's for the Prius V: 205/60-16 on a set of 16x6.5 5-114 et45 cb60 steel wheels.

If it matters, the original owner of the '09 Rav paid for the factory upgrade to 225/65/17's.

Can/should I use the 205/60-16's on steel wheels as my Rav's winter tires? If not, they'll go up on craigslist and I'll try to minimize the loss. But, if that size is safe to use then I'll use them for many years to come.

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That tire is 10% too small. You shouldn't have anything that is more than 3% different but the closer the better.

Furthermore, those tires I believe have a load spec of 92, which is dangerously under spec'd. The minimum for the 2009 RAV4 is spec'd at 99 I believe. With that level of under spec you could have a blowout while driving down the highway.

A 99 is rated for 1709 lbs. A 92 is rated for 1389 lbs. Over 4 tires that's a difference of almost 1300 lbs.
 
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not only all that, but since the tires are so much smaller you will rack up more miles since the tires will be rotating more to cover the same distance and your speedo would be way off...
 

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With that all wrapped up I'll ask a follow up:

I plan to buy appropriately sized snow tires and steel wheels to mount them on. If stock was 215/70-16 and the factory upgrade was 225/65-17, is there a preference in terms of snow tire size between the two?
 

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That's 225/65r17. I just put 245/65r17 Goodyear Wrangler Trailmarks on my stock steel rims.
Uh oh... If your stock was 225/65R17 then 245/65R17 is not recommended. Those tires are 3.6% larger in diameter, which is considered too far out of spec. Max allowable variance is 2.5% to 3% depending upon what you read.

The reason is because if the size variance is too high (> 3%), it can cause problems with the braking system on some cars.

Canadian Tire - Wheels Buying Guide

It also means your speedometer will be off by 3.6%.

With that all wrapped up I'll ask a follow up:

I plan to buy appropriately sized snow tires and steel wheels to mount them on. If stock was 215/70-16 and the factory upgrade was 225/65-17, is there a preference in terms of snow tire size between the two?
Some tests suggest that overall, skinnier tires perform better in winter. So that would mean 215/70R16 is preferred. The taller sidewall may also offer increased protection against potholes.

In my case I'm running 215/65R17, which is an appropriate fit size-wise, although technically I shouldn't since the tires I got have a load index of 99. Technically, the minimum LI spec on my 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is 100. But then again I note the minimum on a 2013 (same generation) is 99. A tire that is 99 means it can support 1709 lbs. For 100 it is 1764 lbs. Strangely enough though my size is a stock size for the Sienna, which is much heavier than the RAV4, and the minimum LI for the Sienna was 99.
 
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