How to Read your Tire:


Tire Section Width:

VW Tire Section Measured in millimeters. Tire section refers to the width of the tire. Measurement is taken from sidewall to sidewall.


Tire Profile (Sidewall Height):

VW Tire Profile Measured in percent. Tire profile refers to the height of the tire.

We can use a 165/80R15 tire to illustrate this.
80% of a 165mm tire = 132mm tire profile height.


Wheel Diameter (Rim Diameter):

VW Rim Diameter Rim Diameter refers to the inside diameter of the wheel. Most stock VW's had 14" or 15" rims depending on the year and model.


Tire Construction:

"R" Designates radial tire construction.


Please Note: There could be several factors that cause a tire to rub the inside fender well. The wheel could have the wrong offset, too big a tire, or tire being too low. Even fenders and ride height could cause tire rub. Thees are all factors to consider before purchasing tires.


VW Tire Sizes:


165/80R15 Tire

The 165/80R15 is the modern day replacement for the factory size 165SR15 tire. For most all Beetles, Ghias and Type 3s this is the stock replacement tire. The 16580R15 tire will fit the stock VW 15x4.5" wheel. It will also fit all of our aftermarket 15" wheels in widths from 4" to 6.5".

** This tire is closest to stock VW tire size. Considered most "standard fit" tire.


P/N# 165/80/R15


145SR15 Tire

The is a lower profile tire than stock. It is both smaller in diameter (it is shorter) and width (it is narrower) than stock. If you are lowering the front of your vehicle you will most commonly need a smaller than stock tire. This is a necessity if you are installing drop spindles on your Beetle or Ghia. Stock tires will not clear if you are using drop spindles! The 145SR15 tire will fit the stock VW 15x4.5" wheel. It will also fit all of our aftermarket 15" wheels in widths from 4" to 5.5". Due to the very narrow tread width we recommend only using the 145SR15 tire on the front of your car.


P/N# 145SR15


135SR15 Tire

The is a lower profile tire than stock. It is both smaller in diameter (it is shorter) and width (it is narrower) than stock. It is smaller still than a 145SR15 tire as well. If you are lowering the front of your vehicle you will most commonly need a smaller than stock tire. This is a necessity if you are installing drop spindles on your Beetle or Ghia. Stock tires will not clear if you are using drop spindles! The 135SR15 tire will fit the stock VW 15x4.5" wheel. It will also fit all of our aftermarket 15" wheels in widths from 4" to 5.5". Due to the very narrow tread width we recommend only using the 135SR15 tire on the front of your car.


P/N# 135SR15


165/45R15 Tire

The is a lower profile tire than stock. It is both smaller in diameter (it is shorter) and width (it is narrower) than stock. It is smaller still than a 145SR15 tire as well. If you are lowering the front of your vehicle you will most commonly need a smaller than stock tire. This is a necessity if you are installing drop spindles on your Beetle or Ghia. Stock tires will not clear if you are using drop spindles! The 135SR15 tire will fit the stock VW 15x4.5" wheel. It will also fit all of our aftermarket 15" wheels in widths from 4" to 5.5". Due to the very narrow tread width we recommend only using the 135SR15 tire on the front of your car.

P/N# 165/45R15 ** Recommended for lowered cars only. Will leave gap between fender and tire if used on stock height VW.