What does 145-80R12 mean?

Tire sizes are easy to understand once you learn how to read them.  On this page you'll find a color-coded explanation of the 145-80R12 tire code.

145

This number indicates that your tire has a width of 145 millimeters.

80

This number means that your tire has an aspect ratio of 80%.  In other words, your tire's sidewall height (from the edge of the rim to the tire's tread) is 80% of the width.  In this case, the sidewall height works out to be 116 millimeters.

R

This letter denotes how your tire was constructed.  Radial is the standard construction method for about 99% of all tires sold today.

RRadial
BBias Belt
DDiagonal
12

The tire size was designed to fit rims or wheels that are 12 inches in diameter.