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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-12-2012, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tire time!

Actually, it's been time for tires for about the last three months, but tough are times and it's hard to fork out a significant amount of money on anything lately so I've had to save pennies and I finally have enough to buy shoes for my ol' girl.

As always, price is a factor as well as tread wear, mileage, and noise when it comes to getting my new tires. Thankfully it's April, and one of the best times to buy tires is NOW.

The original tire size is 195/65r14, but if I go up to 195/70's I have a larger selection and it's a little cheaper per tire. I know it's not a huge jump in size, but will it be worth it?

Also, I found a set of 4 Falken Sincera SN-828's for $260 including shipping, the price is only good for the next 4 days. Has anyone ever had any experience with these tires? I do have a 70+ mile commute 5 days a week and the tread wear on these guys is 500, but I'm not the type to drive it like I stole it or anything. I've found mixed reviews on these tires, but most are on the good side. I'm going to be doing the mounting/balancing myself (thank you, Parris Island hobby shop!) and I'll take her out in town to get an alignment. I only have so much to spend on my tires, and these are a good deal so I'll get a little cash to put aside for other things that I need to do - such as replacing the lower intake gasket on my Blazer.

Any input will be appreciated! Thanks guys!
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As Brett says... PLUS, going UP in tyre size without changing the rims will throw-out your speedo ! You will be travelling faster than it shows !!
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Well, maybe it'll balance it out. The speedo is about 5mph slow right now, so I have to go 5mph over the speed limit in order to be doing the speed limit (and that's with the correct tire size on the car right now!)

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How do you know that it's 5 mph off?
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I have a friend who is on the sheriff's department and I asked him to clock me because I had a feeling the speedo was off. At the time it was 10mph off, but then I changed the batteries in the PC board inside the dash I still had a feeling it was off so I had him clock me again. Now it's 5mph. When I put tires on it I'm gonna go through the same thing to see if it changes.
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Interesting. I've heard that some manufacturers made the speedo 2mph faster then the speed you were actually traveling, but that was just a rumor.

Theirs a sensor in your Diff that controls your speedo.
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