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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 11-10-2006, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got tires for my e30 325es . i was wondering which would be the best setup for it the tires are 2x 205/70/14R and 2x 205/60/14R???used: im assuming the 70's on the rear and the 60's on the front (i have 3 195 and 1 185 so it is an improvment)
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The numbers in the tire size refer to its width, aspect ratio, and wheel diameter. "205/70R14" means the tire is 205 mm wide, has an aspect ratio (that is, the height divided by the width) of 70%, and fits on a 14" rim.

Unless you are changing the rims I would advise keeping them close to factory recommendations, this will keep your speedometer accurate.
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i know but i was just wondering if anyone knows which set up i should use i know what the xxx/xx/xxr means i was just wondering if anyone has experamented with this more then i have
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I have dunlop SP SportA2 205/60 14's and I'm planning on getting Yokohama AVS ES100 205/60 14's
This is the size for me.I wouldnt get 70's
Its hard to find tires I want in this size but i cant afford new rims yet. ie Yokohama Advan A034 and A038R's
Ive loved the Dunlops since ive had em but I prefer Yokohamas
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I got tires for my e30 325es . i was wondering which would be the best setup for it the tires are 2x 205/70/14R and 2x 205/60/14R???used: im assuming the 70's on the rear and the 60's on the front (i have 3 195 and 1 185 so it is an improvment)
I decided to go get 225/70/r14's or 235/70/r14's i'm leaning toward the 235's any insite? all well if there is no responce later todasy or early tomarrow i'm gonna go with the 235's
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The larger (taller) 70 tires will have an adverse effect on your handling and will throw your speedometer off a few mph. Not to mention you'll most likely have rubbing at full turns.

I run 16 X 7.5 4-lug M-contour rims on my car with a set of 215/50 R16 treads, my car can take corners like a jack rabbit.
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We had another long thread on this issue before.

Use the tire calculator from discountire.com then read the specs for the actual brand either there or on tire rack.com or sometimes you have to go to the vendor site to get the exact dimensions and the wheel width limits.
Tire Dimensions Made Simple - Discount Tire Co.

Then refeer to the other thread to see what the max dimensions are that dont rub.
Also your supposed to check the wheel specs to see what the max size that will safely fit, if you exceed the wheel or tire spec some shops wont mount or service them.
I hevent found them for the old BBS 14x6.5 basket weaves yet.
I feel your pain though.
Let me know how it works out.
Now I'm thinking I could go a little wider too maybe 215 55 14
but 235 70 14 sound like a weird tire size.
sounds way too tall
Maybe on my old 67 Mustang or a truck.
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