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Old 12-09-2004, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a hold of set of 4 185/70/14 all seasons from a friend of mine. My normal tire size is 205/60/15. Anyone know if the 14inch would be okay or should I be religious and buy the absolute right size?
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If they fit over your breaks you could go for it. I'd recomend real winter tires though as long as you'd have a second set of wheels.
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14's on a 15 inch rim????!!!!!! thats odd. get the right size tire for ur rim.
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14's on a 15 inch rim????!!!!!! thats odd. get the right size tire for ur rim.
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yea man, that's odd, 14's on 15's... that's def. a big difference. If they fit, well dam, lucky you. I'd say go to a tire shop and ask them about that, or just call. If anything get the right size. You don't wanna be messing around with important stuff that keep your car on the road
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your talking about putting a 14 inch tire on a 15 inch wheel.. THAT WILL NEVER WORK!!

u can't even put a .5 rim on a wheel!!
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I'll go with the assumption that you have a set of mounted 14" tires on 14" rims/wheels.
One of the important things you have to remember is the rolling circumference of the tires. If they are much smaller than OE your mileage is going to be off, your speedometer speed will show a speed that's actually slower than what you're travelling at, and lastly .... if these are 14" BMW wheels chances are they are 4-bolt compared to a 5-bolt which is required in the E36 series.
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With that swap the car drives in reality 2% slower than you normal drive with the same number on your odo. Your speed is less than normal so you don't have to worry about driving too fast.
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wow. i meant 14 inch tires WITH rims of the same size. anyway, in case anyone else is interested as well ... it does not fit. the calipers get in the way. so i've gone with Nexen Eurowin 600 winter radials on my existing 15 inch original rims.

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