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Old 05-08-2006, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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205/55/15 tyres size

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can somebody tell me why do i have 205/55/15 tyres size?
In the door´s plate and on the manual it says 205/60/15 size.
The car is a 320i built in 1992/June and i´m the fourth owner.
It´s registered to have 205/55/15 sizes not the ones mencioned in the door´s plate and manual. Why?


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Old 05-08-2006, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cause someone put higher profile tires on it, probably because they were cheaper and/or easier to find. The only difference is that the tires are slightly higher (higher profile), and the ride is probably a tiny bit softer.
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+1, its just the thickness
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Should be what it says on the door plate. I don't understand by what you mean 'registered' . As in on your car's registration or pink slip? Your car came factory with 205/60/15. Somewhere along the chain of ownership something was recorded wrong... that's the only explanation I have.
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its just where someone put a higher profile tire on your car... it doesnt mean much just that you have a little more sidewall of rubber that is visable then ussual...
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Should be what it says on the door plate. I don't understand by what you mean 'registered' . As in on your car's registration or pink slip? Your car came factory with 205/60/15. Somewhere along the chain of ownership something was recorded wrong... that's the only explanation I have.
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yes, it´s in car registration since it was sold, back in 1992.
It came factory with 205/55/15, not something done "along the chain of ownership", that´s what i don´t understand.

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wait, wouldnt 205/60 have a higher sidewall than 205/55? i thought the second number is the ratio of the sidewall height compared to the width of the tire in millimeters (205). so as 205/60 would mean a tire that is 205 mm wide, and the sidewall is as tall as 60 percent of the width of the tire, the 205/55's sidewall would be as tall as 55 percent of the 205 mm. i hope this makes sense, its very late and im very tired. thanks
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wait, wouldnt 205/60 have a higher sidewall than 205/55? i thought the second number is the ratio of the sidewall height compared to the width of the tire in millimeters (205). so as 205/60 would mean a tire that is 205 mm wide, and the sidewall is as tall as 60 percent of the width of the tire, the 205/55's sidewall would be as tall as 55 percent of the 205 mm. i hope this makes sense, its very late and im very tired. thanks
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you are right, they have a smaller sidewall and when you look at it it gives a feeling of tiny wheels in proportion to the car.
I was wondering if it could be a sport package? It has a rear aileron.
I have been watching other models and i´ve seen one "318 tds" with this same tyre size.

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I had 225/55/15s on my car, but since that size is so hard to find at a good price, I went with 225/60s. A little more sidewall = fills wheel well better + slightly softer ride + slightly higher speed at same RPMs
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I had 225/55/15s on my car, but since that size is so hard to find at a good price, I went with 225/60s. A little more sidewall = fills wheel well better + slightly softer ride + slightly higher speed at same RPMs
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the problem is that if i change with ones of 60 size then i will risk a traffic ticket.

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^^ WOW that strict? I'm running 35inch by 13.5" wide tires on my Jeep an I get no heat up here. Is there anyway for you to change the size designation on your registration. And what happens if you want to put 17s or 18s on your car?
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the problem is that if i change with ones of 60 size then i will risk a traffic ticket.

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Where do you live? And why would anyone care what size tires you run on your own car? Damndest thing I've heard today. Do they actually stop you and check the numbers on the tires?
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Where do you live? And why would anyone care what size tires you run on your own car? Damndest thing I've heard today. Do they actually stop you and check the numbers on the tires?
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i live in Portugal and yes they check those numbers.
Also, once a year, all cars five years old are inspected to see if they don´t have any problems.

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^^ WOW that strict? I'm running 35inch by 13.5" wide tires on my Jeep an I get no heat up here. Is there anyway for you to change the size designation on your registration. And what happens if you want to put 17s or 18s on your car?
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of course there but i´ll pay hard for it.

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