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Old 11-09-2007, 05:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need Help! Will 215-60-16 tires fit in 94 E36 318i?

Hi guys, thanks for the help in advance. I just want to know if anyone tried using 215-60-16 tires on their E36 especially on 318i? I'm buying tires with rims and the tires comes with this size. Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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they may be a little wide for the wheel but they should fit just fine. oem tire size is 205/60-15 according to tirerack.
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They will be a little tall which will throw off the speedo by a few MPH and the ODO will also read slightly incorrect. If you were looking for a wider tire the right size would be a 215/55/16
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you'll be fine... agreed that it will be a bit of a tall tire, but then again im running 235/45/17 in the front on my e36 and dont have a bit of problems...
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Thanks for the help guys. What really worries me is that will the tires hit anything inside after I install it? I thought 215-60-16 will just be a little wider but not taller. As of now I'm using 205-60-15. Is 205 the diameter/height of the tires? and the 60 is the width of the tires? Sorry for the trouble guys I'm not too familiar with these things. I'm going to use these tires for winter - 215-60-16 winter tires? Is it a good idea?
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60 is the height, 205 would be your diameter... you're right on which number is which but you are upsizing the wheel itself and so you have to downsize the sidewall of the tire to equal the same size as stock...
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they may be a little wide for the wheel but they should fit just fine. oem tire size is 205/60-15 according to tirerack.
My 535i runs 225 on a 7 inch wide wheel as the stock size. 215 will be alright
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The first part of the number is the width in mm, the second part is the aspect ratio, this is the ratio of side wall to tread width, the last number is the diameter wheel the tire should be put on. So, the second number in a tire size is not a fixed height as it is a percentage.
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