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Old 04-02-2006, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tire size

The stock tire size for my car is 205/60R15. Could I put 2 205/65R15 tires on and leave the other two tires. The reason is I can get a good deal on 2 205/65R15 tires. Thanks
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They would be about 8/10ths of an inch taller, probably not a problem.
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If you are trying to pinch pennies on 15" tires maybe a BMW isn't the right car for you. I'm sorry if I sound like dick but I just hate it when people nickle and dime their car to death trying to cut corners. Also running a tire that is almost an inch taller compaired to 2 other tires on the car could cause issues with the ABS system and if you run these tires on the rear your speedo and odo will not be correct.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I care about my car and even more about myself. I would never do anything unsafe to my car, thats why I asked the forum. If I only cared about saving money I would have gone straight to the tire store and bought the tires. So thanks anyways
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Although I would stagger width, wider in the back I would not stagger height and not because of safety issues... I just like to rotate my tires often and not just front to back. I run 205/65/15's in the winter but all four. If you did choose to buy them any way I do not see a major cause for worry and it would not adversely affect your traction control or abs systems. And just as a side note I would put the tires in the back... give it that hot rod look (joke)

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Although I would stagger width, wider in the back I would not stagger height and not because of safety issues... I just like to rotate my tires often and not just front to back. I run 205/65/15's in the winter but all four. If you did choose to buy them any way I do not see a major cause for worry and it would not adversely affect your traction control or abs systems. And just as a side note I would put the tires in the back... give it that hot rod look (joke)

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Even though the height difference isn't that much anything different than about 1/4" in height will usually trip the ABS light because that wheel or wheels will be turning at a different rate than the other wheels on the car.
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is anybody else but me concerned that this guy is trying to downgrade to 15" tires with no mention of replacement wheels?
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okay fine... FINE... forget the tires... FINE... FINNNNNNNNNNNE safety shmafety... ^^What he said.... forget the tires... the BMW ABS gods have spoken... LOL ABS sucks any way...

considering I'm a family man my wife will not let me buy replacement wheels.... she'd sooner have me buy new beddings... the injustice of it all...

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ABS does not suck. I would like to make that clear. ABS>not ABS.

also, if you stagger anything, you can't rotate tires. That's just a given.
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I think it was quite clear that I was making a joke about the ABS. Yes, true, true... stagger = no rotate REPEAT NO CAN ROTATEM DHEM RUBBER DOGHNUTS.

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that's not true. You can rotate rubber doughnuts all you want, just not the tires.
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is anybody else but me concerned that this guy is trying to downgrade to 15" tires with no mention of replacement wheels?
Some E36's came with 15's.
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15" was the standard on E36's unless you had the sport package. there are boo coo E36's out there with 15' tires. If you can get a deal on 205/65 tires, why not just buy 4 of them?
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yes 15" on standard stockers... but did they come with honey glazed or chocolate frosted?
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