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hey, im putting on my new summer wheels soon, havent had them on yet...

there the new e46 m3 wheels n tires, wanted to know if my speedometer is going to be different.... like show flase mph etc...

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Not if you keep the tire ratio the same. If you use bigger wheels you need the correctly downsized smaller tires.

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With bigger diameter wheels, the speedometer indicates a couple of miles too few (you drive faster than you think)... Smaller wheels do exact the reverse.

Let me show a number work:

Situation 1

tires: 205/55/16 (205 mm/ 55% of 205/ 16 inch) The height of the 'rubber' is:
205/25.4=8.0709 inch --> 0.55 x 8.0709 x 2 (twice height of tire edge) = 8.8780 inch.
The totall height of wheel is 8.8780 + 16 = 24.8780 (inch)

Situation 2

tires: 245/40/18 (245 mm/ 40% of 245/ 18 inch) The height of the 'rubber' is:
245/25.4=9.6457 inch --> 0.40 x 9.6457 x 2 (twice height of tire edge) = 7.7165 inch.
The totall height of wheel is 7.7165 + 18 = 25.7165 (inch)

In 'situation 2' the height is 'situation 1' + 3.37% (%= 25.7165 / 24.8780 = 1.0337)

You know now that if the wheel turns around once in 1 second, you make more distance (+ 3.37%) The speedometer shows e.g. 50 miles/h, but actually you drive faster: 50 + 3.37% = 51.685 miles/h.

When the total height (in new situation) of the wheel becomes smaller, the actually speed is less miles/h then shown on the speedo.......

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THank you Very Much! i completely understand now, that was a awsome description by the way!

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