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Old 09-10-2013, 03:14 PM
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Stock tire size

I am going to ask, and I know I will gret the ol' 'go search, you lazy bum' vibe, and I did search, but nobody has stock tire sizes anymore. I was looking for some cheap and fast, because I am going to save up and get some 18's, but for now, what else is acceptable on the 16 basketweaves?

I saw some 205 65 16's for cheap on CL, but I don't know if they will fit, what they will look like or if anyone has some experience with them...Tire calculator says 2.3% too fast, but will it look dumb, and is the width off?

Anyone?....
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:02 AM
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Are you sure you're looking for the correct tire size?

BMW put a chart on your driver's door jamb...and the chart is also in the owners manual...check there for the recommended tire size.

Once you know the correct tire size you need/want...then check any credible tire vendor...and since you're on this forum...it means that you have access to the internet...thus access to the world.

I find it hard to believe that www.tirerack.com or www.discounttire.com don't have tires that will fit your e38. And that doesn't even include the local tire vendors in St Paul...have you called them to see what they have. Even if they don't have any in stock...they can usually order them and have them delivered within 5 days or less.

And yes...here it comes...perhaps you should try just a little harder...because I don't believe that its that difficult to find what you're looking for. I just typed the recommended 16" tire size in a google search box (again, this info is on your car's door jamb) and came back with 13,800,000 results.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:38 AM
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let's try this again

Sorry. I am asking what alternative tire sized will fit on an e38. Stock size is 230 60 16 and I have trouble finding them USED on Craigslist.

I can find 225 60 16,(1/2 inch too short) and various others, but I was asking for other owner's experience as to what else will work. I am interested in finding a tire cheaply that will work in a 'good enough' sense. I can't afford new ones.

I don't know if width is an issue.

So, to restate my question are there more common tire sizes that will fit an e38, because the stock size seems uncommon.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:44 AM
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For instance...

I found some almost new 255 55 16's on craigslist, and I don't know if they are too wide. that would make them about an inch too wide, but the height is only 1/10 inch off. Will they work?
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:38 AM
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I found some almost new 255 55 16's on craigslis
That size tire is for the 5 series and e32 7 series. Their rolling diameter is WAY to small for the e38...it's probably over 5% difference in rolling diameter and will throw off you ABS/ASC/DSC calculations...and odometer/speedometer.

Stay with a rolling diameter within 3% (+/-) the recommended 235/60/16 tires you can use them...plus you have to take into account the WIDTH of the wheel you have.

If you have the standard 8"x16" Style 5 wheel ... then you must use a tire that can fit at least an 8" wide wheel.

I run 225/65/16 winter tires on Style 5s with no problem. But that tire is rated for an 8" width wheel...and I prefer a taller/thinner tire for driving in snow. Plus that size is within the 3% margin of the original 235/60/16 tire.

You can use a tire size calculator (just google "tire size calculator")...it will give you the specs to let you know how wide a wheel the tire will fit as well as let you know if the rolling diameter/circumference is within the 3% range

Get a tire that's within the 3% (+/-) range...and a tire that will fit the width of the wheel you have.

Good luck.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:16 PM
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230? I thought that should be 235. Can't imagine they are that hard to find.. Don't you guys have second hand tyre dealers? Wrecking yards? e-bay?
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:38 PM
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235, not 230. My bad.

sorry, again, it is 235, and they seem to be less common over here than other sizes.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:41 AM
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I thought I would post here and answer my own question, because I think it will help someone someday. I found a set 0f 255 55 16 tires on CL for 200$ and I wasn't sure if they would fit my stock basketweaves. Well they fit, don't rub and In my opinion look better than stock. The tires do look a little more substantial in stock. And based on the tire calculator, the 255's are only .1 inches taller. I think generally these tires are built for small trucks but I read online people who had put this size on Chrysler 300's so they worked very well.

I did research online on many sites to find the largest tire (255 55 16) that would fit the 16" basketweaves, I really couldn't find anything except one obscure site that said these would work and they did very well, so just puttin' the information out there in case it helps anyone.
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