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Old 01-17-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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Question Will 215 45 17 Stretch on a Style 89 8" Rim?

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My E46 318CI coupe (118HP) had 225 50 16 (style 43) as factory original.

I bought Style 89 (8 inch width) wheels and use 225 45 17 tires.

Now Im thinking to buy 215 45 17 wheels as this size will be better for my e46 with tiny m43 engine. I believe that ravs and fuel economy in city driving will be a bit better.

Could you please post a close photo of your wheel if you 8 inches wide wheel has 215 45 17, so I will have an idea.

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Old 01-17-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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Your talking about 10mm.
1 inch = 25.3mm
So your talking about 3/8 of an inch.
OK really not an issue.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:44 PM   #3
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Honestly i dont think going from 225-215 is going to make a difference in performance, if you are buying replacing worn tires, and there is a huge difference between 225 and 215 in price then i would opt for the 215. If not just get the tires rated for the wheel
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:46 PM   #4
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Honestly i dont think going from 225-215 is going to make a difference in performance, if you are buying replacing worn tires, and there is a huge difference between 225 and 215 in price then i would opt for the 215. If not just get the tires rated for the wheel
I agree. Let the dollars do the deciding. If you are not going to save money on the tire purchase, then just get the 225/45 and drive happy. You are not going to pick up any performance to speak of, and certainly not enough performance to bother writing home about -- the ink from your pen will cost more than the savings gained by performance.
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. But for an crappy tiny 118HP M43 engine 225 is lots of meat comparing to 215. 215 and 225 Prices are same here.

I wonder whether the tire will stretch and will look narrower than the wheel (Which I hate to see a wheel/tire like that).

I also would like to see a close photo shot of a 215 45 17 tire on a 8 inch rim on a car.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:23 AM   #6
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http://www.tyrestretch.com/
Looks normal to me. But keep in mind that the brand of tire will affect the look also. Tires that have a lip guard will have more of a stretched look to it.

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Old 01-18-2015, 01:52 AM   #7
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I'd give great consideration to a 215/40-17 for several reasons.

Please let us know what transmission you have & what diff ratio you have.



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Old 01-18-2015, 02:16 AM   #8
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http://www.tyrestretch.com/
Looks normal to me. But keep in mind that the brand of tire will affect the look also. Tires that have a lip guard will have more of a stretched look to it.
Thank you for the link! 215 looks stretched on a 8 inch rim.
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