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Old 10-24-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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My Ride: 04 325i
Same size tires with different diameter?

My wife's 04 325i currently has 225/45-17 Hankook Ventus V4es tires on 17" OEM Sport Wheels (5 spoke "LA"). I recently bought a set of Beyern Mesh wheels and had mounted Conti Extreme Contact DWS (from TireRack, btw), same size as the Hankooks. The Hankooks are still on the car and when I set the Beyern's with the Conti's next to the front and back wheel, these things are like an inch taller. Can this be or will the new tires, under pressure from the weight of the car lower in height?
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:33 AM   #2
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If you simply roll one unmounted tire or tire/wheel next to one that is on the vehicle, yes, they will appear to look different in diameter. The vehicles weight on the tires will cause some deflection for sure.
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