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Tire Size Calculator
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Tire Size Calculator

Eric Sendrow

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$400-$1,000

Talent:

*

Tools:

Your brain and reading glasses (if needed)

Applicable Models:

 
BMW E30 3-Series (1984-93)
BMW E36 3-Series (1992-99)

Parts Required:

New tires

Performance Gain:

Better handling in dry or wet

Complementary Modification:

Custom wheels
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Download the following spreadsheet, plug in your tire sizes, and the spreadsheet will calculate the approximate physical dimensions of the tire.

Click here to download the spreadsheet.

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Comments and Suggestions:
chefmike Comments: Back in my day growing up with my 69 chevelle, tire sizes were , 50's,, 60's ,, 70's. 50's were widest and 70's were the slimest. of course i had 60's on the rear and 70's on the front cause 50's were just too wide. It will be good to know what all the numbers and letters show us about one of the most important things that keep us safe!!! Thanks, Michael P.
January 20, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tire Size Calculator Comments: I saw your spreadsheet but thought I would add a resource I recently found that was very helpful. A lot easier than using a spread sheet. a href="http://www.tiresizecalculator.info"Tire Size Calculator/a
July 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
shurikm3 Comments: because 55 are taller then 50 , you need lower profile tires
May 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
r1100skelly Comments: Very cool! Explains why the 225/55R16's instead of 225/50R16rub the inner fender on the wife's Z3!
January 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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