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Hello again all you kind people. it is another day and yet i have another thing to moan about.

I would appreciate some help. Ok i just upgraded my tyres from the standard 13 inch steels rims i now have some 15 inch fox evo 3 alloy wheels.

when i drive over about 60 miles per hour the steering wheel starts to shake and rattle. also when i let go of the steering wheel the car moves towards the left.

One more thing now that i have upgraded to 15 inches from 13 inches would i need to get my speedo adjusted. would it make much of a difference on the speedo (meaning would the speedo give me a completely wrong reading)?

If there is a problem does anybody know anywhere around birmingham to get it sorted and how much would it cost?

Thats it i will stop the moaning. thanks for any help.
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You'll usually introduce some speedo error by changing wheel sizes, but not as much as you'd think. The extra wheel radius should be offset by the lower profile tyres. It's the overall rolling radius that counts.

A Google search for "rolling radius calculator" throws up a few sites. I haven't tried any lately, but give this one a go for starters. You'll need to know what size tyres were on your old wheels as well as the tyres on the new ones.

Inconsistencies in the road will certainly transmit much more readily through bigger wheels and lower profile tyres. That's probably the main argument against going for bigger wheels. If the vibration is severe, then it's possible that you've lost a balancing weight since having the wheels fitted. Sometimes they just don't stay put.

Bigger alloys are also far less forgiving of being kerbed, and that may also lead to vibration. If you (or another driver in your car) has managed to whack them against something, there's the possibility that the tracking's out tracking out. You/they may even have warped a wheel.

Take it in for re-balancing and 4 wheel laser aligment. That should identify some of the more likely causes.
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The main reason for a car pulling one way is a 'biased' tyre.Out of curiosity,I'd swap the tyres side to side on the front,or front to rear if the tyres are directional,and see what happens then.

You don't say if your 15" wheels and tyres are new,but I suspect that they haven't been balanced properly(if new) or damaged(if second hand).We get a lot of people complaining of wheel wobble at speed on brand new aftermarket wheels(especially if their purchased from a certain high street retailer...),and they have always been miles out when we have put them on to our balancer.

As Horatio says,get them re-balanced and go from there.Good luck,and let us know how you get on.

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Hi guys thanks for the replys i think that it is the balacning that needs to be done. although really can not find a place to do them! i live in central Birmingham and all the tyre places here say they dont balance tyres and dont know anybody who does! does any one out there know anywhere in birmingham to get them done. also is this an expensive thing? thanks
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Ok i just upgraded my tyres from the standard 13 inch steels rims i now have some 15 inch fox evo 3 alloy wheels
What width of rim and what size of tyres did you use ... any problems with fouling?

As to balancing the tyres ... its the tyre wheel combo that should be balanced ... cant believe there are any "tyre" fitters that wont balance wheels ... how do the sell any if they cant balance them?
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