Revisiting this question: chains on 17" wheels?
The question didn't get answered, and I have the same question! I have 17" OEM on an '02 525iT (yes, sport package too) and the manual says don't use chains on 17" wheels and above. I'm going to Tahoe soon (BlueBee I loved your photo diary of the same trip, but you have 16s.)
I do not believe it's due to the tire profile, rather, the clearance between the wheels and the fenders. However since I'd only be putting the chains on the rear (drive) wheels, in other words those wheels don't turn and have potential to rub fender linings .. wouldn't I be OK?
Has anyone actually put 17" chains on the rear wheels and been A-OK? I need chains for chain control at Tahoe and want to drive my car, not borrow another.
Thoughts? Thanks all!