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Old 11-30-2012, 03:13 PM
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Best tires for 1997 z3 2.8?

Just wondering what people think about tire replacement. I am looking at Michelin Pilot Sport but guy at tire store recommended Yokohama AS530. Open to other ideas. I generally don't drive too hard. I am looking for good wear, tire ride and decent handling characteristics. Your thoughts are appreciated
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:44 PM
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The 97 2.8 came standard with 225-50-16's all around or optional staggered 225 45 17 Front and 245 40-17 Rear. Tire choice is totally dependent on your driving style and ride preference. Most here are enthusiasts and are looking for higher performance capabilities and are willing to sacrifice road noise and more rapid treadwear for more grip and cornering ability. The store recommendation is for a middle of the road all-season tire that does everything to a mediocre degree and nothing exceptionally well. The PS's you mentioned are great tires for spirited driving but cannot be used in winter (unless they are the A/S version) and will wear pretty fast if driven hard, and they are pretty expensive.

Visit TireRack.com and go through some comparisons and then think about how you drive your Z to help you decide.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:18 PM
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I just got a 1997 Z3 1.9L with 32,000 miles which had its original P225/50ZR16 tires. They were Dayton Daytonas, and had plenty of tread, but they thumped and bumped and wiggled, so I think one or more of the tires had a problem. I got Hankook 225/50R16 Ventus V4 ES tires from Tire Rack and then had them locally mounted and balanced for a total of $530 with a $50 mail in rebate yet to come, and am pleased with their value, smooth ride and quietness.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:51 AM
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What do YOU want out of your tires?

Ultimate dry grip? Ultimate wet grip? Ultimate life? Quietest? Best ride? Cheapest?

I suggest going on to www.tirerack.com and researching. They have actual test data, run by Tire Rack on their cars and their test regime. Also user feedback.

Currently I would get the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, if they come in your size, versus the Pilot Sport.

Or are you looking at the Pilot Sport A/S? That is an all season tire, as is the Yokohama AS530. The Pilot Sport is a summer tire.

I prefer summer tires in the summer and winter or A/S in the winter. Except on our Jeep Grand Cherokee which runs Yokohama Goelander G052 all year.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:05 AM
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To my knowledge only Michelin approves using their summer tires at temperatures below 45 degree F.

From http://www.michelinman.com/sites/mic...nal-tires.page

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Summer: These tires are primarily designed for high-performance vehicles and provide optimized dry and wet performance levels in a temperate environment. Summer tires are designed for year round usage but should not be used during the winter season where temperatures are colder and approach freezing consistently as their performance would be less than optimal.
So, as long as temps are not consistently approaching freezing, you can expect "optimal" performance.

With central NC mild winters, I run Pilot Sports year around without any problems. But summer tires are absolutely worthless on ice and snow.

+1 on studying the Tire Rack tests.

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:34 AM
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I have run Pilot Sports, Bridgestone SO3, and Pilot Sport PS2 at freezing temps, on DRY roads without issues.

But definitely not for wet or snow.

But I am other cars for winter use when needed. Otherwise, I would have pure winter tires.

Have a new toy, a Fiat Abarth. Have summer tires on the 17" rims, and picked up a set of stock 16" with all seasons for winter. Have to put them on the car soon.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:37 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I don't need all weather as I'm in coastal South Carolina. I initially thought I would get Michelin Pilot A/S. I need to decide in the next couple of days. Wanted to get others opinions as they will hopefully be live with for a while.

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:28 PM
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High Tire Wear

Hello, I am new to your forum, been using the search tool, and am in need of advice. My wife drives a 98 Z3 2.8 we bougt a couple of years ago from my sister. Our fist trip in the car was to the BMW shop for a complete checkup. It was discovered that the car was in perfect shape except the inside rear tires were worn beyond safe driving. They were replaced with a new pair of 245/40zr17s. Now 2 years and 2000 miles later the tires are showing considerable inside wear, to the point of needing replaced AGAIN!!

Research has told me that the toe in is not adjustable in this car. I am not a fan of after market kits. Searching the internet and stopping other Z3 drivers when ever possible I have found a great difference in the rear tire wear they achieved, with 50,000 miles not being out the range. I have to wonder how the cars can vary that much. Especially my wifes car that has never see the high side of 60MPH. She loves the car and drives it like like the "Little old lady school teacher".

I am going to start comparing the tire sizes people have when getting the higher mileage. The last fellow I talked to got over 50,000 miles on 225s.

Those of you that are getting the higher mileage please weigh in on your setup.

Thanks and a Happy New Year to everyone.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:19 AM
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Lowering the car can cause camber problems in the rear, especially on the non-Ms. Check the ride height - http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1179642
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:34 PM
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... Research has told me that the toe in is not adjustable in this car....
I think Z3 alignment is completely adjustable.

For camber, the adjustment is by the top bolt on the strut mount, per this message:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...0&postcount=16

For toe-in, take a flashlight and look under the front end of your Z3. Across the front end there is the cast aluminum steering rack. At each end are tie rods covered with prominent rubber bellows. The ends of the tie rods are threaded with adjustment nuts. The toe in is changed by turning those nuts.
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