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Old 02-20-2006, 11:30 AM
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Inner front tire wear

Hello everyone,

Last week, I had the rear tires (RE040) replaced on my 330i ZHP. Got 22k miles out of them, I has pretty glad.

The shop where I took the car told me my front tires were not too worn (7/32 average depth) but wearing unevenly, more on the inner side than center or outer edge. So the question is:
- Do you think my alignment is just bad (too much camber or toe)
- OR, do you think it is just because the ZHP has a little extra negative camber (-0.5 deg IIRC) and I don't drive super aggressively? I mean, I drive fast, but it's not like you can load your front end in turns all that much on open roads.

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Old 02-20-2006, 11:35 AM
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The rears have more neg camber cuz they can. You can see it looking fron the back of the car along the side.
Makes it fun! I get 20k max (read max) out of summer tires. Just kill them both at the end.
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:47 AM
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Hey lao270,

The rear tires are wearing fine, it's up front that I have a problem. How are your wearing in the front?
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:57 PM
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Last week I also replaced my rear tires with RE040's to match OEM at 20,200 miles. My front ones have plenty of tread and are wearing evenly. You may want to have your alignment checked.
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:43 PM
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As a general rule, the inner part of the tire on the E46 will always wear faster even at factory alignment settings. This is caused by a combination of the toe (which affects how much your tires will wear) and the negative camber (which affects where your tires will wear) Resucing either or both will prolong your tire life, but at some trade off in handling, particularly at higher speeds.
That being said, you should go get your alignment checked. While the inners may wear somewhat quicker even when correctly aligned, they might end up wearing entirely too quickly when improperly aligned.
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