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Old 09-22-2009, 11:46 AM
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Z4M: How wide can tires go on stock rims?

There is a serious dearth of selection in our stock tire sizes for some decent street/track tires that are very good in the dry and wet.

As much as I don't like the idea of wider tires, I thought I'd ask whether it was possible to run 245s in the front and 275s in the back with the stock 18x8/18x9 rims? Now physically they should fit, but are they an ideal fit to these rim widths for performance?
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There is a serious dearth of selection in our stock tire sizes for some decent street/track tires that are very good in the dry and wet.

As much as I don't like the idea of wider tires, I thought I'd ask whether it was possible to run 245s in the front and 275s in the back with the stock 18x8/18x9 rims? Now physically they should fit, but are they an ideal fit to these rim widths for performance?
Pal, c'mon! You're a regular on these forums, I know you've seen the 20 tire threads in the last 3 or 4 days!

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...t=#post4529766

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=398297

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=294185
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:44 PM
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Pal, c'mon! You're a regular on these forums, I know you've seen the 20 tire threads in the last 3 or 4 days!
Thanks man. I did want to search, then got lazy and you caught me out.

[Edit] Now I feel like an idiot as this exact question was answered and I had read that thread a while back too.
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:47 PM
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I got slammed on a different thread for recommending Michelin PS2s but I'm sticking with that and they come in the stock sizes. People who want to buy the tire du jour, that's their business. Some of us can afford the top brand. My opinion regarding tire size is that the OEM diameter should be reduced if possible as an inexpensive way of lowering your gearing a bit without having to change the differential. 235/40/18 front and 265/35/18 rear seems to be a good compromise for stock rims with a little more width and a little smaller diameter.
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^I LOVE my PS2's. They don't get slippery when heat cycled. Nice, predictable sidewall action also.
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