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Old 12-06-2009, 06:02 PM
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Question regarding winter tires for 2008 X3 sport package

Hi all -

I have a 2008 X3 with the sport package and 19 inch rims. Looking for winter tires as I moved from Texas to Upstate New York recently.

I realize that I will need to buy new rims and tires but here is my question:

With the sport package and original 19 inch wheels is there any restriction on the size of the replacement rims that I can put on the car? I've asked several different shops in the area and nobody seems to be quite sure. Some of the people that I talked to said there wouldn't be a problem with either the 18 or 17 inch rims - but even a few people at the local BMW dealer weren't sure (though they seemed generally clueless which was surprising).

Also - could anyone recommend a good source for aftermarket rims for the X3? And how about a good winter tire?

Thanks!

Mark
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:09 PM
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I suggest finding 17" rims/tyres for your region if it gets a lot of snow. If you're conscious about apperances, then the stock P235/55R17 size front and rear should be a good compromise of snow capability and apperances. The minimum size is P215/60R17, slightly narrower and a taller sidewall ratio.

Tire Rack is a great source for wheels and tyres, and they are a site sponsor. They even have their own dedicated Q&A subforum here.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:19 PM
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Let me know if you want the name of a shop that will get you a decent set of rim & Great tires. I would definately recommend that you move down to 17" rims & tires...19's are great for the south but not lake effect snows! Getting my tires put on Thurs. in syracuse! Makes my X3 a tank in the snow!
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:31 PM
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Any recommendation for a shop in Syracuse for tires and rims would be HIGHLY appreciated! I've looked online but would rather deal with someone local if possible.

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Mark
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:53 PM
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Mark,
Look up...Kost Tire & Auto 524 W Genesee St....ask for Grant and let him know Paul & Kristin said to call.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:07 AM
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I suggest finding 17" rims/tyres for your region if it gets a lot of snow. If you're conscious about apperances, then the stock P235/55R17 size front and rear should be a good compromise of snow capability and apperances. The minimum size is P215/60R17, slightly narrower and a taller sidewall ratio.

Tire Rack is a great source for wheels and tyres, and they are a site sponsor. They even have their own dedicated Q&A subforum here.
Good advice from AzN and, to specifically address your concern, there is nothing at the brake/hub any different on a non-sport and a sport. 17s will fit fine.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:46 PM
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Thanks all!

Thanks all!

Just ordered a set this AM (seemed like the thing to do given the local weather forecast for the next week).

Should have them on by the weekend.

Mark
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:25 PM
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I hope things worked out recommendation. Best of luck with the new rims & tires...make sure to post some pics when they're on! Have fun in the SNOW!! Love the winter...expecially with my X3
Paul
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:37 AM
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Hi all -

I have a 2008 X3 with the sport package and 19 inch rims. Looking for winter tires as I moved from Texas to Upstate New York recently.

I realize that I will need to buy new rims and tires but here is my question:

With the sport package and original 19 inch wheels is there any restriction on the size of the replacement rims that I can put on the car? I've asked several different shops in the area and nobody seems to be quite sure. Some of the people that I talked to said there wouldn't be a problem with either the 18 or 17 inch rims - but even a few people at the local BMW dealer weren't sure (though they seemed generally clueless which was surprising).

Also - could anyone recommend a good source for aftermarket rims for the X3? And how about a good winter tire?

Thanks!

Mark
I have the same set up as you but on a 2009. For my winter tires I went with 17" x 8 rims and 17", 235 55 General Altimax Arctic from Tire Rack. This is my first experience with these tires and they are very quiet and not "squishy" at all - for a true snow tire. I considered winter sport tires but in talking to several people decided on a true snow tire since I live in the hills of CT. Haven't tested them on real snow yet but they are rebranded Gislaved Nordfrost 3 studdable tires which have had very good reviews. I had 2001 vintage Hakka 1's on my previous car and loved them but they are no longer available.
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