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Old 06-04-2014, 05:31 PM
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'01 Z3 3.0 tramline & tyre tread design

Roadster has 33K miles, garage kept & always in the Southwest. Never a track car. Present tyres, BFG G Force T/A which have an aggressive tread, came on the car when purchased in 2011. Staggered 17" set-up, 245/40-17 frt. & 225/45-17 rr. Read many comments about tramlining which is common on the Z3 & this car has it in spades. A post that caught my attention was one who changed over to an all season sport tyre which had a less aggressive tread & it helped considerably. What are the thoughts on tramline & tread pattern? Prefer a Michelin when the time arrives.
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Roadster has 33K miles, garage kept & always in the Southwest. Never a track car. Present tyres, BFG G Force T/A which have an aggressive tread, came on the car when purchased in 2011. Staggered 17" set-up, 245/40-17 frt. & 225/45-17 rr. Read many comments about tramlining which is common on the Z3 & this car has it in spades. A post that caught my attention was one who changed over to an all season sport tyre which had a less aggressive tread & it helped considerably. What are the thoughts on tramline & tread pattern? Prefer a Michelin when the time arrives.
if you have the 245s in front that will make tramlining worse.
they should be in the rear with the 225s up front.

try lowering your front tire pressure once you get the correct tires in front, just keep it above the min listed on the door sticker.
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This is too funny. Cannot tell you how many times I have looked at these tyres & reviewed information on the Tire Rack site & never caught this! It caused a flashback to many years ago when my brother had a set of new tyres installed on a VW Golf. He complained the car was not sitting level, pulled to one side even after alignment. So I asked him to check the tyre sizes but he was adamant they were correct & the same. Few years later when I bought the car from him, the first thing I checked was the tyre size & the aspect ratio was off by on both tyres by 5 on one side as compared to the other. Tyre stores do make mistakes. Contacted the installer (Discount Tire) who did the work for the previous owner & although installed in Colorado, they have agreed to swap, mount & balance for free! THANK YOU!!
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