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Old 10-02-2012, 09:09 PM
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Winter tire package -- 335is

What tires/rims did you guys get or planning to get for winter? Thanks for sharing!
I saw on another post a suggestion: leave your car in the garage (protect it) and get a used xdrive for about 10k...that's more expensive than getting winter tire package but what do others think?
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:50 AM
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What tires/rims did you guys get or planning to get for winter?
I'd get 7.5" or 8" x 17" rims and 205/50 or 225/45 R17 winter tires
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:19 AM
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225/45-17 Blizzak WR-70s on Rial Salernos. Going into my 6th or 7th winter on Blizzaks.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:40 AM
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The 335is comes with 19" wheels, why not putting 19" wheels with winter tires?
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:00 AM
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You can't go wrong with real snows from Conti, Michelin, Blizzak or Nokian.
I have Blizzaks and just ordered the Michelins for the 335. I have Conti Winter Force for my Saab Aero.
Best tire value for the money? Nokian if they're sold in your area.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:37 AM
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The 335is comes with 19" wheels, why not putting 19" wheels with winter tires?
Because it's very hard to find winter tires in 19" size. Because 17" is far less expensive. Because narrow tires are better in winter than wide. Because you can find a much larger selection in 17". Because you can even find true winter tires (non-speed rated) in 17" while with 19" you're stuck with speed-rated high performance snows that are more suited to roads than snow. Because 19" tires with short sidewalls suck when hitting winter potholes. Because you can fit chains/cables to 17" narrow tires.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:24 PM
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Will they fit with no adjustments? Snap off the 19"" and put 17"?
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:06 PM
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The 335is comes with 19" wheels, why not putting 19" wheels with winter tires?
My 2009 335 came with 17"
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:25 PM
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Because it's very hard to find winter tires in 19" size. Because 17" is far less expensive. Because narrow tires are better in winter than wide. Because you can find a much larger selection in 17". Because you can even find true winter tires (non-speed rated) in 17" while with 19" you're stuck with speed-rated high performance snows that are more suited to roads than snow. Because 19" tires with short sidewalls suck when hitting winter potholes. Because you can fit chains/cables to 17" narrow tires.
I don't think 19" snow tires will fit in the wheel wells. My RFT ultra low profile summer tires look like rubber bands in order to fit.

The max size I would go with is 18".
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Will they fit with no adjustments? Snap off the 19"" and put 17"?
obviously you'll need 17"rims. but 225/35/19 and 225/45/17 are both ~25.0" in diameter, so no other changes needed.
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obviously you'll need 17"rims. but 225/35/19 and 225/45/17 are both ~25.0" in diameter, so no other changes needed.
Did you use the TireRack tire sizer app? Very handy thing.
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Did you use the TireRack tire sizer app? Very handy thing.
i do my tire math in my head
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Ok thanks. I did not realize the diameter is the same for 17" and 19" wheels.
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Does anybody want to share pictures of their winter tire package and how it looks on their car?
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:45 PM
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Ok thanks. I did not realize the diameter is the same for 17" and 19" wheels.
It isn't neccessarily, but it is in the example given. It all has to do with the aspect ratio of the tire, it changes the distance from the bead to the ground. The less the distance, the less the diameter.
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Does anybody want to share pictures of their winter tire package and how it looks on their car?
From 3 years ago. 225/45-R17 Blizzaks on 17" Rial Salernos. Includes extra road salt.



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were gonna put 225/40-45R17s on our 2007 335 convertible. Blizzaks all the way, wrapped around some Elbrus 5 spokes
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It isn't neccessarily, but it is in the example given. It all has to do with the aspect ratio of the tire, it changes the distance from the bead to the ground. The less the distance, the less the diameter.
this.

for the 19" tire:
225 X 0.35= 79mm ~3" sidewall. 2 x 3"= 6 +19" =25"

for the 17" tire
225 X0.45 =100mm ~4" sidewall. 2 x 4"= 8 + 17" =25"


in a tire size, the first number is the tread width.
the second number is the sidewall ratio (what percentage of the treadwidth is the sidewall height)
third number is obviously the rim size.

general rule of thumb is to go down 0.05 for every 1" of rim assuming the same treadwidth
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Since my snows are on from mid October till the end of April every year and most of my driving is during these months I wanted tires and wheels that handle reasonably well.

My wheels are 18" Sparco Pista's with Dunlop Winter Sport 3D's 225/40/18.

I have 2 winters on them (25,000 miles) and am hoping to make it through this winter.


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Old 10-04-2012, 05:25 AM
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those are nice Jummo

I just got my 335i 1 month ago.

I have 18" Pirelli Pzero Nero M + S all seasons

i was hoping to make it through our Canadian Winter .. am I too naive?

I am new to the forum btw .. i love it here : )
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18" Sport Edition KM-11 w/Conti DWS--yes, I know not dedicated winter rubber, but these work well for my needs and I use my X5d on the really bad days
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I plan on using these from my Z435is....
18" Sport Edition KM-11 w/Conti DWS--yes, I know not dedicated winter rubber, but these work well for my needs and I use my X5d on the really bad days
You have my car! Return it at the earliest opportunity and all is forgiven.
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Hello. I am picking up a 335is in a week and looking to get 17 inch wheels for it for winter tires that I have from my current 335 (225/45R-17 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 from TireRack ). I read that one has to be careful with choosing 17 inch wheels for the 335 with sport package or 335is because of the possible brake clearance issue. I looked on Tire Rack for the available wheels for the 335is and found a variety of 17 inch wheels that as I understand Tire Rack knows will fit the 335is. I wanted to ask for some guidance on choosing a set of wheel. I was looking at the cheapest that was available, about $100 per wheel If I were to get the black painted wheels, is black paint somehow more prone to discoloring or chipping? The cheaper the wheels the worse quality? Can someone please share their knowledge on selecting wheels?
Also, as I understand I have to get the TPMS sensors for the new set of wheels?
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