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Old 02-08-2013, 10:41 AM
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Question snow tires on X3

Can anyone help me with a wheel and tire question? I have a 2008 X3 with sports package
upgrade. 19" wheels. I was told that I can install 18" wheels and snow tires, with aftermarket
rims. I know that I have 2 size of rims front and read. But do I have to install 18" and 18.5"
or can I use 18" all the way around? And does anyone know what aftermarket rims would work?
Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:18 AM
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Your 19" optional wheels just differ in width - forget about 18.5" diam. wheels.

For your proposed snow tires, the best plan would be to get some used BMW X3 or early X5 rims in either 17" or 18" size,
and then buy 4 x 235/55/17 or 4 x 235/50/18 snow tires respectively.

Some aftermarket rims might be fine, but you have to be careful - I'd trust Tirerack's picks but not too many other sources.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:41 PM
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I wouldn't recommend staggered setup for winter tires. Stick with a 17" or 18", equal all around size. P235/55R17, P215/60R17, and P235/50R18 are OEM sizes. I wouldn't deviate from that.

(If you search, I'm running P235/60R17 and it runs fine but screws up the speedometer and odometer a bit since now everything reads 2% slow)
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:13 AM
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thanks the for the help guy's. That's what I was looking for, but could not get anyone to explain it as you did.
Its nice to be able to find some help when you need it.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:59 PM
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New snow tires!

Yippee! I just got some new snow tires. Since it rarely snows, I decided to get the standard width, not 215/60R17.

I got Michelin X-Ice Xi3, the latest version, which came out last season. I've used them in another car and they seem great though I couldn't test them in deep snow because there wasn't any.

These are 235/55R17 99H mounted on a German brand of silver painted steel wheels. There's no notation of where they were made so it's quite possible it was made in Slovakia, Czech Republic, or Poland. In Germany, they have a nasty habit of not showing where products were made. The wheels were $79 but cost $50 to ship, including the weight of tires (making the shipping cost of the wheel part to be about $25).
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