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E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014)
4th generation E90 M3 sedan, E92 M3 coupe and E93 M3 convertible. The last of the naturally aspirated M3s, powered by a 4.0 liter V8 making 414hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Old 04-19-2013, 08:16 PM
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E90 tire shopping

Took my E90 in today to have a steering squeal at low speeds checked out. Told me I needed an alignment and that the inside wear on the front tires was wearing excessively from the alignment issues. Service center told me I could get another 2K max out of fronts. Doesn't make much sense to align it now when I'll need to have it done again when I replace the tires.

So, 2K is about a month of driving for me, ergo I've started tire shopping. I plan on replacing all four (ill keep the current rears as emergency spares, they have around 5/32 left). I'm running the OEM Continental Contisports right now, but thinking of switching to Michelins. (Conti's are so loud, I sometimes think I'm rolling with winter rubber!)

Any suggestions on what is the best all around tire for the E90? Right now I'm leaning towards super sports, ps2's, conti's in that order.

Also any suggestions on the benefits of going wider, and how wide can I go on the OEM rims? I have the 19s. I was thinking one size up from the factory tire.

Lastly, tire rack the best place to get them? Dealer is out of the question, they want 491 a piece for the Michelins.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:05 PM
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Tirerack is the best place to go or you can try www.tire.com.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:32 PM
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I recommend PSSs. They transform the car compared to the Contis. The change in directional stability is eye opening. With the Contis there are some tram lining that is non existing with PSSs. I also think the contact patch and grip is higher since there is significantly more steering resistance with the PSSs, in a good way. My Contis were shot after 12k miles and I now have around 18k on the PSSs and they still have life in them. There is not much difference in noise level, the PSS is not a super quite tire but I love mine and will get another set with no hesitation when it's time. My dealer offered to order from tire rack at no additional cost and just charged a small fee for mounting and balancing. Some dealers are partners with tire rack, mine were not but ordered as a normal customer as a service to me.

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Old 04-20-2013, 03:42 AM
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I agree with solstice, PSS's are rated the best and are less expensive vs. the PS2's. The Tire Rack seems to offer the best prices.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:38 AM
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PSS and tirerack.com FTW.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:01 AM
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PSS and tirerack.com FTW.
Agree, that's what I'm going with next.

I only got 15k out of my original PS2s. I switched to Bridgestone RE11s and currently have 27k on them with plenty of tread left. However, they have become quite noisy, so I plan to go with the PSS next.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:28 AM
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Thanks all, that pretty much confirms what I have been leaning towards (going with the PSS)

Any thoughts on widening the stance on OEM 19in rims? Do I need to get factory sizes or is there wiggle room to jump a size?
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Any thoughts on widening the stance on OEM 19in rims? Do I need to get factory sizes or is there wiggle room to jump a size?
You can and should widen the stance some. I would definitely go with a 255-35 front and a 275-35 rear. If you were running the Comp wheels (359) you could go wider. I ran a 265-30 and 295-30 on my Comp wheels. The added grip is great and the car should've come this way..............Phil
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:51 PM
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How does a 30 profile tire feel?
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You can and should widen the stance some. I would definitely go with a 255-35 front and a 275-35 rear. If you were running the Comp wheels (359) you could go wider. I ran a 265-30 and 295-30 on my Comp wheels. The added grip is great and the car should've come this way..............Phil
Thanks Phil. Piggybacking on what pkim said, what's the benefit for going with 30 instead of 35 for the tire height?
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I did't notice any difference in ride quality with a 30 series vs a 35 series. As you widen the stance you'll have to lower the sidewall. I know guys that are running a 275-30 up front on stock suspension. If your main concern is ride quality, don't worry about it......the added grip will out weigh anything else ...............Phil
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Thinking about this setup. Buying from tire rack tomorrow. How's it look? (Factory 19in rims) still debating on 35/30 on rear. Spoke to dealer and they wouldn't recommend (ie. commit) to anything but OEM tire sizes.

Front
255/35ZR19 XL Michelin Pilot Super Sport Blackwall
for 2010 BMW M3 Sedan


$260.00 $520.00

Rear
275/30ZR19 XL Michelin Pilot Super Sport Blackwall
for 2010 BMW M3 Sedan


$308.00 $616.00
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If it was me, I'd go with the 275/35-19 in back. The 275/30 is a good bit smaller in diameter than the stock size (265/35), and I see no benefit to fitting the car with those.
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If it was me, I'd go with the 275/35-19 in back. The 275/30 is a good bit smaller in diameter than the stock size (265/35), and I see no benefit to fitting the car with those.
I second this. I'm running 255/35/19 in front and 275/35/19 in rear. It fills the wheel gap nicely.


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I went with 275/35 in the rear. Fronts are back ordered, should be available within a week. Thanks all.
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Took my E90 in today to have a steering squeal at low speeds checked out. Told me I needed an alignment and that the inside wear on the front tires was wearing excessively from the alignment issues. Service center told me I could get another 2K max out of fronts. Doesn't make much sense to align it now when I'll need to have it done again when I replace the tires.

So, 2K is about a month of driving for me, ergo I've started tire shopping. I plan on replacing all four (ill keep the current rears as emergency spares, they have around 5/32 left). I'm running the OEM Continental Contisports right now, but thinking of switching to Michelins. (Conti's are so loud, I sometimes think I'm rolling with winter rubber!)

Any suggestions on what is the best all around tire for the E90? Right now I'm leaning towards super sports, ps2's, conti's in that order.

Also any suggestions on the benefits of going wider, and how wide can I go on the OEM rims? I have the 19s. I was thinking one size up from the factory tire.

Lastly, tire rack the best place to get them? Dealer is out of the question, they want 491 a piece for the Michelins.
Michelin PSS were my choice and very good for me.
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Got the PSS's put on Friday. I am very happy with the choice. I really feel like the michelin's transform the ride, feels smoother yet more communicative to the road and all that tire noise the Conti's had is gone. It feels like a different car, (different in a good way) I also like the look, the uprated size fills the well nicely and looks even more aggressive from the rear. Thanks to all for the advice. Exhaust or CAI is next!
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