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      04-09-2007, 03:38 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by 2m3 View Post
Thank you for your response. What do you mean by "using taller tires on the rear is to be able to get a bigger tire contact patch"? DO you mean the side wall will flex and compress?

I think 275/35 or more still fit under rear fender.

THis is the first M to have rear tire with taller diameter than the front.
Since the overal diameter is bigger, the contact patch is also bigger (longitudinaly). The curvature of the taller wheel is flatter, and therefore, puts more rubber on the ground at once. That is why dragsters have not only wider but also taller wheels on the traction axle... (to maximize traction).

I believe this is the first BMW (not only M) to have taller rear wheels.

Porsche is also starting to use taller rear wheels now. Until the 996, they had almost identical diameters for front and rear wheels, but since the 997, they are using taller rears. For example the 997 has 235/40 18 up front and 265/40 18 on the rear, while the 993 had 225/40 18 and 265/35 18.
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