BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Wheels + Tires Sponsored by The Tire Rack
  TireRack

KEEP M3POST ALIVE BY DOING YOUR TIRERACK SHOPPING FROM THIS BANNER LINK!
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      01-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
jc824
Private
 
Drives: '08 M3 E90
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Toronto

Posts: 67
iTrader: (0)

Winter setup recommended by local shop

Went into a local tire shop and asked about winters on my OEM 19's. They actually recommended the following:

F: 225/40/19
R: 265/35/19

I have no issues with the recommendation on the rear as they are same as stock (although I guess one size down to 255 may be better for winter driving).

But questionable on the front recommendation. Fitment is fine. I understand a more narrow front helps with winter driving but is 225/40 a bit small? Seems a bit skinny.

Any major con's for this setup? (other than the skinny front tires)
jc824 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-03-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
slicer
Brigadier General
 
slicer's Avatar
 
Drives: '13 E92 M3
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Diego, CA

Posts: 3,398
iTrader: (10)

Most people run 255/35 in the front because 245/35 is not available.
__________________
'13 SSII M3 Coupe - KW Clubsport 3-way (Eibach Front Spring Conversion), Akrapovic Evolution, ESS Tune, StopTech Trophy, IND Euro Front Bumper and Gloss Black Mirror Covers, TMS Studs/Lugs, BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler/Interior Trim/Center Console, BMW Edition Grills/Gills, BMWPedals Extended DCT Paddles, Mode Carbon GT4 Splitter, Advan TC3 (18x9.5/10.5), BBS E05 (18x10/11), G-Force Rivals (275/35/18, 295/35/18)
slicer is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #3
maesd74
Private
 
Drives: 2011 M3 sedan comp package
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Denver, CO

Posts: 67
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jc824
Went into a local tire shop and asked about winters on my OEM 19's. They actually recommended the following:

F: 225/40/19
R: 265/35/19

I have no issues with the recommendation on the rear as they are same as stock (although I guess one size down to 255 may be better for winter driving).

But questionable on the front recommendation. Fitment is fine. I understand a more narrow front helps with winter driving but is 225/40 a bit small? Seems a bit skinny.

Any major con's for this setup? (other than the skinny front tires)
I run 255/35/19's on the front and 275/35/19's on the rear.... LM-60's. No issues whatsoever.
maesd74 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 12:31 AM   #4
jc824
Private
 
Drives: '08 M3 E90
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Toronto

Posts: 67
iTrader: (0)

should I go bigger in the front... say 245/40/19?
jc824 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 12:44 AM   #5
slicer
Brigadier General
 
slicer's Avatar
 
Drives: '13 E92 M3
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Diego, CA

Posts: 3,398
iTrader: (10)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jc824 View Post
should I go bigger in the front... say 245/40/19?
No that is a full inch too large. 255/35 is your best option for the front.
__________________
'13 SSII M3 Coupe - KW Clubsport 3-way (Eibach Front Spring Conversion), Akrapovic Evolution, ESS Tune, StopTech Trophy, IND Euro Front Bumper and Gloss Black Mirror Covers, TMS Studs/Lugs, BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler/Interior Trim/Center Console, BMW Edition Grills/Gills, BMWPedals Extended DCT Paddles, Mode Carbon GT4 Splitter, Advan TC3 (18x9.5/10.5), BBS E05 (18x10/11), G-Force Rivals (275/35/18, 295/35/18)
slicer is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 01:34 AM   #6
Transfer
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Transfer's Avatar
 
Drives: SQ5, X1
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA

Posts: 1,652
iTrader: (0)

245/35 is stock size in front, go with that if you can
Transfer is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 01:52 AM   #7
jc824
Private
 
Drives: '08 M3 E90
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Toronto

Posts: 67
iTrader: (0)

would 245/40/19 work tho? Or will this rub?
jc824 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 03:26 AM   #8
Chowster
E60_to_E90
 
Chowster's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 E90 M3
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada

Posts: 1,204
iTrader: (2)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jc824 View Post
would 245/40/19 work tho? Or will this rub?
That's too big. What tires are you trying to fit on there?

For 19" winters, almost everyone runs some combination of 235/245/255 in a 35 profile on the front, and 255/265/275 in a 35 profile on the rear. Your choice, dependant on your weather conditions, tire choice, and size availability.

I've had 235/35 255/35 in Dunlop Wintersports, and also 255/35 275/35 in Blizzak LM60s.
__________________
2011.5 E90 Dinan M3, SS II, M-DCT, EDC, M Drive. Winter setup 220M w/ 255/275 Blizzaks
Performance Mods: Dinan St.1 suspension, exhaust, intake; TTPs; BPM St.II, DCT, servo tunes
Cosmetic Mods: OEM CF splitters, mirrors, center console, spoiler; Arkym CF diffuser; LUX; tint
Chowster is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 09:42 AM   #9
LiM3y
Major
 
LiM3y's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 E90 M3
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: CT

Posts: 1,196
iTrader: (2)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jc824 View Post
Went into a local tire shop and asked about winters on my OEM 19's. They actually recommended the following:

F: 225/40/19
R: 265/35/19

I have no issues with the recommendation on the rear as they are same as stock (although I guess one size down to 255 may be better for winter driving).

But questionable on the front recommendation. Fitment is fine. I understand a more narrow front helps with winter driving but is 225/40 a bit small? Seems a bit skinny.

Any major con's for this setup? (other than the skinny front tires)
Your best bet is to buy a set of 18" x 8" rims with 235/40 R18 winter tires on rather than try and fit a set of winter tires on the OEM rims. Tirerack supplied Sport Edition A7 are a solid rim for this purpose. This set up performs much better (better rear traction) in crap conditions that the wider tires (well it does in New England with our wet snow).

I upgraded from Bridgestone LM-25 to Nokian Hakkipillata (wrong spelling?!), and these too are significantly better winter tires than those offered by Tirerack (a New Hampshire buddy recommends these tires to his customers who absolutely need to travel in any conditions over other brands).
__________________
LiM3y is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #10
jc824
Private
 
Drives: '08 M3 E90
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Toronto

Posts: 67
iTrader: (0)

Thanks for the advice.. duly noted
jc824 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #11
slicer
Brigadier General
 
slicer's Avatar
 
Drives: '13 E92 M3
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Diego, CA

Posts: 3,398
iTrader: (10)

Quote:
Originally Posted by LiM3y View Post
Your best bet is to buy a set of 18" x 8" rims with 235/40 R18 winter tires on rather than try and fit a set of winter tires on the OEM rims. Tirerack supplied Sport Edition A7 are a solid rim for this purpose. This set up performs much better (better rear traction) in crap conditions that the wider tires (well it does in New England with our wet snow).

I upgraded from Bridgestone LM-25 to Nokian Hakkipillata (wrong spelling?!), and these too are significantly better winter tires than those offered by Tirerack (a New Hampshire buddy recommends these tires to his customers who absolutely need to travel in any conditions over other brands).
I agree that 18" wheels / tires is the better option. If you want to go this route I would get a set of OEM 219M 18" wheels. Buy a used set from a forum member... I am not a fan of cheap wheels.
__________________
'13 SSII M3 Coupe - KW Clubsport 3-way (Eibach Front Spring Conversion), Akrapovic Evolution, ESS Tune, StopTech Trophy, IND Euro Front Bumper and Gloss Black Mirror Covers, TMS Studs/Lugs, BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler/Interior Trim/Center Console, BMW Edition Grills/Gills, BMWPedals Extended DCT Paddles, Mode Carbon GT4 Splitter, Advan TC3 (18x9.5/10.5), BBS E05 (18x10/11), G-Force Rivals (275/35/18, 295/35/18)
slicer is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-05-2013, 03:39 AM   #12
jc824
Private
 
Drives: '08 M3 E90
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Toronto

Posts: 67
iTrader: (0)

I actually had the Nokians on my IS. Overall pretty good tires but I did have AWD as well.

I think I'm going to try 19s for this winter and get new wheels this spring. If I don't like them, I'll switch to 18s next winter
jc824 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:30 PM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST