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      01-27-2014, 02:23 AM   #1
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Tire Size and Spacers

I know this has been covered in tons of other threads, but I keep reading different answers based on tons of different factors.

I am running stock 19" ZCP wheels and ZCP suspension on my 2011 E92 with 15mm spacers in the front and 12mm in the rear. I am due for new tires and trying to determine the tire size. I was set on 255/35 for the front and 275/35 for the rear, but now I am reading I might have rubbing issues.

Should I stick with the stock tire sizes or can I safely go to the 255/275 setup using Pilot Super Sports?
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      01-27-2014, 09:07 AM   #2
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As you note, there are multiple factors involved. So except in cases where something is obviously going to rub or obviously going to be safe, it is not possible to predict with certainty.

With those sizes, and with the spacers you mention, I have certainly seen some guys get rubbing. So it is possible that you would also. The front is where you would be likely to have an issue.
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As you note, there are multiple factors involved. So except in cases where something is obviously going to rub or obviously going to be safe, it is not possible to predict with certainty.

With those sizes, and with the spacers you mention, I have certainly seen some guys get rubbing. So it is possible that you would also. The front is where you would be likely to have an issue.
That was my worry. From what I have read the rears rubbing seems to be a bigger reported issue than the front (especially with passengers or weight in the boot). I was hoping someone with personal experience would jump in and give me their thoughts/experiences.

Tire Rack wouldn't happen to have a 30 day worry free return policy would they?
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      01-27-2014, 12:01 PM   #4
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Numerous people run those tire sizes and there are tons of threads on this. You may have to adjust your spacer size but you will be able to make them work.
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also depends on the brand of tires..

you could run those tire sizes and just swap the spacers from front to back and rear to front..

i had rubbing with my v12's and those tire sizes in the rear with 12.5 mm spacers....I'm running 10mm now and no rubbing at all...i'm also running 12.5mm in the front with the sizes you are looking at..no rubbing with room to go bigger
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I have 275/35/19 in rear on ZCP's, 12mm spacer, lowered on swift springs, stock camber, and no way it will rub. I wish I went with 285's or 295's in back
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I have 275/35/19 in rear on ZCP's, 12mm spacer, lowered on swift springs, stock camber, and no way it will rub. I wish I went with 285's or 295's in back
What do you have in the front?
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I know this has been covered in tons of other threads, but I keep reading different answers based on tons of different factors.

I am running stock 19" ZCP wheels and ZCP suspension on my 2011 E92 with 15mm spacers in the front and 12mm in the rear. I am due for new tires and trying to determine the tire size. I was set on 255/35 for the front and 275/35 for the rear, but now I am reading I might have rubbing issues.

Should I stick with the stock tire sizes or can I safely go to the 255/275 setup using Pilot Super Sports?
I am running 255 +15 up front and 275 +10 in the rear Hankook V12 Evos with no rubbing. I have ZCP wheels but not ZCP suspension. When I did my research I kept reading that 275 +12 on ZCP rims would rub in the rear, so I went with 10mm. It seems like e90s have a little more clearance in the rear than e92s and then obviously you have the 10mm drop with the ZCP suspension. What I am getting at is from reading this forum I'd say you'd have a good chance of rubbing in the rear with your proposed set up depending on tire brand. You won't rub in the front.
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That was my worry. From what I have read the rears rubbing seems to be a bigger reported issue than the front (especially with passengers or weight in the boot). I was hoping someone with personal experience would jump in and give me their thoughts/experiences.

Tire Rack wouldn't happen to have a 30 day worry free return policy would they?
There actually are some brands that have 30 day test drive periods in their warranty. Often the bigger brands like Michelin, Bridgestone, Continentnal will do that.

For tires that do not have a test drive warranty, you can return them within 30 days for any reason, but only in new condition. So you can mount them up and check the fit in a static condition, but once they are driven on, they are not returnable.

Without the spacers, or with smaller spacers, you'll probably be fine. If you must run those specific spacers you'd be likely to see at least some occasional rubbing.
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Thanks everyone, decided to stick with OE tire sizes for now.
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