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      08-24-2008, 09:54 AM   #1
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M3 Winter Wheel & Tire Option

Hi all...I just sold my 2007 335i E93 that included the ZSP with 18" wheelset amongst its many options...although I never drove my 335i in the winter, I had purchased a set of 225-45-17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3 DSST RFT snows on a set of 5 x 120 alloy wheels with TPMS...I have replaced the 335i with an equally loaded 2008 M3 E93 with the 19" wheel package and would appreciate some advice regarding my winter wheel and RFT and non-RFT winter tire options...there is always a chance that the M3 might never leave the garage this winter but I've just about reached the time in life when year round performance car driving becomes the rule rather than the exception...thanks in advance for any help that you can provide............

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      08-24-2008, 11:21 AM   #2
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Hi all...I just sold my 2007 335i E93 that included the ZSP with 18" wheelset amongst its many options...although I never drove my 335i in the winter, I had purchased a set of 225-45-17 Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3 DSST RFT snows on a set of 5 x 120 alloy wheels with TPMS...I have replaced the 335i with an equally loaded 2008 M3 E93 with the 19" wheel package and would appreciate some advice regarding my winter wheel and RFT and non-RFT winter tire options...there is always a chance that the M3 might never leave the garage this winter but I've just about reached the time in life when year round performance car driving becomes the rule rather than the exception...thanks in advance for any help that you can provide............

New: 2008 M3 E93 / Alpine White over Bamboo Beige Novillo Extended Leather with Sycamore Anthracite Wood Trim / 6MT / ZCW / ZPP / ZTP / 2MT Wheelset / Sirius / 6-FL / Enhanced Premium Sound / Custom F, R, T Cocomats

Retired: 2007 E93-335i / Platinum Bronze over Saddle-Black Dakota with Light Poplar Trim / 6MT / ZPP / ZSP / ZCW / CA / AS / Nav / Sirius / HD / 6-FL / PDC / 3M Clear Bra / Custom F, R & T Cocomats
Not to be a dick but there is another long thread regarding this.....try using the .
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      08-25-2008, 01:03 AM   #3
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so what do you want to know? those 224/45/17s are NOT going to fit on the M3, if that is your question.
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      08-25-2008, 07:18 AM   #4
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...thanks for the response...I sold the 225-45-17 winter wheelset with the 335 knowing full well that they would not fit my M3...I would like to know if anyone has actually purchased an E9X winter wheel and tire package and, if so, make a recommendation regarding size, brand and non-rft consideration...
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      08-25-2008, 12:11 PM   #5
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i would suggest calling tire rack.
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For a very pricey $581 a piece, BMW will sell you Style 270 wheels designed to be e9X M3 winter wheels. Sorry, I don't have a better picture. Size is 8 x 18 et20. BMW's winter package will be this wheel with 235/40-18 Michelin PA2 winter tires. I'd consider running them with 225/45-18.

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      08-26-2008, 08:13 PM   #7
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I just bought a set of OEM 18 takeoffs from a fellow forum member. I'll put winter continentals on them (235 front and 265 rear) leftover from my last car, a 997. Narrower is a bit better for driving in snow, but the large majority of days are just cold not snowy and the std size rears will make for better driving. The true benefit of winter rubber is the compound and tread pattern.
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I just bought a set of OEM 18 takeoffs from a fellow forum member. I'll put winter continentals on them (235 front and 265 rear) leftover from my last car, a 997. Narrower is a bit better for driving in snow, but the large majority of days are just cold not snowy and the std size rears will make for better driving. The true benefit of winter rubber is the compound and tread pattern.
I'd kill for a set of OEM 18s. I'm going to run a set of 245/40-18s from my RS6 until I wear them out; I do a lot of driving from upstate NY to the Philly area and expect the PA2 Michelins to only make it about half way through the winter. At that point I'm thinking of 225/45-18s since I'm in the snow belt.

Anyone want to sell a set of OEM 18s?
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Thanks for the advice...I plan on keeping my eye out for a set of M3 OEM 18's and then deciding from RFT Michelin Alpin PA3 or Bridgestone Blizzak MZ-03 or non-RFT Nokian Hakkapeliitta R or Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme...I'm not sure if the Dunlop M3 Winter Sport is available in DSST in the 18" size but that could be another option...seems like the OEM 18" wheels with TPMS have been selling in the $1200 range while the non-TPMS have been selling closer to $1000...
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Thanks for the advice...I plan on keeping my eye out for a set of M3 OEM 18's and then deciding from RFT Michelin Alpin PA3 or Bridgestone Blizzak MZ-03 or non-RFT Nokian Hakkapeliitta R or Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme...I'm not sure if the Dunlop M3 Winter Sport is available in DSST in the 18" size but that could be another option...seems like the OEM 18" wheels with TPMS have been selling in the $1200 range while the non-TPMS have been selling closer to $1000...
A set of OEM 18 take offs (new condition) with new PS2s did not sell on ebay at around $1550 (didn't make reserve).
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Tire Rack has winter tires and wheels available for the M3.
You can get staggered or same size all around. 18" is probably preferred for winter for cost and pothole resistance reasons, but we have 19" options that will also work well.

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Tire Rack has winter tires and wheels available for the M3.
You can get staggered or same size all around. 18" is probably preferred for winter for cost and pothole resistance reasons, but we have 19" options that will also work well.

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i dont see anything that matches or works for the m3? Im looking for a non-staggered 18" setup, and when i called a bit ago, i was told they arent available and wont be until the fall.
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i dont see anything that matches or works for the m3? Im looking for a non-staggered 18" setup, and when i called a bit ago, i was told they arent available and wont be until the fall.
I just bought a set of style 260 (18 inch M3 OEM) off ebay with new PS2s for $1800. When my e90 comes in, I'm going to mount all four of my 245/40-18 Michelin PA2s (winter tires) on the 8.5x18 et28 wheels and mount them with 10mm spacers in the rear. Then I'm going to sell all four new 245/40-18 PS2s (maybe get $700-$800 bucks), so total cost including shipping will be $1300 for a second set of wheels and a second set of rear tires.

In the meantime, I can run my e46 with the new 18s and won't have to buy another set of rear PS2s for that car while waiting for the e90; saving another $700. Plus I think the grey 18s will look great on my jet black e46.

Next summer, I'll run a square set-up of 265s front and rear on the 9.5 inch wheels.
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i dont see anything that matches or works for the m3? Im looking for a non-staggered 18" setup, and when i called a bit ago, i was told they arent available and wont be until the fall.
If you call me directly, I have non-staggered setups available for winter tires. My # is 800.522.8473 extension 660. (as listed in signature)
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