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      02-01-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Where to find E92 winter rim & tires?

Hello, I live in Des Moines, IA and was wonder what are some good places that I could gets some cheap rims and winter tires for an E92 M3 coupe.

I really don't care what the rims look like, I just want something that will fit the car and fit a good/decent set of winter/snow tires.

I'd like to keep it under $1500 (for all 4 wheels and tires, not counting labor to mount them), the lower the better as long as they do actually fit the car (I'm not even sure what dimensions I'd need to look for to be sure that they fit, any help with that would be appreciated.).

I've looked on tirerack.com and they only have one rim option (which isn't bad but it's a bit more than I want to pay) but it says they won't be available till 3-21-09!

Tried looking on ebay but couldn't find any that would fit that car (that I know of, again not 100% sure what all dimension and stats I need to look for)

Any thoughts, comments, help is appreciated it.
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      02-01-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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I am sure this post will get moved shortly but check out the wheel and tire section there are lots of posts. I bought a set of oem 18's on ebay and blizzacks from the tire rack. i couldn't stand the look of cheap winter rims. i did it on my e46m3 and hated seeing the car.
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the tire size recommended by bmw for winter is 235/40 18" all around
which i think is crazy
the rear 265's are already too small for the car
i got 235 and 265 for the rear
in the front you can get 235/40 or 245/40
and the back can be 255/40 or 265/40
any of those sizes are close enough to stock not to cause inaccuracy in the speedometer
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      02-01-2009, 11:13 PM   #4
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the tire size recommended by bmw for winter is 235/40 18" all around
which i think is crazy
the rear 265's are already too small for the car
i got 235 and 265 for the rear
in the front you can get 235/40 or 245/40
and the back can be 255/40 or 265/40
any of those sizes are close enough to stock not to cause inaccuracy in the speedometer
Narrower is better for winter tires so the 235 width isn't crazy at all, it is ideal for a square setup for this car.

To the OP, if you have 18s the cheapest way is to mount up snows on those - a lot of options from OEM sizes to 245/40-18 all around. Then you could either swap back summer tires or pick up another set of summer OEM wheels/tires (runs about $1600 for 18s, to around $1900 for 19s.) Another member here (Radiation Joe) got another set of OEM 18s and runs front wheels front and back with 235s mounted, then would use all four rears for a square summer setup. Square is ideal for winter as it allows rotation and depending on where you live, will allow more wear out of a single set.
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Narrower is better for winter tires so the 235 width isn't crazy at all, it is ideal for a square setup for this car.
yeah i know narrower is better
but if you are in an area that's not snowing the whole time
i.e with times when the ground is clear
try putting down 414hp with 235" rears
my rear 265's slip often, can't imagine with 235's
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The OP is from Des Moines so I wouldn't recommend anything wider than 245. AYou lose enough traction through the compound alone (snows being so much softer)... they are a a trade-off - cold/snow grip at the expense of dry traction. Here in Denver, it is dry so much of the time I would love to be able to go with something wider/more performance oriented than what I have, but on those days when it snows like nuts I want the best traction (so I went 245 all around with a super-soft Nokian.) I wouldn't do well at all with a 265 rear. It sucks losing so much dry traction - I can't even put down full throttle in anything below 4th (!) without getting the DSC going but I can go nearly anywhere in any snow conditions and feel totally confident.

No when at the first sign of winter's end, I will be upsizing my summers to wider than 265...
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same here
when i take off my winters i will get 255 or 265 in the front snd 275 or 285 in the rear
i drove through snow and ice in my 235/265 setup
and i was very impressed
i figured the 235 would cut a path through which the 265 would follow
and i was impressed with the amount of grip
the only time the DSC light came on is when i intentionally floored it with the power button turned on
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      02-02-2009, 01:39 PM   #8
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I am happy with the setup I got. More info here:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...t=winter+setup

The wheels are really solid. I scraped against the curb the other day that was hidden/covered with ice/snow. They are somewhat scratched, but held up really well--still true. And I had no choice but to drive into a hole with on the wheels a few weeks ago (roads are infested with holes here at this time of the year), which put a small dent on the lip, and again the wheels are fine. So they are built well, which is why I got a dedicated/cheaper set of 18" winter wheels...
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I have a suspicion that E60 wheels may fit. I have a set off my 2006 550i with M package that are M5 replica's with Toyo KX 235/45/18 snow tires. Only used last winter and 1 wheel has a small curb scrape others are perfect. Asking $1500 - shipping to US would be additional. If interested let me know I will send pictures.
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I have a suspicion that E60 wheels may fit. I have a set off my 2006 550i with M package that are M5 replica's with Toyo KX 235/45/18 snow tires. Only used last winter and 1 wheel has a small curb scrape others are perfect. Asking $1500 - shipping to US would be additional. If interested let me know I will send pictures.
I'd like to see photos of these... what are the offsets? Has anyone tried E60 wheels on an E92 M3?
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