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      05-12-2010, 12:43 PM   #1
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Snow tire questions 19" - what will fit?

I found a pair of Blizzak LM-25 265/35 19's for the rears at a great price, but can't find the LM-25's in the 245/35 R19 for the front wheels anywhere.

I can find the fronts in 245/40 - could I use these with 265/35 on the rears (even though it has 245/35 on fronts stock)? What would be the handling tradeoff?

Conversely - can I use '40' height all around (even though the car is spec'd for 35?)

Can someone point me to more information on this.

Alternatively I can find the fronts in a 245/35 19 but only in a Blizzak LM-60. Could I mix these two tires? Or is this a bad idea?

I am new to this so any help would be really appreciated.

I'm looking forward to getting the car (e93 M3) in about a month.
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      05-12-2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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I believe LM60's are slowly replacing LM25's I have 255/35 fronts and 275/35 rears. The second number is a ratio of width to sidewall height so the rear number tends to be smaller as the width gets bigger so that the sidewalls remain similar in height to one another.
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i got the 265 for front and rear. it will fit.
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i got the 265 for front and rear. it will fit.
But will a 225/35 R 19 fit on the front 245/35 rim. I would rather go narrow to improve traction but don't want to compromise safety and handling. What would be better a 265 or 225 on the front wheels?

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But will a 225/35 R 19 fit on the front 245/35 rim. I would rather go narrow to improve traction but don't want to compromise safety and handling. What would be better a 265 or 225 on the front wheels?

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225 says will fit a 8.5 rim width click the specs tab and they have the info there.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....25XL&tab=Sizes
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      05-14-2010, 10:35 AM   #6
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I ran the 225/265 setup last winter. Not ideal but for the price it was worth it. I didn't push it hard on this setup but it seemed fine in normal driving. I thought the 225 fronts would be stretched but they actually look like a 245. I guess the 40 profile helps.

Btw, I spoke with tirerack prior to ordering and they said it would be fine. Like I said, not ideal but it works.
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