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      09-12-2015, 03:29 PM   #529
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Hi, I am new to the winter tire+wheels game and started at the tirerack web site.

After entering my car details (2011 M3 sedan ZCP) and selecting the 18 inch square winter set-up the only tires it shows are 235-40-18... that would just look plain weird.

I was expecting 245-40-18 or 255-40-18. Should I just disregard the web site?

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245/40/18 is pretty common for this car and maybe the best overall choice. 255/40/18 could also be used and would probably work fine. Usually they say if you are going to be driving in deep snow a narrower tire will work better. BMW's recommended size is 235/40/18, which seems a little small.
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Hey Ben,

Have been considering the Alpin PA4's this year to replace my old Blizzaks on my ASA Sport Wheels. I've also used Wintersport 3D's with success as well. Which out of the 3 would you recommend for performance and snow? I live in No. VA, so we typically don't get huge snow storms. Thanks.
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Hey Ben,

Have been considering the Alpin PA4's this year to replace my old Blizzaks on my ASA Sport Wheels. I've also used Wintersport 3D's with success as well. Which out of the 3 would you recommend for performance and snow? I live in No. VA, so we typically don't get huge snow storms. Thanks.
Among these the Pilot Alpin PA4 would have the best dry grip, handling and steering response, while the Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 seems to have the best snow and ice traction. We still like the old Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tires, but they a bit older technology and would fall just below the other two.
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Among these the Pilot Alpin PA4 would have the best dry grip, handling and steering response, while the Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 seems to have the best snow and ice traction. We still like the old Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tires, but they a bit older technology and would fall just below the other two.
Thanks. I think I'll go with the Michelin's.
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      10-17-2015, 12:45 PM   #533
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Among these the Pilot Alpin PA4 would have the best dry grip, handling and steering response, while the Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 seems to have the best snow and ice traction. We still like the old Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tires, but they a bit older technology and would fall just below the other two.
Hi Gary,

Is there any way to make the Michelin Alpin PA4's fit on the stock 19" wheels that an e92 m3 has? I see that the front's are available, but I'm not sure which size could fit the rears, since the 265/35 isn't available according to your site?

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Tire size 255/35R19 Michelin PA4 will fit the front 19X9 and rear 19X10 wheels. I can't get ahold of any this season but if you're able to find them elsewhere they will fit. The Blizzak LM32 is available in from us in that size now.
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Gary,
Just purchased the special 275/45/19 for my 9.5" 19 rims Rear. Currently running a stretched 255/35/19 on the 9.5" rear. I know the 45 will be tall but will I have any trouble fitting these?

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275/45R19 is much taller than we've fit on the E90 M3 without rubbing.
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M3s get driven in the winter? Lol. Jk.
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Gary fronts are OK LM-60s rears need replaced. Can you recommend a replacement? on a 9.5" x 19" rim.
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      11-05-2015, 12:16 PM   #539
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Bridgestone tells us that the LM32 can be used on the rear axle with LM60 on the front axle. Use size 255/35R19.

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M3s get driven in the winter? Lol. Jk.
Mine doesn't. Thankfully I have the X5 for that. Trying out a full set of Pirelli Scorpion snows this winter on it. Should be fun
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Tire size 255/35R19 Michelin PA4 will fit the front 19X9 and rear 19X10 wheels. I can't get ahold of any this season but if you're able to find them elsewhere they will fit. The Blizzak LM32 is available in from us in that size now.
Gary, I have Blizzak LM-60 on the front in 255/35/19 and 275/35/19 on my ZCP wheels. I have to order a new front tire cause there is a tear on the sidewall (not sure how that happened), but my Blizzak LM-60's are no longer available.

Now I see you have the Blizzak LM-32, I would like to order two fronts, but will this be okay with my current rear Blizzaks?
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Technically that isn't an approved mix per Bridgesteon. If your LM60 tires have quite a bit of tread depth left (like 8/32nds or more) you could try the mixed setup with the LM32 tires up front to see how unstable it feels, buy four new LM32 tires all around, or check some of the other online shops for a matching LM60 such as Amazon, Ebay or other online tire shops.
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So the LM60's can work on the front with the LM32's in the rear as you stated earlier, but not the other way around? Im trying to understand why, if they're compatible in the rear, why not in the front? I would be replacing both fronts, not just the one tire.
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What do you guys think for wheels? I want something fairly affordable in 18", but that doesn't look like a lame-O winter wheel. Probably 8 or 8.5" width, trying to avoid staggered winter wheels!

I have to run these 5-6 months out of the year, so would prefer a wheels that looks like a quality aftermarket wheel, not an afterthought.
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Also, I should be looking at 235/40-18 for most winter wheels? Does it matter which wheel width I go with for this tire size? Seems like the most common size.
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Best 18" Wheels

I recently purchased Blizzak LM-32 snow tires, staggered 255/40/18s and 235/40/18s.

What 18" wheels do you recommend to put these on?

Preferredly, OEM ZCP style 359s.

What is the optimum wheel widths and offsets for these?
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Is there a better handling tire than the lm-32 out now? I havent looked in a couple years.

I liked its dry road handling performance. I'd like something similar or better in that regard with decent new snow traction too. Dont care about wet performance much. Thanks
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Is there a better handling tire than the lm-32 out now? I havent looked in a couple years.

I liked its dry road handling performance. I'd like something similar or better in that regard with decent new snow traction too. Dont care about wet performance much. Thanks
I have run the Michelin PA4 the past couple years and it's the best winter "performance" tire I've used. I've had various blizzaks, the Dunlops, as well as Continentals and in my opinion the PA4 is the best of the bunch. None of the tread squirm issues the others had and only a minimal reduction in traction when driving in deeper snow here in PA. Very good in the dry, wet, or slush covered roads.
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Are Michelin PA4s available anywhere in the US in 255/40-18 or 265/40-18? I see TireRack has a listing for PA2s on closeout, but listed as out of stock. They also have the LM001s in 255/40-18.
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Square setup on OEM 19" wheels

Would a set of Blizzak LM-32's or Dunlop Winter Sport 3D's at 255/35R19 work for the OEM 19" wheels, or would the rears look pretty stretched?

Trying to find a winter set using the OEM wheels, if possible.
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