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      08-14-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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Winter Rims

I've been known to bend a rim or two in the winter from potholes...so this time around with the M3's 19's I'm not interested in doing it again. What rims do you guys recommend for dedicated winter use (i'm not talking about tires like this thread http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161424 )

RIMS either 17's or 18's

p.s. Maybe they could be used to mount some race rubber if I ever get into doing AutoX or trackdays, but this would be secondary and not my main focus...
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I've been known to bend a rim or two in the winter from potholes...so this time around with the M3's 19's I'm not interested in doing it again. What rims do you guys recommend for dedicated winter use (i'm not talking about tires like this thread http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161424 )

RIMS either 17's or 18's

p.s. Maybe they could be used to mount some race rubber if I ever get into doing AutoX or trackdays, but this would be secondary and not my main focus...
17s won't clear the front brakes. OEM 18s would be fine. Forged 18s the best.
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With winter wheels a non-staggered setup is the best for traction and control. Not totally essential though. I can't remember the recommended style for the M3, but I know a couple members have it.
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With winter wheels a non-staggered setup is the best for traction and control. Not totally essential though. I can't remember the recommended style for the M3, but I know a couple members have it.
True, skinnier is better for snow--thy just don't look very good under the big wells.
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ok so 18's it is....now to find a RIM that looks good...
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With winter wheels a non-staggered setup is the best for traction and control. Not totally essential though. I can't remember the recommended style for the M3, but I know a couple members have it.
Style 270M, 235/40 R18, once again a pic of bastet's car:



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how much does that setup cost? i remember reading in the manual that bmw recommends 235/40 18's for the car, but so far tirerack doesnt have any non-staggered setups listed as available for the car
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how much does that setup cost? i remember reading in the manual that bmw recommends 235/40 18's for the car, but so far tirerack doesnt have any non-staggered setups listed as available for the car
€ 1,800 + VAT in Germany (incl tires), but I don't know if these are available in the US at all.


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I was planning on getting a winter set but seeing that I have a daily beater I opted not to. I'm just going to avoid the snow completely and only take it out on dry days when the weather is at least 40F or higher. Save that money and go on vacation.
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I was planning on getting a winter set but seeing that I have a daily beater I opted not to. I'm just going to avoid the snow completely and only take it out on dry days when the weather is at least 40F or higher. Save that money and go on vacation.
yeah I thought about that but its not really the snow that I'm worried about since I have a beater also (Element) its the pot holes that we have in Northern NJ and NY, obviously winter rims will have snow rubbers on but I don't feel like bending the 19's, I may buy some stock 18's if someone is selling for a good price...
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i think the reccomended bmw 18 inch winter tire size allows for tire chains. when i bought my dunlop winter tires i remeber the guy at tirerack telling me that. I bought a set of M6 knock-offs for my car (05 m3) and after about 4 weeks they were TOAST. Also, they required a ton of lead to get them close to balanced. Beware of the chinese knock-offs.
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270M! That's it!

They look pretty good for winters, IMO. 1800 euro + VAT isn't cheap at all though.
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270M! That's it!

They look pretty good for winters, IMO. 1800 euro + VAT isn't cheap at all though.
Yep, they're nice. They better are at € 2,142 in Germany.

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i think the reccomended bmw 18 inch winter tire size allows for tire chains.
Yes, I think so.


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oem 18;s or a cheap 19 from tire rack
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oem 18;s or a cheap 19 from tire rack
yeah i may go w/ the 19's route since I'm not liking too many styles I see in 18's

anywhere else to shop other then tirerack?

I have my eye on the Breyton GTS's, but wouldn't those defeat the purpose of winter wheels to protect my stockers from potholes....
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What size 18" wheel with what offset would fit 235/40 R18 tires on the M3? Not looking to spend the coin for OEM wheels.

I'm looking for a true winter set up and keep the OEM 19's in storage. I can sacrifice "performance" snow tires for a true snow tire.
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This is the BMW recommended set-up as shown above.

Priced at $581 a piece.
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Will these work?

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This is the BMW recommended set-up as shown above.

Priced at $581 a piece.
Not an expert on winters for this car, but 235/40 is smaller OD than the stock 245/40 fronts & certainly the 265/40 rears. Functionally, a 225/45-18 should work well, but it may look a little whimpy and be overpowered easily in the dry. There are several choices in 245/40 as an alternative.
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17s won't clear the front brakes. OEM 18s would be fine. Forged 18s the best.
What about E46 M3 18's? Would these work?
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What about E46 M3 18's? Would these work?
Offsets are not correct. Fronts may work with 10mm spacers. I'm sure someone has tested these.
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painful that there are still no real (reasonably priced) options for winter rims......
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