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      12-22-2011, 09:50 AM   #375
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225/40R18 slightly small, but only 1 size smaller than the smallest recommended 235/40R18. Wheel size should be fine as long as they clear the front brakes.
I will check before I buy thank you for the help.
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      02-01-2012, 03:51 PM   #376
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I'm in the dire need of winter tires for my M3(comp pkg). It will be delivered on (21 Nov) with a staggered set up for the summer on the day I pick her up . I'm contemplating on the winter set up because it will be used daily. Only serious issue is that they would have to be mailed to an APO address. Are you able to ship with tires mounted? Thx in advance for any recommendations.

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      04-16-2012, 08:14 PM   #377
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I have been receiving a lot of questions about this, and the website has not gotten the winter packages up for the M3, so I am putting winter package info out here for everyone.

BMW Recommended winter setup is 235/40R18 with 18x8 wheels all around. This will fit, although it does not fill the fender well in the rear. The narrower tires are better in snow and ice.

The best winter wheel is the Sport Edition A7


They have a silver painted and clearcoat finish, and are a direct fit with no spacer. They will even use the original bolts. I have used this style for 3 winters. They will not win any car show trophies, but they have held up well, and they look fine on a BMW .

18x8 is $129. 18x9 is $134 for those who want to keep the staggered setup.

If you want a staggered setup, use 255/40R18 for the Rear. The only snow tire in 265/40 is a Pirelli that will not be here until late October/early November. A little narrower will help in snow anyway. Front can be 245 or 235/40R18.

Tires are pretty much all good. Most popular are the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25's and Dunlop Wintersport 3D's. The new Pilot Alpin PA3's look very good as well. The Pirellis and Continentals are the sportiest handling, but the least focused on snow, more of a cold-weather performance tire, but still much better than all-season tires in snow.

An example cost for a package would be around $1400 with non-staggered Blizzak LM-25's delivered. Add $200 to any package to have BMW original Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS) installed. That will prevent the annoying "low tire pressure" light from coming on. (Unless you really have a flat)

The website does not show the wheels yet, but I am always in the office Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM Eastern. 800.428.8355 x660
Our website should have most of this info up soon.

Please visit: http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=AW8&...nter/index.jsp
One question Ben, I have this set of wheel and I'm thinking about to get a set of BBK, will Stoptech 380mm kit fit the Sport Edition A7?
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      05-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #378
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I have a 335xi with snow tires and I obviously have no problem in the snow..... I live up a steep hill..... Do any of you have problems in your M3's going up steep inclines with say 3-4" I live in CT....

I am planning on buying an M3 soon...

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      06-10-2012, 05:35 PM   #379
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For the A7 package, can I run 18x9 all around? Will the 235/40/18 Blizzaks give any rim protection for this size?

I ask because on the Tire Rack website, 18x9 is cheaper than 18x8.
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Hey Ben --

I thought I heard or read somewhere that the A7 wheels are being discontinued? Is that true?

I have an 011 E92 with ZCP...Looking to run 18's winter set all around if that will work on ZCP..I might want to just put snows on my current wheels/tpms as it is a lease vehicle that will be returned at lease end.

PM me options as they become available please. Very limited selection on the .com right now (as I expected). I've had very good luck with Dunlop WS 3D on previous RWD and AWD vehicles.

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      06-18-2012, 09:04 AM   #381
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The A7 is not discontinued in general, although it looks like the 18x9 that some had used for staggered snow packages is discontinued. 18x8 is not listed as discontinued, so unless I hear differently those will continue for the foreseeable future.

There are still a few 18x9 left, but once those are gone I do not expect more.

Wintersport 3D is available in 18" snow sizes 235/40R18 and 245/40R18.
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      07-12-2012, 10:32 AM   #382
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The A7 is not discontinued in general, although it looks like the 18x9 that some had used for staggered snow packages is discontinued. 18x8 is not listed as discontinued, so unless I hear differently those will continue for the foreseeable future.

There are still a few 18x9 left, but once those are gone I do not expect more.
Ben, are the 18x9s all gone?

Also, any idea when the blacks will be back in stock?

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      07-12-2012, 09:43 PM   #383
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Hi Ben,

Had a good experience buying from tirerack before, planning on purchasing again from you.

Do you know when the winter tires should start becoming more available?

I am looking for performance winter tires in the following sizes:

- 235 / 35 R19 (2 fronts)
- 255 / 35 R19 (2 rears)

EDIT: These would be for the 19 inch Avant Garde ZCP replicas,

Front Wheel Size:19x9 ET18
Rear Wheel Size:19x10 ET25

If you'd recommend different tire sizes, please let me know.

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      07-13-2012, 09:14 AM   #384
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Would it be okay to put 235 45 18s on stock 18"s (square setup with two sets of front rims) ? I want to put blizzaks but there isn't 235 40 18s blizzaks on tirerack.com. (LM60)
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      09-02-2012, 07:26 AM   #385
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I am unsure if I will have to drive further than a mile round trip in the winter on a daily basis
but if I have to I found sets of the replica rims for a nice price anything wrong with running replica m3,5,6 replica 18"s with a set of blizzaks on them ? I ordered the car with the competition package I am assuming there is no clearance issues though as far as the wheelhub/brake calipers ?
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      09-12-2012, 01:04 AM   #386
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It's already snowing in the mountains here so I'm starting to think about a winter wheel/tire package. Anyone have info on the Alpin PA4? Wintersport 4D? It looks like Tire Rack put the correct PA4 photo up and they look good but sizes are certainly limited. I guess 245/40/18 square would work.

What's the scoop with wheel availability on Tire Rack? The winter tire package thingy says there are zero wheel options for E90 M3. hmmm
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      09-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #387
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Just received winter set-up for M being delivered next month

Hi;
I bought Tire Rack's recommendation of the A7 rims (staggered 18x8 and 18x9) and Dunlop 3D's (235 and 255). 18" for the snows. My first rear-wheel drive in years. I hope advances in traction and tire tech help.
M3 scheduled for delivery Oct 8th @ the Welt (19" summer tires).
Getting very exciting!
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I bought Tire Rack's recommendation of the A7 rims (staggered 18x8 and 18x9) and Dunlop 3D's (235 and 255). 18" for the snows. My first rear-wheel drive in years. I hope advances in traction and tire tech help.
M3 scheduled for delivery Oct 8th @ the Welt (19" summer tires).
Getting very exciting!
im so torn on what setup to order !!! or if i can get lucky and get a used set .

Car isnt even scheduled for a delivery date yet though so I have some time to think !
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ben do the a7's fit the stoptech trophy 380mm bbk?
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I'm getting the feeling Ben is not checking this thread.
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The A7 is not discontinued in general, although it looks like the 18x9 that some had used for staggered snow packages is discontinued. 18x8 is not listed as discontinued, so unless I hear differently those will continue for the foreseeable future.

There are still a few 18x9 left, but once those are gone I do not expect more.

Wintersport 3D is available in 18" snow sizes 235/40R18 and 245/40R18.


OK, so after looking at ALL these threads. I need to pull the trigger. Jut not sure which one. Ordering winter wheels for 2011 M3 sedan ZCP Space Grey

Wheels: Sports Edition A7 in black, 18 inch: are these available? Should I go staggered or same size? What are my other options like Breyton wheels??

Tires: What are the most cost effective tires. I used to have the Michelin Blizzak on the 540 and they were great.

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tirerack guys - What would be the total cost for this??

Thanks,
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OK, so after looking at ALL these threads. I need to pull the trigger. Jut not sure which one. Ordering winter wheels for 2011 M3 sedan ZCP Space Grey

Wheels: Sports Edition A7 in black, 18 inch: are these available? Should I go staggered or same size? What are my other options like Breyton wheels??

Tires: What are the most cost effective tires. I used to have the Michelin Blizzak on the 540 and they were great.

Center Cap - BMW

tirerack guys - What would be the total cost for this??

Thanks,
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I just ordered avant garde replica 18" with LM60 from pyspeed. not sure how they are yet, but i can post back when i get them.
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Was very hard for me to find pictures of anyone else who had run a square setup of 18s; VMR no longer makes the right offset which was pretty frustrating as I had my mind set on some CSLs. Jurrian @ **********s helped hook me up with a set of 18x8.5" ET20 Miro 111s in Matte Black which look fantastic (in the box anyway)! I'll be running 245/40 Michelin PA3s on all corners.

Will post pics of them on the car in November/when it gets cold, but hopefully this will make known another decent-looking 18" square option for the M3. I ran the Sport Edition A7/ASA JH3 wheels on my previous 2 cars, but could not stand the thought of putting them on the M.

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Was very hard for me to find pictures of anyone else who had run a square setup of 18s; VMR no longer makes the right offset which was pretty frustrating as I had my mind set on some CSLs. Jurrian @ **********s helped hook me up with a set of 18x8.5" ET20 Miro 111s in Matte Black which look fantastic (in the box anyway)! I'll be running 245/40 Michelin PA3s on all corners.

Will post pics of them on the car in November/when it gets cold, but hopefully this will make known another decent-looking 18" square option for the M3. I ran the Sport Edition A7/ASA JH3 wheels on my previous 2 cars, but could not stand the thought of putting them on the M.

Those wheels look great. Do those wheels require any spacers or anything special to fit the M3?
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Those wheels look great. Do those wheels require any spacers or anything special to fit the M3?


I was actually going to ask the same thing. I have a set of Dunlop 3D in 245/40/18 from my previous car and was wondering if these would fit (with 8.5" diameter wheels) on the M3/ZCP and clear the brakes. I assume from the previous post that 8.5 inch wheels are the correct diameter for these tires.
Anybody have any experience with this setup?
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