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      09-21-2012, 07:35 AM   #1
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Arrow Anyone try 255/40/19 F and 275/40/19R on 220Ms w/12mm spacers?

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I'm considering installing a good set of all seasons on my 220M 19's. I've been exploring different options over the past few days.

I was initially set on getting 255/35/19 and 275/35/19 tires but considering the pothole filled roads of BMore...I think a higher profile tire (40) would be better over the long term.

My car's suspension is bone stock and as such have plenty of clearance (i think). This wheel/tire combo is strictly DD only. I also have 12mm spacers all around.

Please let me know the pros and cons of trying the 255/40/19 F and 275/40/19R set up.
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      09-22-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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Bump for advise from experts here
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      09-22-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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I think u will rub with 40s, I run 255/275/35/19 continental dws and its close, due to being all season, plus contis run a tad wider(like Michelins), I don't recommend, but there are far more knowledgeable folks on here that might know. Good luck
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The 255/40/19s would definitely rub. Those are taller than 265/35/19s.
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I think u will rub with 40s, I run 255/275/35/19 continental dws and its close, due to being all season, plus contis run a tad wider(like Michelins), I don't recommend, but there are far more knowledgeable folks on here that might know. Good luck
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The 255/40/19s would definitely rub. Those are taller than 265/35/19s.
Even with 12mm spacers up front?
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      09-22-2012, 06:29 PM   #6
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Why not put a little extra into getting dedicated 18" winter wheel/tire setup? I too live in MD...not too far from you and have been thinking about going this route. I am sure there is someone on the boards from TireRack (think his name is Ben)...
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yes, they'll rub, those are f'ing huge for the m3.

you MIGHT be able to get away with 235 or 245 in a 40 profile 19". 255/40 will be way too tall in a 19. 255/40 works in 18 but not 19.

245/40R19 would likely work on the rear but not on the front. you could do 225/40R19 front (e46 m3 front oem 19) and 245/40R19 rear and have narrower than stock but i doubt you want that for tires are not dedicated snows

tire construction matters a lot more than 5 % points of sidewall profile. a Continental DWS in 255/35R19 275/35R19 will ride SIGNIFICANTLY smoother and softer than a PS2/PSS in that sizing
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Sorry OP I don't mean to thread jack but why would spacers make a difference as to what profile could be used? Especially a bigger size.. I'd say they are more for people with thinner tires wanting a flush look. Like I said don't mean to thread jack, quite curious actually.
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I'm sure you are pretty much going to rub hard.
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^^^This 255/40-19, with or without spacers, will rub on the fender liner!
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