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      10-04-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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What size winter tires for stock 18" 220m wheels ?

Hey guys, I am going to purchase winter tires soon for my stock 19" 220m wheels. I was planning on going with the Blizzak LM-60's, if I cant find the right size then ill go with the next best. What I needed to know is what size tires should I be getting ? Can you guys give me a range of sizes for both front and back.

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Hey guys, I am going to purchase winter tires soon for my stock 18" 220m wheels. I was planning on going with the Blizzak LM-60's, if I cant find the right size then ill go with the next best. What I needed to know is what size tires should I be getting ? Can you guys give me a range of sizes for both front and back.

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220's are 19"
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      10-04-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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sorry I meant 19". I need to know the range which i cant go lower or higher and also. Would really appreciate the help !
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Go with stock tire sizes....? The thinnest I'd go would be 235/35/19 front and 255/35/19 rear.
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what would be the highest or thickest you would go ?
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what would be the highest or thickest you would go ?
255/35 front, 275/35 rear
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Hey guys, I am going to purchase winter tires soon for my stock 19" 220m wheels. I was planning on going with the Blizzak LM-60's, if I cant find the right size then ill go with the next best. What I needed to know is what size tires should I be getting ? Can you guys give me a range of sizes for both front and back.

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255/35 front, 275/35 rear
Yep. I have 255/35-19 front and 275/35-19 rear LM60s on my stock ZCP wheels for my winter setup. Worked well last winter. Granted, last winter was fairly mild, but I think this setup should be fine for around here.
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now im looking at the dunlop sp winter 3d tires. Would 235/35/19 front 255.35.19 rear be ok ? or is bigger better ?
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now im looking at the dunlop sp winter 3d tires. Would 235/35/19 front 255.35.19 rear be ok ? or is bigger better ?
That would be great. A bit thinner than OEM and just a bit shorter, but for winter tires thinner is better anyway.
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Narrower is better for the snow but you end up with a lower profile and less rim protection from curbing. Both of which are bad. It's a balance and each approach has trade off's but I would go with 245/35 or 255/35 in the front and 255/35, 265/35, or 275/35 in the rear. My suggestion will happen to look better too. I don't like the site of narrower than stock tires on an M3. You live in NYC which sees snow but isn't it limited to only a few days out of the year? If that is the case, I would definitely go with the bigger tire sizes.
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now im looking at the dunlop sp winter 3d tires. Would 235/35/19 front 255.35.19 rear be ok ? or is bigger better ?
I literally have that exact setup on my 220's. snow performance is amazing - it is like driving a tractor and can get me through just about anything until clearance is an issue, and even then I've made it through some deep snow. however, if I had to do it again, I would go with either stock (245/265) or stock-plus (255/275) sizing purely for the cosmetics. Sure the performance wonít be quite as good in deep snow as the skinnier setup like I have (235/255), but they will look much better. The detrimental appearance of slightly shorter and slightly skinnier tires are easy to notice for guys like us that troll these forums. Unless you lived in a remote area of Canada thatís not always plowed and depended on your M3 every day, you can afford to give up the minor difference in performance. Snow tires make such an incredible difference in any size. Youíll be fine Ė my suggestion is to go for 245 in front and 265 in rear.
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The Dunlop Winters do not come in 265/35-19 nor 245/35-19. Is there a good similar snow tire (one that is still somewhat sporty and not a true dedicated snow tire) that does?
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yeah that is what I was searching for, so I have no choice but to get 235/35 and 255/35. Would it not be good for winter driving in NYC? or would it just be best to go with another brand ?
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I did a quick search on Tire Rack and they have the following:

Bridgestone LM60 and Pirelli Sottozero (255's on backorder) are both available in 255/35, 265/35

Bridgestone LM60 in 255/35, 275/35
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I literally have that exact setup on my 220's. snow performance is amazing - it is like driving a tractor and can get me through just about anything until clearance is an issue, and even then I've made it through some deep snow. however, if I had to do it again, I would go with either stock (245/265) or stock-plus (255/275) sizing purely for the cosmetics. Sure the performance wonít be quite as good in deep snow as the skinnier setup like I have (235/255), but they will look much better. The detrimental appearance of slightly shorter and slightly skinnier tires are easy to notice for guys like us that troll these forums. Unless you lived in a remote area of Canada thatís not always plowed and depended on your M3 every day, you can afford to give up the minor difference in performance. Snow tires make such an incredible difference in any size. Youíll be fine Ė my suggestion is to go for 245 in front and 265 in rear.
Do you have a picture of your car with this setup? Curious to see what it looks like?
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Go with stock tire sizes....? The thinnest I'd go would be 235/35/19 front and 255/35/19 rear.
+1 That's exactly the sizes I ordered from Tirerack and I got the Blizzak
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