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Axxe
05-23-2004, 05:03 AM
Basically, how wide can I go? I was thinking 225/45/16 (may be wrong aspect ratio, just off the top of my head) and a deepdish wheel. For tires I am going to try out Falken Azenis Sport tires, and would like to know where to buy them and how they behave in the rain. Also, if I can fit in a wider rim in the back, and a wider tire, what size would I need to use? 17" combo would also be nice, but 16" is about right in my opinion, to give a nice clean look with enough sidewall to absorb road imperfections - lets face it, Ontario roads suck monkey balls.

MR 325
05-23-2004, 10:35 AM
I would go with 215, but I think 225 is the max that MIGHT fit.

Azenis are great but they do wear pretty quick.

16's are a good choice, the perfect size for an E30

Mystikal
05-23-2004, 03:01 PM
225/45/16 will fit with the correct offset, think ET25 or so.

Azenis only come in 215/45/16, which is still close to the original size. They wear fast, but holy crap wait until you feel the traction capability. You also hear every pebble hit your fender liners, it's hilarious.

Don't stagger your tire width, keep it balanced.

Axxe
05-23-2004, 03:52 PM
How are they in the rain mystikal?

Jordan
05-23-2004, 05:16 PM
Azenis are known for thier scary grip (or lack of it) in the rain.

felixthecat
05-23-2004, 05:17 PM
ive seen 225/55/16 on an e30...looked so beefy

MR 325
05-23-2004, 10:38 PM
Jordan, agreed

Mystikal
05-24-2004, 10:52 PM
Being dead serious here, I've never felt a better tire in the rain. From a rolling start, it's absolutely impossible to break them loose at all. Maybe they will start to hydroplane as they wear, but for now I can do 100mph+ in the insane 2"/day rainfall we've been getting this weekend. I never expected this type of performance at all.

Axxe
05-24-2004, 10:58 PM
That's good to know. Thanks for the input guys. Now does anyone know of a good wheel/tire shop in the GTA? I don't want to get killed by shipping and I want to see some wheels in person to pick em out.

Jordan
05-25-2004, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by Mystikal
Being dead serious here, I've never felt a better tire in the rain. From a rolling start, it's absolutely impossible to break them loose at all. Maybe they will start to hydroplane as they wear, but for now I can do 100mph+ in the insane 2"/day rainfall we've been getting this weekend. I never expected this type of performance at all.

Being dead serious here, that is the complete opposite of everything I have ever heard about that tire. Moreover... I have a feeling you have never driven on some really good/expensive summer tires.

I have rode in a e30 325i on Azenis tires, both dry and wet. Dry was nothing compared to the SO-3's I used to have on the e36 M3, and wet was just down right scary.

Mystikal, are you m42 or m20 powered?

Mystikal
05-25-2004, 02:38 AM
M20.

I've driven cars on RE730's, Pilot Sports, ContiSports, FM901's...a rather wide range of high-po rubber. After running the 14" Azenis on my baskets for the past month or so, I swapped on my new 16" BBS RX's with used RE730's. I now remember what it feels like to slip on wet pavement, I seriously couldn't do it without SERIOUSLY trying with the Falken's. A few guys from this site have been in the car with me in the rain, and they know just how deliberate I have to be with throttle and steering to kick the tail out, it just won't budge on its own. If I'm being smooth with the controls try to be quick rather than drifting, I've never felt such a solid tire in the wet.

rwh11385
05-25-2004, 08:44 AM
My 2 cents.

Everyone rides ES100's like they were magic or something, and probably they are. Nice and cheap, but performance to boot. Good in rain and great in dry.

But I had Bridgestone 950's on my last car, and they were good in the dry and real tight in the wet, so I have the feeling that 750's wouldn't let one down either.....

If you don't want to pay top dollar for S03's 225/45, $107 a tire for 205/50 RE750s would be good....or then again ES100's.

I have 205/50-16 ES100s are they are a great tire. Love them.