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wjjeeper
08-30-2004, 12:02 PM
What do you guys do in the winter? Run the 17's with a snow tire or run a steel 16" rim and snow tires?
Either way what sizes are you guys running on the 16's or the 17's.

Thanks - Ryan

Understated
08-30-2004, 12:35 PM
i think it'd be cheaper to get winter tires for the 16inchers as 17 is considered low pro....no :confused:

wjjeeper
08-30-2004, 02:21 PM
That's what I figured.
I'm looking more at issues with ice build up in the wheelwells when running the 17's. Anyone have input on that?

Mystikal
08-30-2004, 06:23 PM
Get 16's, and alloys never hurt. Narrow also equals better, so run 205/55/16's (lots of tires in that size also).

3x Beemer
08-30-2004, 08:00 PM
Come on now sure full snows are nice for the 3-4 days you need them. In Southern Ontario snow rarely sits on the roads more than a day. I have run both and find all seasons better for every day driving during our winters

wjjeeper
08-31-2004, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by Mystikal
Get 16's, and alloys never hurt. Narrow also equals better, so run 205/55/16's (lots of tires in that size also).

I live in Edmonton and make many ski trips to the mountains. I don't plan on stopping now just b/c I have this car... :)

03 Dinan 3
09-02-2004, 10:07 PM
I have a 325ci and when I bought the car with sport package, I purchased some 18 inch style 71s. I took the 17 inch sports, slapped some winters on them and now I run my sport rims in the winter (with 225s all around). They work fine. Edmonton may have more snow but we had a huge storm last year and my car handled it nicely with DSC off:D

d12
09-03-2004, 06:37 PM
last winter I tryed driving in snow with all seasons, lets just say it was a VERY BAD idea *mumble*

golden
09-08-2004, 11:59 PM
i use 17's in the winter with yoko winter tires

they suck... but its not that bad... 17s should be fine, just get blizzacks or something

HIM
09-09-2004, 11:10 PM
Smaller is usually better.. I have 17's cause the 330 can only fit 17s due to the brakes, otherwise I recommend 16s

Mystikal
09-09-2004, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by HIM
Smaller is usually better.. I have 17's cause the 330 can only fit 17s due to the brakes, otherwise I recommend 16s

At Italia Type 5's fit (the M Contour replicas). :)

rodo
09-10-2004, 12:02 AM
i run 17's with winters, 205's all around

218m3
09-10-2004, 07:37 AM
i run 18" on my x5 in the winter....with 255 all around:idea:

330i CDN
09-13-2004, 01:04 PM
I run Cheapie 17" alloys with 205/50R17XL Pirelli 210 Snowsports. Tires are LOUD, but work very well. Not too bad on dry pavement either, but loud. The theory is to go with something a little narrower than all-season or summer. Seems to cut through better.

Mystikal
09-13-2004, 02:03 PM
Originally posted by 330i CDN
I run Cheapie 17" alloys with 205/50R17XL Pirelli 210 Snowsports. Tires are LOUD, but work very well. Not too bad on dry pavement either, but loud. The theory is to go with something a little narrower than all-season or summer. Seems to cut through better.

Have the 210 Snowsports on the E46 here, don't seem very loud by any means. Hardly noticeable at all.

BMW_M52_M20
09-19-2004, 08:00 PM
Have the 210 Snowsports on the E46 here, don't seem very loud by any means. Hardly noticeable at all.

Yeah, I ran 210 snowsports on the e36, wasn't loud at all. That was the best winter tire I have ever used and it made a noticable difference to the car, the thing was a tank after!
Going to be getting the same things for the e46 when it becomes that time of year :(

Gianpaolo_E46
09-19-2004, 09:02 PM
us smart people run the CRAPPY all seasons bmw puts on the car stock and use em for pure winter rally driving....that and im to cheap to buy winter tires for a leased car

Irie-E46
10-07-2004, 12:15 PM
I was given a set of 205/60/15" that a friend ran on his 1999 328is w/ origninal 17" sport package. They were purchased as a package from a BMW dealer. I am planning on using them on my 2003 325i w/ premium and sport package. Will I have any clearance or performance issues. It appears that the overall diameter is almost the same as my stock tires.

Mystikal
10-07-2004, 01:34 PM
15" wheels won't fit over your brakes. You need 16's.

Irie-E46
10-07-2004, 05:16 PM
Oh no. I assumed that since they fit on my friend's E36 328is with sport package that they would fit on mine. Are the brakes much larger on the E46?

Mystikal
10-07-2004, 09:15 PM
Quite a bit larger.

sonny
10-07-2004, 11:30 PM
16's in the winter, 17's in the summer...

bmwboy88
10-11-2004, 06:01 PM
If you are going to drive your BMW in the winter. There are 2 options:
1) Buy snowtires
2) Buy a winter beater..

Last winter, I drove with 'All Season' and it was a nightmare. I won't be driving this winter in my BMW. I bought a winter beater and will be driving that car!!!