View Full Version : Winter Tire Offset for an M3?

11-06-2004, 04:56 PM
Need snows but will get a cold if I've got to cough up $3,400 for a winter tire package from BMW. Third party winter packages should be about $1,900 - $2,000 so much less that dealer price BUT.....

Looking at 225/45HR17, either Dunlop Winter Sport M3 or Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2 but a little concerned on getting the proper rims. Currently have 225/40/ZR19 on the fronts, and 255/35/ZR19 on the backs, so got to figure winter rims will need an offset on the backs, or at least different from the fronts to make them fit properly.

Looked at a number of rims ($200 - $300 ea.) claiming to be for the M3 but with offsets ranging from 13 to 38.

Could use some help here to know what I need or at least ask the right questions to make sure the tire rep isn't snowing me.

11-06-2004, 11:13 PM
When I take off my snows I will check, have some new ones come in. I would check with Rob at Tunerworks for a nice package, and a good price. I have the dealer set, they are really overpriced, sold it for way to cheap. Good luck. Off the top of my head, I think the offset it really high. Anything you get will look a little odd in that size out back because it will sit inside the wheel well, even the OEM ones, but they are designed for our car. Im gonna be running spacers in the rear with my new OZ's.

11-08-2004, 03:04 PM
go for the Michelin Pilot Alpin's ! got those on the CSL now..

don't have the second series.. they say there better.. but these are great though

11-08-2004, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the feedback.

Learned that some rims already have the offset difference built in between the front and backs, i.e 38 mm and 20 mm (Fast Strasse 17X8J, 5 parallel spoke alloys). The summer OEMs are 255 and 235 (backs and fronts) so the 18 - 20 mm difference seems reasonable. It came down to a choice between Michelins and Dunlops. According to the tire techies, Alpins are built with a softer compound (good on ice, not so great in snow, may wear faster). I'm planning to put on Dunlop Run Flat M3 Winter Sports 225/45R17. Wider thread, harder compound (more noise??) but supposedly still decent on ice. Several folks cautioned tpo stay away from the Pirellis.

Whole package will be about $2K plus tax.

11-08-2004, 08:07 PM
I used Michlines last year, they were OK, I will be running the M3 this year, heard good things. The new Pirellis are not that bad, my parents run them on their S500 and S55 and have not had any complaints.

11-14-2004, 02:16 PM
Does anyone know if the 19" M3 Double Spoke Alloy Wheels - Style 67M, that come stock on the m3 fit the offset for my 325ci in the rears that are 19"x9.5?

11-14-2004, 07:50 PM
www.michelin.com maybe

11-24-2004, 05:47 PM
is there anywhere else to get E46 M3 winter rim/tire combos at a decent price? also what exactly is the offset on the rear wheels?? will 5 series rims fit the rear of this car? what is the smallest rim size i can run on this car?

11-25-2004, 05:58 PM
For the wheels BMW uses for the winter tire package, Front offset is ET:25 and Rear is ET:47

17" is the smallest you can go on E46 M3.

11-25-2004, 06:22 PM
ok thanks, i dont know the offset on the e36M3 steelies either....but would the E36 M3 winter steelies from Bmw fit the E46 M3? probably no but just curious....

11-25-2004, 06:34 PM
Steelies for an M3? They're probably 16's too, so, no.