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Old 04-20-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
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How harsh are 18's?



I'm thinking of switching the tire/wheel setup on my E36 from 225/45/17 to 225/40/18. How much harsher are the 18's? I know the tires will cost close to 30% more.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Pretty harsh.
IMO 17's are the max limit you should go. Especially on E36s.
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:39 AM   #3
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what is the car ?
I'm running 225-40-18 front 255-35-18 rear on E36 M3 and no rubbing what so ever H&R lowered.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:41 AM   #4
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E36 with H&R Sport. Not worried about rubbing, just ride quality on these potholed streets of ours.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:21 AM   #5
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I'm running 18's with no issue.
17" - too small
19" - too big

18'' - Just right
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #6
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^^^ I agree ... running 18" M Parallel's and loving it. Went from Bottle caps, to 16" double spoke, to 17" DSII's and now running my 18"s. I think 19"s are too big...
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:43 AM   #7
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i think the DSII or contours give u like... bmw sporty racey look.
and 18s look perfect for the car - baller status LOl
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:06 AM   #8
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I'm running 235/35/18s and there is only a slight difference moving from my 17'' winters. Moving from 17'' performance tires would be even less of a difference.

The brand/model of tire also makes a difference, i'm running 912s which are pretty good for a daily. Running 615s, XS, Starspecs or something along those lines will have stiffer sidewalls no matter what size diameter you run.

IMO:
18s for the street
17s for the track.
16s(that clear m3 brakes) or 17s for winters.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:32 AM   #9
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I'm currently on 225/45/17 Contis and plan on moving to 225/40/18 Hankook EVO V12 which ranks right up there for performance with the Dunlop StarSpec but with a soft ride according to the latest C&D road test. So the V12 tire should be a bit more accomodating on the roads but actually have better grip
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:45 PM   #10
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On 225/40/18 Toyo T1R's. the grip is amazing, hard to slide out even in the rain. they're about $300 each. it is kind of a harsh ride though, I think it's more to do with my coilovers and Poly bushings. I have yet to try a nice set of 17's with good tires. I'm sure it would make quite a difference though. not unbearable running on 18's, just a personal preference. If I hadnt had so much invested in my rims i'd switch to 17's.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:45 PM   #11
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Go with 18's, you won't regret it. Had them on my e36 and now on my e46 with no complaints
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:37 PM   #12
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1personally I think 17" is the PERFECT size for an e36. However.....

can't go wrong with 19" LM's
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:21 PM   #13
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All of you there ride 235 widht top in the front, any reason?
Im gonna put on 245/40/17 on next monday and you got me worried, is it too wide for the front?
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:54 AM   #14
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I am running the stock M3 set-up on my 328is with DSII... 225/45/17 & 245/40/17.

I just wrapped the rims in Conti's for $560. and the very first day was a down pour and no sliding or wheel spin. So to spend $300 ea. on a tire is ludacris! and and lowered on H&R's!
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:13 AM   #15
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I heard anything thing bigger than the stock tires will put considerable on all four corners of your cars components. Such as wheel bearings and bushings.
And the bigger your go '17 and up' the more chance you have and replacing those parts every year. Apparently its a big weak point on the E36's
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