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Old 05-09-2008, 02:36 AM   #1
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Staggared tires and fitment for NON-M's

For those wanting to do a staggared fitment on a non-m (or M) and are weight/fuel conscious i've been playing around with a few thinner sizes to get the proper RPM (or at least close to)
i've tried other combinations only to find out on the highway or on bumpy roads (train tracks too) it likes to trip my ASC+T, so with these combinations you are ASC+T safe :p

max size that should be on the front of any e36 is 225, anymore and you run into rub issues and tire wear issues (choppiness, bad alignment effect etc)

18"
Front: 225/45/18
Rear: 245/40/18

17" rims
Front: 205/50/17
Rear: 225/45/17

16" Rims
Front: (#1) 195/60/16 OR (#2) 205/55/16
Rear: (#1) 205/55/16 OR (#2) 225/50/16

15" Rims
Front: (#1) 195/65/15 OR (#2) 205/60/15
Rear: (#1) 215/60/15 OR (#2) 225/55/15 <-- really difficult size to get, you were warned !
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:38 AM   #2
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You forgot 19"

And the 18" sizes seem to be a bit off with regards to the sidewall, they're a bit big. F should be 225/40/18 and R 245/35/18, any more and you're straying out of the stock overall wheel+tire diameter.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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17" 245/40/17 works too.
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:17 PM   #4
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i used to run

225/45/17 in the front
245/45/17 in the rear

with no rubbing on M3 suspension
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:50 PM   #5
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Some of your sizes are way too big. 25" is the max diameter an E36 should run. Also, my car came with 235's up front stock, so don't say that there will be clearance/alignment/treadwear issues.
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^^also, there's no such thing as "non-m" fitment on a e36. anything that will fit an M3 will fit any other e36.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:53 AM   #7
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db4kworld, your right, thats one of the sizes that rubbed
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i have a list here, but lots of grease scribbles and doctor like writing, i'll try to decipher and re-edit if i still can
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:39 PM   #8
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I'm running 225/45/17 in the front and 245/45/17 in the back. I'm tucking my rear wheels. No rubbing or treadwear issues. However, I plan to opt for 245/40/17 in the back once I lower the car. Keep in mind my 328 came with the sport suspension which is similar to E36 M3 ride height. I was at Bimmersport once and I saw an E36 M3 with 265's in the back.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:46 PM   #9
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I have a set of style 68's and am running 235/45-17 front and 255/40-17 rear.
Slightly lowered and the rears rubbed just a touch on the inner surface on hard cornering. So I hammered it in a little. The only reason the rears fit is because the offset is 50.
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^^ Can you put up a recent picture of your car
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:20 PM   #11
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Any particular angle?

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^^ Can you put up a recent picture of your car
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:03 PM   #12
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One that illustrates your wheel gap and fitment.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:46 PM   #13
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My 245/45/17's on M68's rub on hard corners, big bumps, passengers....I may hammer the lip too.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:12 AM   #14
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Don't roll the fenders because of the way too large tires, you're just asking for rust trouble when it's not necessary. Get 245/40/17 tires.
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mine are 215/35/18 on an 8.5" rim
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