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Old 04-08-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Recommend 205/55 16s for me?

I just had 4 new tires put on and after reading some reviews would like to exchange them. Any recommendations? The ones I got are Pirelli P6 Four Seasons. Reviews say they suck. They were not my choice, that's why I want to exchange them. Price was $175 each. Ideas?
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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Yeah, they suck.

Does winter performance matter? If not, Falken ZE-912. If so, Continental ContiExtremeContact or Michelin Pilot Sport Exalto A/S.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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Im pretty satisfied with my Falken Ziex 912.
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:10 AM   #4
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Not concerned with winter performance. These will be mu summer tires, which is why I'm not happy with what I have on there now. I did some searching and now I'm considering Pirelli PZero Neros. Anybody here use these?
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:43 AM   #5
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Nero's are not very good. The reason they're affordable is because they are on closeout.

PZero (just PZero with no other names attached, the newest model) is an amazing one, but it's easily twice the cost of the average summer tire.

Kumho SPT, Fuzion ZRi, BFGoodrich KDW & G-Force Sport, Falken FK-452, Toyo T1-R, Michelin Pilot Exalto, Goodyear F1 GS-D3....these are all excellent tires.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. The Goodyear F1 GS-D3 was my first choice but nobody in the GTA has them.

On a side note, what do I need to do to run fat, low-profile tires on say a 17 or 18 inch rim? I want to stay away from lowering my car, and I don't fully understand wheel-spacing, offset and bolt patterns. What tire size should I look at to acheive this look?
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You'd need wheels wide enough to support a wide tire, and the correct offset for the entire combo to sit in the proper spot within the wheel well without contacting the suspension/chassis/body.

What car is this for? And what wheels are you using right now?
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You'd need wheels wide enough to support a wide tire, and the correct offset for the entire combo to sit in the proper spot within the wheel well without contacting the suspension/chassis/body.

What car is this for? And what wheels are you using right now?
This would be for my 2000 323i. Right now I have some OEM 16s.
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:58 AM   #9
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Lots of room in those fenders. You could fit 17x9 or 18x9 wheels all around with an offset of +40, give or take a few mm. Then you can mount 255/40/17 or 255/35/18 tires.

Of course there are dozens of other possibilities here, that's just a basic example.
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Thanks for the examples Mystikal. What role does the offset play? I do not understand the meaning of a 40mm offset.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:05 PM   #11
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[quote=BabyHerc;1287159]Thanks for the info. The Goodyear F1 GS-D3 was my first choice but nobody in the GTA has them.

In London and did find them quite easily... no one has them in Toronto that's weird? I considered buying them again but I went for Michelin.

Michelin exalto A/S or Primacy MXV4 (not the regular Primacy which are shitty) are very good choices... if you want the real sporty feel and performance go for Pilot Sport PS2. They're much better overall and much quieter than the GS-D3's (I am very impressed). Bridgestone Re 760 or re 960 pole position, Re 50 pole position, are apparently good. Just make sure you know what your priorities are. One can spend a lot on this...
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:29 PM   #12
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Thanks for the examples Mystikal. What role does the offset play? I do not understand the meaning of a 40mm offset.
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/...jsp?techid=101
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