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Old 03-23-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
yrret
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BMW E46 tire and wheels question

Hey guys!

I have a 02 E46 coupe.

Currently it has its oem 205/55r16 winter tires and rims on it.

Spring is here and i am looking to change them to my summer tires.

Question1:
I bought four 205/50r17 tires n rims (formerly on a e46 sedan)... I was wondering if i could put two of them on the front, and get fatter rear tires? is that possible? and would the ideal size be 225/45r17?
Or do i have to use 205/50R17.

Question 2:
I currently have two falken ze912 on the fronts (which i want to use). what brands do you guys recommend for the rear. I don't need the top of the line. but i don't want something shitty. Whats an above average brand of tire/model that i should get.

THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:36 PM   #2
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I'm not an e46 guy, but I can make some points. What size tire also depends on what wheels you're running. If the offset makes them stick out a lot, a wide tire may rub the fender.

As for tire choice... Get the same Falkens.

There is a section specific for wheels and tires and another for 3 series too. Your answers may be lurking there already.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
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You're going to want the same size and brand of tire all around, otherwise you may have weird handling issues. E46's already understeer quite a lot and putting wider tires in the rear would only make that worse.
225/45r17 is the stock size on my 325ci w/sport pkg. It's also what I run with my winter tires on the stock Style 44 rims that are 8" wide. Tires are Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D.
I run 235/40/18 for summer tires on 8" wide BBK RK rims. Tires are Continental ExtremeContact DW and they're great.
I run 255/40/17 for track tires on 9" wide Fast FC01 rims. Tires are Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec.

What are you trying to achieve? Handling? Looks?

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Old 03-24-2014, 10:43 AM   #4
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Great pics you have there jabela. I have the exact same colour 02, 325ci.. i dont think mine is a sport package since it came with the stock 16inch alloys. i think its style 43. Love your headlights, where you get them.

I was more of going with the looks than the handling since i don't track.

Im gonna put on style 73 rims with 205/50r17 tires this week. two of them need replacement cus they are bald. I guess with your advice, i am better off looking for four 205/50r17 tires to make sure they have good handling all around?
I thought that by putting fatter rear tires, it would make the car look better.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:02 PM   #5
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I got those Angel Eyes from DDM Tuning. They're the older 30 LED version.

On your Style 73 rims they're 7" wide, http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/73

You can easily fit 225 tires, and even up to 245 with these Continental tires.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ECDW&tab=Specs

However, you might want wider rims, or you can use spacers to push your rims to out to be more flush with the fender.

If you don't want to change all of your tires, you should order the same or as similar as possible make of tires. If you keep the same width, you can rotate your tires. You could order 225 for your rear tires for a little more grip, but you wont be able to rotate them.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:37 PM   #6
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Great advice! I am aware about the rotation aspect. Good that you brought it up and set me thinking again. Thanks jabela.

Where you install those angel lights? or was it an easy DIY. any error codes?

And looking at those tires, where you recommend in the Toronto area to source for reasonably priced tires.

I have gotten a quote on Yokohama's Envigor.. those are like $210 a piece including installation.

Doubt i can get the Continentals at 116 a piece anywhere here.

My budget was kinda between 120 to 150 a piece.
Thank you so much!
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:46 PM   #7
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Lights were a pretty easy DIY if you're comfortable doing it.

I buy all my tires from Tirerack USA. They're like 50% cheaper there.

Not sure who to buy from locally, I'm sure others can recommend. I think I hear tires23.com is good?

Skinnier tires will cost less. Are you planning on running summer and winter tires/rims? Highly recommended to do that.
If you REALLY can't do that, then I hear Michelin A/S 3 are the best all seasons.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....Speed+Rated%29
My buddy got a good deal on them from Costco.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:51 PM   #8
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Cool...

yes i run summer tires on summer rims. and winter tires on winter rims (currently using gislaved nordfost.. pretty decent).

When you buy from tirerack usa, do u get them to ship to your canadian address or am i better off shipping it to a PO box and get someone to install it there for me?
From your experience, how long is the shipping time?
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:05 PM   #9
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If you're on a budget you could find some used tires to you finish off the falkens... Then get what you really want.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:14 PM   #10
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Cool...

yes i run summer tires on summer rims. and winter tires on winter rims (currently using gislaved nordfost.. pretty decent).

When you buy from tirerack usa, do u get them to ship to your canadian address or am i better off shipping it to a PO box and get someone to install it there for me?
From your experience, how long is the shipping time?
I always picked them up in the USA. You could ship them here, but you'll pay more duties and shipping costs.

One thing you can do is if you take a week long trip to USA, you can either bring them back with you, or if you're flying, declare them as shipping separately and you can still get them duty free.

Alternatively you can have tirerack ship them to a tire ship in the USA, then drive there to have them mounted.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:59 PM   #11
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