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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Sep-02-2010, 02:51:59 AM   #11
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I like the way narrow tires run in the winter. I was running 185's on my Corrado and the steering was superb. I vote 225's on the 7.5's.
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I like the way narrow tires run in the winter. I was running 185's on my Corrado and the steering was superb. I vote 225's on the 7.5's.
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Old Thu, Sep-02-2010, 04:06:06 AM   #13
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Orly?


Edit: Would I be okay running 225s on 8.5s?
Yes. They stretch a tad, but they're fine. I run 225 squared on my staggered DSII's. The car is pretty good in the snow. Though it looks ridiculous with 225's back there.

FWIW, I daily drive a WRX (that rides on blizzaks in the winter). So when I say the M3 is pretty good in the snow with 225's, I mean it's pretty good in the snow.

Here's a vid to get you in the mood. Not so much on snow as it was ice (thawed and froze over), but it handles well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7Wuv0Sshbs
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Old Thu, Sep-02-2010, 04:50:11 AM   #14
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Hey all... I'm about to pull the trigger on a set of winter wheels/tires. I'm looking at two different sets of OEM Contours. One set is square (7.5) and the other is staggered (7.5/8.5).

The staggered set might be just a little rougher (8.5/10 vs. 9/10), but both sets are in pretty decent shape and they're the same price.

Normally, I'd probably just go with the square set since they're a bit nicer and the narrower width lends itself well to snow tire use. But I'm tempted to go with the staggered set in case I want to ditch my DSIIs and run the Contours as summer wheels eventually.

Also, I kind of have it in the back of my head that down the road if I want to go from staggered to square I could trade the two rear Contours for two fronts and a spare...

So the question is: anything wrong with running 235/45s all around as winter tires or would I be significantly better off with the squared setup and 225/45s?


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Are your current DSIIs staggered or square?
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I like the way narrow tires run in the winter. I was running 185's on my Corrado and the steering was superb. I vote 225's on the 7.5's.
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It does make the most sense.........

But unless the square set looks way better when I'll see it in person, I'll probably end up trying out 235s on the staggered wheels... It will always be easy to trade down to a square setup if it doesn't work out. Plus Madison is more of a snow town than an ice town, so the pizza cutter tires probably aren't as important here as somewhere that sees more ice...


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Here's a vid to get you in the mood. Not so much on snow as it was ice (thawed and froze over), but it handles well.


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Dang that Supersprint sounds good!
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my car came with another set of wheels(aftermarket) and 225's all around for winter use.
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Truth be told, Toronto has quite a mild winter compared to Buffalo NY, but I venture into Quebec and Snow Country as often as possible in the winter.
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I'd go with the 7.5s if it was me, in Colorado. The narrower the better in snow or ice.

Any snow tire regardless of width will be 10x better than a summer tire and 5x better than an all season, so you really can't lose

Edit: that red station wagon sure looks good in snow.
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I have been running 225/45/17s on 8.5 rims LM60 tires on both 95 coupe and 97 sedan.
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