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Old Thu, May-01-2014, 08:30:11 AM   #1
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Default Meaty tire setup for ZCP wheels

Hey forum,

So it's time for me to buy some new tires, and I was wondering what some good sizes would be for a more beefier tire setup. I still want to keep a clean, flush look with my zcp rims but I want to add some meat to these wheels... right now I am running spacers (15f, and 12r) and ride high can be adjusted according to the setup, but Id just like to see what some of you are running. Any links, pictures, or advice would greatly be appreciated! thanks everyone.
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Default Re: Meaty tire setup for ZCP wheels

If you want meatier tires, run 245/275 tires.



You can retain the OEM F/R ratio with this setup, and it looks better than the 225/255 setup.
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Old Thu, May-01-2014, 01:32:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Meaty tire setup for ZCP wheels

Im in the same boat. Ive been running 265/30 and 235/35 for years but want a little more side wall.

^Flow what are the exact sizes you are running above?
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Default Re: Meaty tire setup for ZCP wheels

Most people with 19s run a 245/35R19 for the front and 275/30R19 in the rear. I run those with a modest drop, eibach springs so less than 1" and have no fitment/rubbing issues. These sizes are also almost identical in circumference so it won't mess with your wheel speed sensors.
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Default Re: Meaty tire setup for ZCP wheels

I've run 245 / 275 on my ZCP wheels but I went back to the stock tire size and prefer it MUCH more.
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Default Re: Meaty tire setup for ZCP wheels

What makes you like stock setup more?
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What makes you like stock setup more?
Honestly? I feel like BMW Engineers knew what they were doing when they chose the stock tire size. Sure, people can argue that for a track car there might be a better tire size (and I'm sure there is) but for a car that is street driven I wouldn't doubt at all that the guys at BMW chose the correct size tire to get the job done.

Also, maybe I am wrong but with my 245 / 275 tire setup it seemed a little more 'rough' when I drove.

I know that a lot of things on these cars can be 'upgraded' to be better than factory. However, for a car that is mostly driven on the street I would say the guys at BMW did a top notch job of choosing the right tire sizes to get the job done.

Just my thoughts.
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Hey forum,

So it's time for me to buy some new tires, and I was wondering what some good sizes would be for a more beefier tire setup. I still want to keep a clean, flush look with my zcp rims but I want to add some meat to these wheels... right now I am running spacers (15f, and 12r) and ride high can be adjusted according to the setup, but Id just like to see what some of you are running. Any links, pictures, or advice would greatly be appreciated! thanks everyone.
OP - very interested in hearing other responses as well. I'm currently running stock suspension, OEM ZCP wheels, stock tire sizes, and same spacers you've got. There was a thread recently about which tires had "fat sidewalls" here: http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=465765

IMO, it's about the same type of question for me. I'd like a wider tread width, but I'm also interested in the meaty looking tire including a substantial sidewall.

Can't wait to see what others have to say and please, let us know what you decide.
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Default Re: Meaty tire setup for ZCP wheels

i've been running 245/35 and 275/30 with 10mm spacers all the way around for several years (no rubbing).. with a slight drop the tires look really meaty.
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I got a lot of tramlining with 275 rears. The car also felt slower - Like I had to drag the rear end around. Steering didn't feel as fast and easy as it does with 225 F and 255 R
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