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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, May-31-2018, 12:23:44 AM   #1
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Default Anyone running 245/40/17s?

Any clearance issues? Did you need spacers/lip roll - front? rear?

I'm looking for tires and not much left in stock size (235/40/17) so looking at the 245/40/17s.

Car is a 95M3, H&R OE Sport Springs, Konis, Stock Brakes, 17x8 ET 40 OZ wheels, square set-up. It's basically street use with an autocross or two thrown in
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Old Thu, May-31-2018, 02:21:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

I believe at least in the rear with 36psi in the tire you will get rubbing if you haven't done anything else such as flattening the fender lip.
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Old Thu, May-31-2018, 02:38:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

There is no chance of rubbing in the rear unless something is damaged or aligned horribly. Stock is 245/40 on 17x8.5et 41 on later model e36 m3s. Front is dependant on your coilovers/suspension set up. It’s likely you will have no problem there either though that can’t be solved by spacers if you have a coil setup that will cause rubbing issues.
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Old Thu, May-31-2018, 06:23:09 AM   #4
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

245x40x17 all around on Apex Arc 8's w/KW Clubsports and Vorschlag camber plates that need 5mm spacers up front to clear the coils. 225x40x17's Conti slicks on track which are 245's for all intents and no issues. Though in the past I did sledge the rears for peace of mind...
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

I've run 245/45/17 on the rear and they didnt rub
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

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I've run 245/45/17 on the rear and they didnt rub


245/45-17 is too tall for E36 and messes with gearing/speedo.

On a 1996+M3 you will get rubbing/interference on the strut casing, do to geometry revisions on the Spindle (FLCA/FLCABushing/Spindle/Guide Support).


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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

I ran 245/40/17 on square 17x8.5s for years (still do, sometimes). I have always had coilovers so I can't speak to front clearance, but on my 95, I never needed spacers up front with the Kosei K1s. The previous owner did some light fender rolling in the rear with a baseball bat, but from what I can tell all he accomplished was cracking the paint.

I currently run a 12mm front spacer because I'm lazy and don't want to take off the spacer when I change from the 17x9s. I ran a 10mm spacer for a while as well (with the Turner hub extenders) so that I could run beefier camber shims and not have to care about wheel clearance.
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

My track setup is the BimmerWorld TE:AL TA16 wheels sized 17x8.5 ET40 front and back, Yokohama Advan AD08 R 245/40/17. My coilovers are KW Clubsports.

I have 12mm spacers on the front and back, the fronts need a lot to clear on my particular setup at least. The rear fenders have been trimmed for clearance it's not as big of an issue in the back but the matching 12mm spacers still help widen the track, and also, it looks cool.

PS: make sure you have good wheel studs and they are long enough if you decide to use a medium to large-ish spacer (ask me how I know )
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Old Thu, May-31-2018, 06:17:30 PM   #9
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

Also FWIW the shoulder width of each tire is going to be different... Not all 245s are created equal haha.
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Old Thu, May-31-2018, 07:26:53 PM   #10
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Default Re: Anyone running 245/40/17s?

that size PSS on square 8.5 rears with coils, no fender rubbing
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