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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Jul-28-2017, 11:20:46 PM   #1
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Default Which of these two wheels+tires should I use for now?

Hi everyone,

I picked up an '04 M3 Coupe 6-speed about 2 months ago, and I've just about got everything sorted (AutoSolutions shift kit is in the mail!).

There's a few AutoCross and Track days I'd like to attend in the next few months, but I am not looking to buy any more wheels+tires right now. Maybe for next season...

Which of these two wheel+tire options would you choose (and why) for some DD, 3-4 AutoCross, and 2-3 HPDE/track days? (yes, I already own both of these)

A) Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R on OEM 18" wheels (Front: 225/45/18, Rear: 255/40/18).
Spacers: none.
Wear level: Very minimal.

B) Michelin Pilot Super Sport on APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 ET38 (Square: 255/40/18).
Spacers: 10mm rears.
Wear level: About halfway.


Yes, I know these ARC-8s aren't the ideal offset/width, but I think the fitment will work and it'll give me a square setup.
I have a completely stock suspension, fwiw. Thanks in advance!

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Oem, those arc8 fitment just makes it look like you didn't know what you were doing

18x8.5 rears lol
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Old Sat, Jul-29-2017, 03:07:28 AM   #3
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Oem, those arc8 fitment just makes it look like you didn't know what you were doing

18x8.5 rears lol
He probably bought them through ModBargains just suggested 8.5 square YESTERDAY in their new wheel thread
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He probably bought them through ModBargains just suggested 8.5 square YESTERDAY in their new wheel thread
Wow hope that's not the case. If so maybe he can get a refund, at least for two of the wheels.

Modern economy cars come with 8.5 rears...new Honda Accord has 9" rears and that's a fwd car!
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You'll probably be faster on the RE71Rs. I haven't had track experience with the PSS but people say they like to get greasy once heated.
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Wow hope that's not the case. If so maybe he can get a refund, at least for two of the wheels.

Modern economy cars come with 8.5 rears...new Honda Accord has 9" rears and that's a fwd car!
Nah, I picked them up for a different car, super-cheap with the PSS already mounted. I'm aware that the rims are a bit narrow for the E46 M3, but it put down more rubber which is what I needed at that particular moment. We can't all can buy whatever we want when we want.

Getting this car back up to snuff has been expensive, as I'm sure most folks here have experienced after a PO deferred/delayed needed repairs... like oil leaks, power steering leaks, a sloppy shifter, etc.

Eventually I'll upgrade to 9.5"+ wheels all-around. I remember reading that Obioban recommends 265's on 18x9.5 ET35, and others like 275's on 18x10 ET25.

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You'll probably be faster on the RE71Rs. I haven't had track experience with the PSS but people say they like to get greasy once heated.
Thanks silvergray545. I haven't run RE71R before now, so we'll see how they do!
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RE71r are great tires for track.

PSS are great tires for the street.
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