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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
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Old Wed, May-12-2010, 05:59:17 PM   #21
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The stock M3 tires sizes are
225/45/18, circumference: 81.6"
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255/40/18, circumference: 81.8"

what is the stock 19" size?
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Interesting...lots of great info!
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what is the stock 19" size?
225/40/19, circumference: 82.0"
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255/35/19, circumference: 81.8"
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Old Wed, May-12-2010, 08:05:17 PM   #24
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thanks for posting this...hopefully this will end all the "what tires can i fit?" threads
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Would a 285/30/19 be a better match to a 245/35/19?
+1. If what you say about dsc in regards to smaller rear tire diameter is true, why is the optional oem 19" size 245/35F 275/30R, vs 245/35 285/30. considering the 275/30 is near an inch smaller the the 245/35?
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thanks for posting this...hopefully this will end all the "what tires can i fit?" threads
That would be so awesome!!!! Great thread, Ian.
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Damn, looks like the 245/45/19 and 275/40/19's I was going to grab off my dad's 745 wheels won't fit.
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i like this thread ... thanks for starting it Obioban.

for an 18" wheel, it looks like 255 and 285 would be the best size choice since it's closest to OEM ... a little cautious about the rear circumference being .6 inch smaller than OEM, but that's really not a lot. my question about this size set is:

would there be rubbing issues with an OEM suspension ? would they look really awkward when they are mounted on an 8.5" (255) and 10" (285) ? current OEM setup with 225 on 8" and 255 on 9" the fronts look to be a bit stretched (slanted sidewall), while the rears have a nearly vertical side wall
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i like this thread ... thanks for starting it Obioban.

for an 18" wheel, it looks like 255 and 285 would be the best size choice since it's closest to OEM ... a little cautious about the rear circumference being .6 inch smaller than OEM, but that's really not a lot. my question about this size set is:

would there be rubbing issues with an OEM suspension ? would they look really awkward when they are mounted on an 8.5" (255) and 10" (285) ? current OEM setup with 225 on 8" and 255 on 9" the fronts look to be a bit stretched (slanted sidewall), while the rears have a nearly vertical side wall
Member M3R1 had 255/285 mounted on 8.5 and 9.5 wheels. Maybe the pics in these threads will at least give you some idea about how it looks and handles.
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=206823
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=216851

His car was slightly lowered with the Dinan suspension, and he sold the tires not long after he posted the above thread.
I think he was getting a bit of rubbing, but I'm not sure where; probably on the fender, vs inside.

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+1. If what you say about dsc in regards to smaller rear tire diameter is true, why is the optional oem 19" size 245/35F 275/30R, vs 245/35 285/30. considering the 275/30 is near an inch smaller the the 245/35?
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