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      06-22-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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I have 18x8.5 and the tire guys suggested 255/35/18 because on his comp it says OEM. I am just not sure. They are 0.9 overall smaller - what do you guys think? Need to order the tire today now that I have the rims!

Edit: I think 255/40/18 will look better since its closer to the stock overall circumference. I just realized that 1" less overall is going to make the wheels look even smaller because they won't fill the wheel wells properly.

Anyone have any advice or an opinion?

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      06-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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Seriously no one? I have ARC-8 18x8.5 ET38 so it looks like I have 3 options to stay close to 26" overall circumference - as far as I can tell. I really could use some advice. If I said I was putting 20s there would be like 200 responses?

1) 245/40/18 (25.7")
2) 255/40/18 (26")
3) 255/35/18 (25")(will this be too wide up front?)
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      06-24-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
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I recently put square 8.5 inch rims, and maybe it's just my offset, but 255 was going to stick out too much in the front, so I went 245 front and 255 back. I know, pretty dumb since I can't rotate either. But the car is really tail happy now. So rear grip is what you really need when you up the fronts to 245 or 255.

Also...255/40/18 is what you want. That's OEM for the 18s. 255/35/19 is OEM for the 19s
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Perfect thanks momo. Do you know what offsets? I went square because I keep reading that the 328i is tuned to understeer and staggered just makes that worse. Hoping to track the car once I get it dialed in.
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Mine's a 29 offset, hah. You can check out how the 245/255 looks in the photos thread. My thread is called F30 estoril blue with M3 rims.

I would test fit though. Your 38 offset pushes inside the wheel well more than stock, so if your shop has 255/40 and 245/40 try both and see if it rubs. Rear 255 will definitely work though.
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thx man. Nice ride I am so jealous of that Estoril blue. Sp nice.

They have to order the tires - So you are saying that your 245/255 increased oversteer? It should have increased understeer. weird.
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I just installed 245/40-19 on front and 255/40-19 on my car and they are perfect...even with H&R sport springs. No rubbing even with rear seat passenger. I do not know if under steer and over steer situation better or worse yet, but I cannot imagine the car will under steer more than it was on stock tire size
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      06-25-2013, 01:08 AM   #8
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Thx Mak. Still not sure if I want to do 245/40/18 on all four or 245/40/18 front and 255/40/18 rear. It's not a huge difference in size and if I go square then I can rotate all of them. I do have 5mm spacer for the rear.

I need to decide so I can get them installed haha!
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Oh, I came from 225/255 stock. So mine oversteers more since I increased grip in the front but not in the back. So I guess in your case it'll add a hint of understeer, but loads more grip before you get to that point.
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Ahh that makes sense. You had OEM 8 front and 8.5 rear I guess. I'm just going to order the 245/40/18 and see how it goes.

Thx for your help!
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