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      10-06-2015, 01:13 AM   #1
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SNOW tire sizing?

Hello everyone,
I have a 2014 6spd RWD 328i Sport with stock 225/45 18". I am debating on buying snow tires and rims from Tirerack but am unsure about which size to go with; Blizzak WS80- 225/50 17s or 215/55 17s. I don't want to sacrifice too much dry performance but considering the winters we've been having and rwd on the car I want the safest bet. Tirerack recommends 225/60 16". I'm not sure about that...

Any opinions or relay of experiences would be greatly appreciated.
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Any opinions or relay of experiences would be greatly appreciated.
I had 215/55 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R on my previous F31 during winter seasons. The tires was mounted on 7.5" wide wheels, I would not recommend wider wheels since the tires looked slightly stretched. The tires performed very well though!

215/55 on 7x17" might be a good alternative, but it's a compromise between performance in snowy conditions and looks.
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Thanks LC. It looks like you favor a narrower profile. What are your thoughts on the 225?. I plan on getting a 7.5" rim and since I blew out 4 tires last winter on potholes and the 215 might be stretched out, I'm leaning on getting the 225/50s for a bit more meat.
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What are your thoughts on the 225?.
225/50-17 will fit fine on 7.5x17" wheels, it's the OEM 17" tire size for F30.

If you want higher sidewall you may also consider 225/55-17, that size is 3% taller than OEM but fits without rubbing.
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I've used the Tire Rack recommended winter packages for all my cars and used the Blizzaks. Very happy with control in the snow. No accidents (knock on wood) nor stuck in deep snow yet (looking for more wood).
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I have a set in 225/50/17 that I use on my car. It is a 2012 F30 without MSport brakes. They look great on my car. I used the Rial Salerno wheel. I was really impressed. The pictures don't do them justice. Plus they were mounted and ready to go shipped to my dealership. I got them the next day. Great people to deal with.
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I would get snow tires for your stock wheels.

Then this is spring buy some aftermarket 18/19 that you really like.

I like doing this b/c the oem stock wheels are usually strong and work well in winter applications.

Also with the size of these cars they should really have 19s or 20s
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I'm also looking for the same advice. I have a friend who has only one season on his BMW wheels and tires. The size is 225/45/17. I'm wondering if I'll have any issues on my F34? The 45 is the only difference from what tire rack says.
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I would get snow tires for your stock wheels.

Then this is spring buy some aftermarket 18/19 that you really like.

I like doing this b/c the oem stock wheels are usually strong and work well in winter applications.

Also with the size of these cars they should really have 19s or 20s

That would be great (Some offset 19s would be my choice) but I'm a little concerned about the lack of XDrive. The winters here are not going to get better anytime soon according to the farmers almanac. ...
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