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#1 (permalink) Old 07-16-2004, 05:07 PM
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g'day all.

i'm new to the board and to the bmw world. i bought a '97 318ti and i wanna get some 17" bmw wheels. i want a low profile tire(not too small a series) but i want to know what's the best size.

to avoid rubbing and the like.

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if you're going to drop your car really low you'd definately want 40's, or maybe even 35's. 35 and 40's are a bit to rough for me so I went with 45's. my rims are 17x8 and my tires are 225/45/17. haven't gotten any rubbing at all...but i still havent lowered it yet. 45's are nice for me...they look good and aren't to bumpy...but its really all up to you

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the "Best Size" all depends on the driver's preference. And welcome to the forums!!

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Velocity said it best-225/45/17 size tires should be perfect. For a little more of a width and an aggressive stance, you can even use 235s. I haven't heard of that size rubbing at all on anyones car, lowered or not (unless you lower it more than an inch and a half/2 inches)

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didn't plan on lowering it. i'm from the bahamas and the roads here are kinda grumpy.

will take you guys' advice though - no doubt. i want that 'filled out' look.

thanks again and it's great to be here.

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good luck and post some pics of your new wheels if you can...

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will do....'fraid that won't be for a while though....i bought a used one from germany with low miles and it won't get here til like september.

i just wanna have my wheels, tires, paint and sound man at the dock when it gets here yaknow.

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