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1> I bought 17x8.5 rims for my 92 325i and I was wondering what whould be the best set up 225/45 all around or 225/45 front and 245/40 rear?

2> If i get 245/40 for the rear will i need to roll my fenders?

3> here is the consumer report chart on perfomance tires:
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i dont know how to post it so it would be open i think if some one could do it it will be great for are faq site
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I'm a little confused by this chart, the falken's did good in the sepertate categories but overall they got a poor rating. Now sure but sseing as they are the cheapest its hard to believe they would be the best.

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I had falkens on my mitsubishi and would never buy them again. They didnt last long at all and traction was shitty.

If you are looking for a good all around tire I would go with Yokohoma AVS ES 100s or Dunlop FM901s both good tires

as far as sizes I would go with 235/40 all around

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Hi,

I was surfin' for Falken ZE-512 info & ended up here.

The tire chart copied from the November '03 Consumer Report is wrong. Find a copy at the library & you'll see the "overall performance" red line for the Falken ze-512 extends beyond the Bridgestone Potenza.

I just ordered four (4) 225/45/17's from www.vulcantire.com for $89 ea. Can't touch a ContiExtreme or Sumi HTR+ for that price.

discounttiredirect.com features free shipping which, depending on where you live, may work to your advantage but vulcantire beats 'em.

If you're looking for crazy-azz handling at the limit, then you should look elsewhere but it sounds like these tires don't have a weakness aside from the
360 UTQG rating.

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Didn't look at your chart, but I've owned a lot of tires (charts are great, but real world driving can't be substituted). In my humble opinion....

Spend some money and go with Bridgestone or Yokohama...

If you can't, I highly recomend Nitto. They have good grip, wet weather stability, and for a high performance tire, they do last.They are relatively new and trying to get their product in the hands of many to build a clientel base. In order to help this, they have priced their product agressively.

I have owned all three of the above tires (and many otheres) and would recomend them to others


As far as size, I would recomend a 225/40 up front and a 245/45 in the rear. This will give you a similar tire height all the way around, give you balanced underesteer (with more rubber in the rear), and not be as harsh as a super low profile tire.

BTW, you will not need to roll your fenders

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I agree with jllphan. That extra surface area on the back wheels will give you better starting grip and overall movement improvement. Yokahomas are great tires and I highly recommend. If you want something really really cheap, I have heard Kumhos are nice....

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Yeah if you want a cheap set of decently sticky tires go with kuhmos.

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