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Old 04-07-2005, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys

Right now on my 92 325i I have staggered M sport wheels 17 inch, 7.5 in front and 8.5 in back. I have 225/45 ZR 17 Michelin Pilot Sport tires mounted all the way around. Two of my tires are beat so im looking at getting 2 new ones.

My question is, can I run 245/40 ZR 17 in the rear and not have any rubbing problems?

What are the rest of you guys with staggered rims running for rubber?
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I run 245/40 -18 in the rear and it's fine, on the limit but fine.
There were something different in the wheel wells on early E36's but it may have been only the 91's.

I think 245/40 -17 is one of the most common sizes for the rear, definetly for M3 here at least. And they fit 8.5" rims better then 225 I think.
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Old 04-07-2005, 07:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hmmm..... there was not 1991 e36 model in the US, but the production date of my car is July of 1991. I already ordered them, so I hope they fit, if not I guess ill have to return them. Anyone else running 245/40 - 17 in the rear of a non m3 e36?
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Hey guys

Right now on my 92 325i I have staggered M sport wheels 17 inch, 7.5 in front and 8.5 in back. I have 225/45 ZR 17 Michelin Pilot Sport tires mounted all the way around. Two of my tires are beat so im looking at getting 2 new ones.

My question is, can I run 245/40 ZR 17 in the rear and not have any rubbing problems?

What are the rest of you guys with staggered rims running for rubber?
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You should be able to mount it. Just make sure theoffset is not too extreme!
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am running 235/40 17 all around with not problems, but i hear that it should be no problem to go to 245/40 17 in back as long as you don;t lower the car.
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You will most likely move towards Understear with wider tires in the rear.

You are not looking at this change for looks are you?
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Old 04-07-2005, 11:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have 18x8's up front, and 18x9's in the rear. Tires are 225/40 18 and 245/35 18 in the rear. My car is stock ride height and I have plenty of room, TOO much in the front.
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hmmm..... there was not 1991 e36 model in the US, but the production date of my car is July of 1991. I already ordered them, so I hope they fit, if not I guess ill have to return them. Anyone else running 245/40 - 17 in the rear of a non m3 e36?
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ok, I think there was something with how the exhaust was drawn. So the problem was only the left rear well.

Hope it will be ok! And it probaly will, afterall you've allready used the wider rims you need.

I forgot to say, the wheel wells are the same on "regular" E36's and M3's so there are equal amounts of space.
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Im running on 235/40 ZR 17 on the back & 215/45 ZR 17 on fronts. Car is lowered and I have had no rubbing issues at all..

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Old 04-09-2005, 05:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I put them on today and they fit great. A not much room but definatly enough!
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