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Old 05-18-2013, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Square or Staggered tires on 335xi?

I'm looking for performance summer tires for a 2008 335xi coupe. I don't have the sport package.

It looks like the sports package came with a staggered set-up....
225/40R18 front
255/35R18 rear
It seems the car pushes a little right now. Why did they go with a staggered set-up on an AWD car? Would it be better to stay with a square set-up in a different size?

If I go with a square set-up, what is the maximum size I can install on the front?
225/40R18 (25.09 OD)
235/40R18 (25.40 OD)
245/35R18 (24.75 OD)

If I go with a staggered set-up, can the drive-train handle a difference of 0.1" in OD between front and rear?
225/40R18 (25.09 OD) front
255/35R18 (25.03 OD) rear
or
235/40R18 (25.40 OD) front
265/35R18 (25.30 OD) rear

Other subject...Winter Tires! I'm planning on putting winter tires on the OEM wheels. I think the OEM wheels are 17x7.5...is that right? I'm looking at either a 215/50R17 (25.46 OD) or a 215/55R17 (26.31 OD). I measures the clearance around the front tire and it appears there is clearance for a 215/55R17 tire. The speedometer would actually be accurate with a 215/55R17 too because it's currently about 5% fast and it would give me another 1/2" of ground clearance in the winter. Has anybody installed 215/55R17 on a 335xi? Any problems?
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