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Old 12-18-2003, 05:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I've got a 323ci from 2000 with 225/50/16 pirellis on the BBS style 16" MVs.
I'm considering the 18inch 135Ms, or the 18" M3 alloys, which I reckon would sit on a pair of 255/35/18s at the back; 225/40s at the front.

1) From what i've heard, I wouldn't need to make any suspension mods, or do any "fender/arch rolling" to accommodate the 18 inch alloys. Is that right?

2) I need new tyres for the moment anyway and I've found a good deal on 225/45/16 tyres. From the factory it usually comes with 205/55/16s. Do you reckon these would fit OK or would the car ride too low on these?

Any advice appreciated.

Cheers,

Graham
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Old 12-18-2003, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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should fit fine. try http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

reconsider the 255. it will make the car understeer. 225 18 all round seeems a better choice. this somewhat relates to the "handling" issue i was flamed by someone in the all wheel drive trail....

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Old 12-19-2003, 12:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Peter, I appreciate it. I'll probably opt for 225s all round...
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i am hoping to wear through my stock setup on the 330ipp (225/40 front, 255/35 rear all 18).

next set will be pole position s-03 or pilot sport, 235/40 x 18 all round...., i will report my findings.

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