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Old 08-05-2013, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best tyres for 540 Motorsport ??

Hi All,
I have recently bought a 2003 BMW 540 Motorsport, one of the last they made. Sapphire Met Black done 108kms.
In great condition although the harsher ride is something I haven't quite adjusted to yet ! I've had a base 540 some years ago and the ride was much more comfortable understandably.

Which leads me to tyres. The M has Yokohama Advan tyres and I'm wondering if they are contributing to the ride and road noise or is that normal ?
The previous 540 also had Advan Sport tyres ( 18" ) and there were no issues with them.

Any suggestions on tyres for the MSport ??

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What are the tire size? Lower profile tires usually are more harsh then tires with more rubber. My 17" Contours are a better ride then my 18"s with low profiles (even though their the same height lol).
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Tyres are 235/40ZR18.
Had same brand / size tyres on the 540 years ago and ride was quite different.
May just be getting used to the suspension setting ?

Great fun though. The torque in these things is enormous.
Not that I'm thinking about doing it, but have heard of guys getting 500hp out of these which is M5 level.
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I have 235/40R18's on my car. I swapped to a set of 17's and the ride comfort increased enough to be noticeable. The profile on the 235/40 is so small it doesnt absorb much from the road, transferring it into your suspension. 17"s are better because they have more tire and air allowing for more cushioning.

On the left is my 18"s and on the right is the 17"s i got off a wreck I bought. The tires are worn to shit, but you can still see the comparison in size between the two.



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Forgot to add, the E39 M5 makes 400hp stock. Their is a car that used to be in Chigaco called the "El Diablo". It was a custom E39 M5 making 1,001hp on a twin turbo setup. Looked stock except for the wheels. It has a twin, in Leguna Seca Blue, making 800hp.

The M62 engine can make huge numbers if done right. I would be looking into a Supercharger kit for it for sure. Dinan makes one, but new their $12,000. The Dinan ones are the best for the M62 based on some reading that I have done. But find one used as they drop in price a fair bit.
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Many thanks for that LV. Makes sense.
These are almost new wheels and tyres so will have to look at replacement cost.

A 1001hp ???!!! That is astounding. Bugatti Veyron country isn't it...?!
Now that's a race I'd pay to see !
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The Dinan Supercharger takes the output up to 412 hp @ 5800 rpm.
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