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Old 11-12-2004, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=1][COLOR=blue] '02 540i, Sport Pkg. Will need new tires soon. OEM: 235/45ZR17 front (8x17 wheels); 255/40ZR17 rear (9x17 wheels). Have checked wheel wells - very tight.

1) Anyone had success with different sized tires?
2) Anyone recommend currently available tires in these sizes with symmetrical, non-directional tread patterns? Want to be able to move tires left-to-right, right-to-left to even wear. frank-e
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Old 11-13-2004, 02:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Even ware?

The 5ers have the worst tire tread ware of all the BMWs combined. I think you better just find some tires that you like because even ware is your last concern.
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Old 11-14-2004, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Even ware?

The 5ers have the worst tire tread ware of all the BMWs combined. I think you better just find some tires that you like because even ware is your last concern.
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Thanks! I'm sort of "old school" and like the thought of flip-flopping (left to right to left) my tires. Your suggestion is about what I've come to - newer tires in the sizes I need that are non-directional are like the proverbial "hen's teeth!" I've actually had pretty even wear so far so I guess I'm lucky in that regard - I just hate the thought of dropping $200.00 or so to the dealer for a fresh alignment. Still looking for a competent shop with a better price.

Dimentions for sizes near 255/40R17s (rear) look too much bigger for comfort so I'll stick with stock. On the front, the dimentions for 245/45R17 look very similar to stock. Any experience with slightly different sizes?
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Originally posted by frank-e+Nov 14 2004, 11:44 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(frank-e @ Nov 14 2004, 11:44 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-BMWLotAttendant@Nov 13 2004, 03:31 AM
Even ware?

The 5ers have the worst tire tread ware of all the BMWs combined.* I think you better just find some tires that you like because even ware is your last concern.
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Thanks! I'm sort of "old school" and like the thought of flip-flopping (left to right to left) my tires. Your suggestion is about what I've come to - newer tires in the sizes I need that are non-directional are like the proverbial "hen's teeth!" I've actually had pretty even wear so far so I guess I'm lucky in that regard - I just hate the thought of dropping $200.00 or so to the dealer for a fresh alignment. Still looking for a competent shop with a better price.

Dimentions for sizes near 255/40R17s (rear) look too much bigger for comfort so I'll stick with stock. On the front, the dimentions for 245/45R17 look very similar to stock. Any experience with slightly different sizes?
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DON'T DO IT!!! Unless the size you choose has the same rolling dimension as the stock tyres - open the drivers door and there should be a sticker on the column which shows what 15, 16, and 17" wheel/tyre combos can be fitted without changing the rolling size.

PS changing the rolling dimensions will throw out the speedo, fuel economy etc.
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Even ware?

The 5ers have the worst tire tread ware of all the BMWs combined. I think you better just find some tires that you like because even ware is your last concern.
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Thanks! I'm sort of "old school" and like the thought of flip-flopping (left to right to left) my tires. Your suggestion is about what I've come to - newer tires in the sizes I need that are non-directional are like the proverbial "hen's teeth!" I've actually had pretty even wear so far so I guess I'm lucky in that regard - I just hate the thought of dropping $200.00 or so to the dealer for a fresh alignment. Still looking for a competent shop with a better price.

Dimentions for sizes near 255/40R17s (rear) look too much bigger for comfort so I'll stick with stock. On the front, the dimentions for 245/45R17 look very similar to stock. Any experience with slightly different sizes?
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DON'T DO IT!!! Unless the size you choose has the same rolling dimension as the stock tyres - open the drivers door and there should be a sticker on the column which shows what 15, 16, and 17" wheel/tyre combos can be fitted without changing the rolling size.

PS changing the rolling dimensions will throw out the speedo, fuel economy etc.
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Thanks! I think you're dead on ... since the dimentions for 245/45R17 tires are only 0.3 in larger in both section width and diameter, I thought someone out there in Beamer Land might have had expericnce with the slightly larger size. Apparently not, so I'll stick to the stock 235/45R17 to be safe. Appreciate your advice.
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They probably wouldn't be that bad, but I like to think my speedo is as true as possible, particularly with the increase in speed cameras over here and the police being able to nick you for doing 2-3 miles over the limit.
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Ive changed too 265/35/18 rear and 235/45/18 front
speeds pretty normal and 50km/h feels like 50km/h:P
im gonna test it and configure it to the new size and get back with the results
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