Need Help buying Winter wheel package for my 06 ZCP M3.
I want to buy winter wheel package for my car.
It is a 06 E46 M3 with ZCP package.
What offset and size rim should I get? any recommendation on tires?
I saw couple craigslist ads and some are selling 17" ASA rims with winter tires that were previously used on E46 M3 non-ZCP, will that fit?
I am new to BMW and I would like someone to help me with this before the snow storm/s this winter.
If I do buy a stock 18" M3 wheels what tire size should I get?
I know that 18" are
throw off the DSC system on my car??
Again Thank you!
There are some other threads on the ZCP/non-ZCP rim issue. Unfortunately you can't run 17's on ZCP M3 due to the bigger front rotors. There was some talk about running spacers, but the thread was never confirmed. Better off getting the stock 18's. Try finding a used set with the snow tires included. That's what I did last year.
Getting lower profiles on the front probably won't affect the DSC. Your speedometer will be a little off though and the front end ride will be a little harsher.
Can't go wrong with any of the snow tires on the market. I've had Blizzaks, Conti's, and Dunlops and couldn't appreciate a difference between any of them. You will feel a big difference in ride quality going from the ZCP 19's to the 18's. The snows are also much softer and will feel a bit squishy, but summers are nearly undriveable on M3. I almost got stuck last week when the post Sandy winter storm came through NJ and dumped a 4 inches.
Thank you very much for this informative reply.
I found a set of stock 18s (wheels only) for $350 do you think it's a good deal?
I don't know what the average set of 18's go nowadays.
Again, thank you for your reply!
$350 for just the rims is a pretty good deal. If you go to a dealer and try to buy them new, they usually are around $500 per rim! A new aftermarket set will run you easily $600-800 for just the rims. On craigslist and ebay, you can usually find used rims plus snow tires for M3's in the $600-800 range. You have to act fast tho b/c used BMW tires/rims tend to move quickly. I think I paid $600 for mine last year, but they definitely had some wear. Even with tires half worn out, it was worth it b/c worn snow tires are still superior to new all-seasons b/c the rubber compound is much softer. I figure I can use these worn snow tires at least another 2-3 seasons and I already drove on them last season.
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