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Old 07-14-2004, 07:50 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Luke
I want to stay with street tires and have decided to get the Azenis sports. I am torn between the
1) 225/45 size on OEM 17" sports package rims.
2) 245/45 size on the same rims

Question 1. Anyone tried 245/45 Azenis sports all round on OEM rims? Will they fit?
Question 2. I know I'll get 4% higher gearing with the 245/45-17s, but at same time I would gain 8% contact patch. Which do you think is more important, the 4% gearing ratio or the 8% increase in contact patch?

Thanks in advance!!
You will hate the 4% gearing loss. How about a 235/40/17 Yokohama ES100? They aren't know for their long term road manners but they are quieter and better in the rain than the Falkens. I'm currently running the ES100s on my E30 for track and autocross use.

Mod the driver. Participate in your local BMWCCA autocross or driving school. Have you joined BMWCCA yet?

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