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Old 06-10-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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how wide can I go for 330xi

I'm going to get dedicated rims and tires for the track. I'm in a 2003 330xi. All I've driven so far is a stock setup: 205/50/17. To be clear, I'm not going to race. I just want higher performance at the track (and maybe they'll get some street time too.)

Question: how wide can I (should I) go? 225? 235? 245? I want to have the same size front and back. I don't want to modify the car to make the wheels fit. I'm thinking 235/45/17.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:20 AM   #2
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205/50R17 is standard on many 330xi cars. 225/45R17 is a common upgrade that gains you about an inch in width while being about the same height.
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If you are refering to going wider on your stock rims... I would say no wider than 225
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I'm going to get dedicated rims and tires for the track. I'm in a 2003 330xi. All I've driven so far is a stock setup: 205/50/17. To be clear, I'm not going to race. I just want higher performance at the track (and maybe they'll get some street time too.)

Question: how wide can I (should I) go? 225? 235? 245? I want to have the same size front and back. I don't want to modify the car to make the wheels fit. I'm thinking 235/45/17.
What wheels are you getting? With the right offset and width you have the potential to run a 255/40/17 on the front and rear.

If you are putting them on your OEM 73's, I'd say a 225/45/17
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What wheels are you getting? With the right offset and width you have the potential to run a 255/40/17 on the front and rear.

If you are putting them on your OEM 73's, I'd say a 225/45/17
Ditto. We have had customers run 255 square setups on Non-M's for track use.

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Old 06-10-2010, 03:58 PM   #7
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I'm going to get new rims. Keep my current set of stock wheels for daily driving and the new set will be for track days. I'm looking at the ASA GT1. Says they are 8 inches. http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/asa/asa-wheels.jsp Since people are saying 255 is possible, I'm betting 235 is a no-brainer to fit.

BTW, thanks everyone for your patience... I'm new to the forum. After posting I'm seeing lots of other threads that address this, but I didn't know my way around before submitting this question. I'm learning a lot!
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For a 8" wheel, I would not go any wider then a 245 tire.

225 or 235 is actually a optimal size to use.

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