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Old 08-09-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Attn: Tire Rack experts..need help with 2 questions

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Question 1:
I am running 4 M3 18" fronts on my wife's 04 325 Ci Vert.
Current tires are Goodyear Eagle F1s 225/40/18.

I'd like to add more sidewall to make the ride more comfortable and, more importantly, due to my wife's heat-seeking ability to find potholes, reduce the damage to the wheels.

What size can I go to and still have it look "right"..?
Would a different brand/model improve the issues with going through tires/wheels due to road hazards?

Question 2:
On my 06 X5, I am still running the original Michelin MXV4 235/65/17.
They are almost ready for replacement. I've heard that the BF Goodrich Assurance Fuel Max are a better choice for replacement. Living in NJ, winter performance is important, and since it's a base SAV, I'm not doing any aggressive driving.

What would be your recommendation for low noise, solid year round performance, energy efficiency and low lasting rubber..?

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Old 08-09-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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If your wife has a heat-seeking ability to find potholes, the best choice is a 16" wheel. Both the wheels and tires are less expensive than 17s and there are often OEM 16s for sale in classifieds. TireRack has 16" CSL look wheels $89
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:02 PM   #3
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Yeah, I have the 16s I took off that came with the car...really don't like the look vs the M3s.

But thanks for the suggestion.

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Old 08-10-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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Greetings
Question 1:
I am running 4 M3 18" fronts on my wife's 04 325 Ci Vert.
Current tires are Goodyear Eagle F1s 225/40/18.

I'd like to add more sidewall to make the ride more comfortable and, more importantly, due to my wife's heat-seeking ability to find potholes, reduce the damage to the wheels.

What size can I go to and still have it look "right"..?
Would a different brand/model improve the issues with going through tires/wheels due to road hazards?

Question 2:
On my 06 X5, I am still running the original Michelin MXV4 235/65/17.
They are almost ready for replacement. I've heard that the BF Goodrich Assurance Fuel Max are a better choice for replacement. Living in NJ, winter performance is important, and since it's a base SAV, I'm not doing any aggressive driving.

What would be your recommendation for low noise, solid year round performance, energy efficiency and low lasting rubber..?

Thanks
ED
For the 325, the largest I could recommend is 235/40R18, but keep in mind this will only be a very slight improvement. If she is really a pothole seeking missile, then you may strongly want to consider 17" or even 16" wheels.

Among my top pics for the X5 for good all season traction and low noise would be the General Grabber HTS and Michelin Cross Terrain SUV.

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Old 08-10-2010, 11:09 AM   #5
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245/40/18 is the correct upsized tire for the OEM M3 18" front wheel
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245/40/18 is the correct upsized tire for the OEM M3 18" front wheel
Being installed *on* an M3, yes, but that size sometimes rubs on non-M cars up front.
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For the 325, the largest I could recommend is 235/40R18, but keep in mind this will only be a very slight improvement. If she is really a pothole seeking missile, then you may strongly want to consider 17" or even 16" wheels.

Among my top pics for the X5 for good all season traction and low noise would be the General Grabber HTS and Michelin Cross Terrain SUV.

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http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=BN4&...ires/index.jsp
Gary:
Honestly I would have passed on the Generals if you hadn't mentioned it. The reviews were pretty good (except for one guy who actually commented his mileage went down..)

Are you aware of any upcoming rebates or other "deals"..? Especially if I purchase the road hazard warranty for all 4..?

BTW, they are also show out of stock at all your distibution centers, according to the web. Any guess (not that I am in a rush) when you might get inventory in my size..?

Thanks again
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Honestly I would have passed on the Generals if you hadn't mentioned it. The reviews were pretty good (except for one guy who actually commented his mileage went down..)

Are you aware of any upcoming rebates or other "deals"..? Especially if I purchase the road hazard warranty for all 4..?

BTW, they are also show out of stock at all your distibution centers, according to the web. Any guess (not that I am in a rush) when you might get inventory in my size..?

Thanks again
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The blackwall version of the tire is backordered for 60+ days, however the version of the tire that has white letters on one side and blackwall on the other (the tires can be turned so that the white letter side faces in) is in stock.

Unfortunately we do not get advanced notice of promotional offers, sorry.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:54 AM   #9
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Are your F1's the all seasons or the summer only? I had the F1 A/S in that size on my GTI. They have a reinforced sidewall to help steering/handling, but the ride over sharp inputs is awful. You don't need a larger sidewall to improve the ride, just get a different tire. I got the GY eagle GT in the same size (for my GTI) and the ride is MUCH better.
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Are your F1's the all seasons or the summer only? I had the F1 A/S in that size on my GTI. They have a reinforced sidewall to help steering/handling, but the ride over sharp inputs is awful. You don't need a larger sidewall to improve the ride, just get a different tire. I got the GY eagle GT in the same size (for my GTI) and the ride is MUCH better.
They are the all seasons.. Worth a thought to look at the Eagle GTs.

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