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Old 05-29-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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looking for help calculating winter wheel/tire setup

I've sold my 330ci and bought an M3. I'll need a winter setup for it. Option 1 is throw a set of blizzaks on my stock 18s but they will be staggered. Option 2 is buy a set of used wheels with or without tires. If I were to go this route, can I use non M wheels? Tirerack recommends 17s over 18s for winter, plus with a square setup, I could rotate every winter. Your time and help appreciated!!!
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I agree, I think 17s square is the best way to go. My real question I guess is can I use non m wheels if I find them. I'm not sure how the offsets will work out.
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The problem is with running square fitment on an M3 is the rears are kind of hard to fit in the front, and vice versa. If you ran an 18x8.5 ET35 all around, you may need a spacer in the rear to add enough clearance on the inside of the wheel wells.
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The problem is with running square fitment on an M3 is the rears are kind of hard to fit in the front, and vice versa. If you ran an 18x8.5 ET35 all around, you may need a spacer in the rear to add enough clearance on the inside of the wheel wells.
Ok, so what if I find a staggered set of 17s like the M68s I used to have on my 330ci? Could I use those? Or is the benefit so small then that I could just use my stock 18s and throw a set of blizzaks on them?
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Ideally you'd probably want to run narrow 17" wheels in square fitment, but the rear fitment is most likely going to give you problems, unless you get something very narrow and low offset.
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My plan ATM is to buy 4 OEM fronts and mount snow tires on those.
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