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Old 11-09-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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My M3 with 17" winter wheels

I had done a lot of searching for specifics and found good and bad info on the forums. So I just ended up buying a set of 17x7.5 et 40 rims that were previously mounted on a 330. The tires are Hakka 2's size 225/45/17 all the way around. They fit well and have plenty of clearance for my non-comp brakes. Now that they are on the car I am prepared for another winter storm,but the offset in the rear looks a little lame. So now I am getting some 20mm spacers to push them out further. I like this method because it will allow me to easily rotate the tires front to back between seasons. I am sure the rears will wear much faster. Hear are some pics. I will update after I get the spacers and install them.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:46 PM   #2
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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Good to know someone is still man enough to drive their M3 in the winter like a Boss.
The winter beater driving pussies have a lot to learn.

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Old 11-09-2011, 06:56 PM   #4
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Now people are gonna think you have a fake M3 because of the small wheels. I know it's apporaching winter and you're getting ready for the snow but boy do those wheels don't do justice on a M3.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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I do have 275 pilot super sports for the summer. Just my luck. A freak winter storm in New England,I run out and buy a winter set,and now its been 65 and sunny for days! It was a little sad putting away my other tires. Now having "grip" is measured in inches of snow instead of how fast to take the corner.

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:24 PM   #6
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I'm jealous. I was debating on driving my car this winter or parking it and driving the 4X4 Tacoma. I think I am just gonna drive the 328 on nice days and the Tacoma on snow days. I don't think I can justify a snow setup when I have a perfectly good snow vehicle. I just worry about getting caught out in the 3 with summer tires.
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:09 AM   #7
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I do have 275 pilot super sports for the summer. Just my luck. A freak winter storm in New England,I run out and buy a winter set,and now its been 65 and sunny for days! It was a little sad putting away my other tires. Now having "grip" is measured in inches of snow instead of how fast to take the corner.

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Why not put the summer tires back on until it snows again?
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:28 AM   #8
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:23 PM   #9
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Is it just me or does anyone else at first glance think the first pic looks a bit like a mustang?
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:24 PM   #10
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:36 PM   #11
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The bad thing about summer tires in the cold is the rubber gets much harder and spins,slides and wears out much faster. I wasted a set of pilot sports last year on my 330 doing that. It will get you by,but as always its going to cost more no matter what. Having winter tires gives your nice set a break and will last a longer period of time.
And I have never mistaken an M3 for a mustang...just sayin.



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Old 11-10-2011, 02:02 PM   #12
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Haha, not saying I would mistake it. When I blow up the picture to full size, there is no comparison. But in the smaller thumbnail one, it kind of does to me...maybe it's the wheels.
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hahaha moiz21 i noticed that too they look like the wheels the older mustangs used to come with
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Why not drive the 01 330Ci for winter?
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I'm trying to sell it to pay for upgrades for the M. It is a hard sale for a RWD Coupe this time of year. Has some interest,but no one even came to look at it. My neighbor wants to make payments on it. I don't think that would go well.

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Miles, options, asking price? Usually spring is the best time to sell a car
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I have a classified here on fanatics. It's got 130xxx,Koni coil overs,uuc swaybars,headers,rims,other stuff. Also have new pads and a new winter ccv kit to go with it. Asking 7k willing to do some serious negotiating if I see cash.

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