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Old 10-07-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Hello,

I'd like to know what size of tire the 2002 330ci with style 72 wheels fits best. My current tire option to buy is the Bridgestone RE 760 Sport. I want to avoid fitment issues with the new tires so I'd like to make sure I'm getting the right size of tire. This is what TireRack gave me Tire Size: 205/50R17 93W. I'm getting tire info at TireRack but will be getting the tires at Costco since it's cheaper.

Sorry if this is a noob question.

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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If rim widths are the same front and rear than that will be fine and will be the cheapest size you can get (looks like price is a factor). If rim sizes are the same front and rear and you want a bit sportier than go 225/45 R17. If rim sizes are different front and rear go 225/45 in the front, and 245/40 in the rear.

Most important thing in a tire is quality though. Regardless of size or price a quality tire is what you want. Remember, there are only 4 small patches of rubber holding you to the road so choose wisely for your and other's safety.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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Although price is a factor, I still want to buy the best tire I can afford for my e46. How do I find out what rim size I have for front and rear?
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Its on the back of your rim. Pull one front and one rear to be sure. It'll be stamped on there something like 17 x X.XJ (where "X.X" is 7.5", 8", etc).
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According to http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/ <- very useful site, style 72s are only in 18" sizes, so perhaps you do not have 72s but something else. This can also help determine which size tire you want/need.

(that website does have some innacurracies and is incomplete so don't take it for gospel truth).
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