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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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Tire size recommendation

Hi Guys,
My tires are getting worse and I need tires so after looking around i could not get a clear answer. I have the 205-50-17 tires on right now but to me they seem waaay to skinny and i was looking to get either 215's or 225's wide but not sure what wall size i need.
What you guys think? Which are more user friendly and with no cleareance issue?
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:55 PM   #2
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Most e46's have 225/45/17. 205/50/17 is better in snow. Are you buying summer tires or winter tires?
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:45 PM   #3
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I am looking for all season, the car is driven daily...i though stock was 205? Anyways i hate the look on 205s though, they make the car look like a fwd Lol..i want something wider and with no clearance issue...which size would be good for me?
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:46 PM   #4
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225/45/17 is probably the widest you want to go on a 7" wide wheel. In MI, I would buy 205/50/17 snow tires for these wheels and get another wider set for summer.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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bump for some more ideas
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #6
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Put 225 45 17 Continental extreme DWS. I have them but on staggered set up rears are 245 40 17. Great all season tire, read reviews on them.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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I love the stagger look but you cannot rotate them thats the downfall..but yeah i think i am def going with 225's...now just have to get a good deal on a set ...i was also looking into the Kumhos..anyone has any experience with Kumhos?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:11 AM   #8
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I love the stagger look but you cannot rotate them thats the downfall..but yeah i think i am def going with 225's...now just have to get a good deal on a set ...i was also looking into the Kumhos..anyone has any experience with Kumhos?
I don't rotate my tires. AWD means all tires wear the same-ish anyway.

I went with Conti DWS and have been nothing but impressed with their performance in all weather conditions.

The basic idea is that with a 7in wide rim, the biggest you should go is a 225 tire. With an 8in wide rim, you can go up to 245 or maybe even 255.

There's a website that allows you to compare tire sizes for speedometer issues. Google "tire size calculator", it's something like miata.net.

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:22 AM   #9
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Tires dont wear the same on any car..but i keep reading about Nexen5000 being a very good tire for the price..any input on that?
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:31 PM   #10
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I have Conti DWS as well. Great tire.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:58 PM   #11
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I have Conti DWS as well. Great tire.
Conti DWS are a very good tire but to me they seem very overpriced..I am looking something affordable thats why ifound the Nexen N5000 to have a huge fan base and they are also affordable...Dont really want to spend crazy money on tires since I might have to replace my front axles soon.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:02 PM   #12
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Tires are by far the most important part of your car, don't cheap out on them. Also, the Conti DWS are some of the most reasonably priced tire out there in comparison to their performance. If you want expensive, go look at the Michelin Pilot tires.

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Old 02-12-2013, 03:07 PM   #13
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Tires dont wear the same on any car..but i keep reading about Nexen5000 being a very good tire for the price..any input on that?
Lol.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:38 PM   #14
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Lol.
I dont get it whats funny??
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I dont get it whats funny??
Nexen5000 is not a good tire homie. Sure you can drive on them, but performance will be mediocre. Cheap tires don't look good no matter how wide they are.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #16
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In the Northwest, we call 'em "3-seasons" tires. That would be due to "all seasons" being a marketing term and clearly don't work in winter months. She may be a 4-wheeler that roosts through the snow but you still have to stop it!

Summer: Toyo Proxies 225/45/17 Winter: Bridgestone Blizzaks 205/55/16 My car is a Snow Cat.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:28 PM   #17
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I know this is an oldish thread, but would 225/55/17 be okay tire size on a 7 inch wheel. It's only 11mm taller then a stock 205/55/17.

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Old 11-22-2013, 05:01 PM   #18
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Lets see, Michigan, Winter and All-Season Tires? In a snow belt state like that, for winter you should be driving on 4 Full Snow Tires of the Stock Size or Minus One Size for the best possible traction in slush, any depth snow and ice. All-Season Tires are a trade-off at best, even the most expensive, and I agree with several here, tires are not something to go cheap on, tires connect the car to the road surface and greatly effect the handling or lack there-of more so than suspension upgrades. I use Conty Extreme Contact Summer tires for spring, summer and fall and Conty Extreme Contact Winter tires for the winter in the stock 17 inch size for my '03 330xi sport and the stock 16 inch size for my '03 325 xi.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:04 AM   #19
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Nexen5000 is not a good tire homie. Sure you can drive on them, but performance will be mediocre. Cheap tires don't look good no matter how wide they are.
i would steer away from Nexen tires, had them on my Scion Tc and they wore out within 25000 miles. Switched to Conti DWS and they are really nice tires, had 30 some thousand miles on them when i got rid of the car and they still looked good.
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I know this is an oldish thread, but would 225/55/17 be okay tire size on a 7 inch wheel. It's only 11mm taller then a stock 205/55/17.
I'm thinking you found these used or a great deal on 'em? Anyway, other then throwing your speed-O off slightly, they'll be fine. If you're buying new, go with 45's.
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