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Old 05-18-2002, 10:39 PM   #1
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question for those with the 18" V spoke wheels...

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I'm wondering what size tires came on your wheels? The V-Spokes are the first OEM 18" wheels avail as stock equipment in the US on a regular E46 (as far as I know) and I was wondering what exact tire dimensions they come with and how you guys like the handling - has anyone really pushed it on them yet?
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Old 05-18-2002, 11:30 PM   #2
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i reemmeber lookin at these from the dealer. it was either 225/35/18 or 235/35/18 and 255/30/18. Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
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Old 05-19-2002, 02:28 AM   #3
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On mine they are 225 40 18 front and 255 35 18 rear

the tires are bridgestone Potenza RE040 or something like that tire rack sells the rear tire for $280 a piece

they are very nice I have only seen two other e46's down here in S Florida other than mine. Everywhere I go people ask me about them.
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Old 05-19-2002, 02:29 AM   #4
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Valerie just get the 17 or 18" BBS Ch's...C'MON!!!
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that's true just save the money and get aftermarket rims I agree with ultimate one. when I got mine it was the only 330i on the lot in manual and fully loaded and I needed the card ASAP so I was in luck
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Old 05-19-2002, 02:42 AM   #6
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thanks

i was just wondering how low profile they were, wasnt considering getting the BMW wheels. Thanks for the info


I'm just so confused on whether I stick with the 17s for the known good handling, or risk messing with the handling by getting 18s and losing sidewall. I keep remembering how the handling was significantly impacted on loki's M3 when he had 19s, and the ratio of wheel to tire would be about the same on 18s for me...

I just dont know what to do!
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i was just wondering how low profile they were, wasnt considering getting the BMW wheels. Thanks for the info


I'm just so confused on whether I stick with the 17s for the known good handling, or risk messing with the handling by getting 18s and losing sidewall. I keep remembering how the handling was significantly impacted on loki's M3 when he had 19s, and the ratio of wheel to tire would be about the same on 18s for me...

I just dont know what to do!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't 18s handle better than 17s?
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i have them, i like them but i want to be like everybody else and get type 3's or hm2's. Oh are they 8.5 and 8? i think they are.

one more, if i were looking to sell them without tires, whta would be a good price to sell them for?
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Old 05-19-2002, 11:27 AM   #9
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The front tires are 225 40zr18 and the rears are 255 35zr18 and mine came with michelin pilot sport. I love this set up and I haven't seen too many cars with these on. Except for being a pain in the a$$ to clean I think they are worth it. Get them
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't 18s handle better than 17s?
In my experience with an M3, the car handled better with the stock 18s vs aftermarket 19s. With the 19s on the handling was twitchy and the grip would give way suddenly, not in a progressive manner as they did with 18s. In considering it it seems like the reason was the lower profile tires, less sidewall and rubber patch. Weight isnt everything when it comes ot the dynamics of handling it seems.. The 19s were AVS Sports so I dont think the twitchiness was due to bad tires..

(This is not the same as 18s on a regular E46 since the Ms take 'taller' tires. It looks like the 18s on the M have the same ratio of wheel to tire as the 17s on a reg E46, and the 19s on an M are like 18s)


Based on this logic dictates that I should stay with 17s for the best handling characteristics (and I do recall reading that 17s were optimal for our cars) but I do so love the look of the 18s...

.. and besides, I really should slow down a bit...

I'll just have to decide somehow, and soon!
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wow - this is some old post to dig up
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i think i'll get these instead
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