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Old 03-09-2017, 05:57 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2002 BMW 330Ci
Square 235/35/19 on 330Ci?

Hello, first time poster here.
I just bought a beautiful red 2002 330Ci, with near perfect condition 19" OEM M3 rims on them. Only problem is, the tires are rotting as they were put on almost 10 years ago. I thought I would just replace them, but upon further inspection, it turns out the car has the front 19inch M3 rims on all 4 corners. And the car has 235/35/19 tires on all 4 corners! This is because M3 rear wheels will not fit on non m e46 I assume.

Interesting choice, and they look great. I have a choice now however. I can keep the current setup and put new 235 rubber all around, or I can get new rims and most likely do 235 front and 255 rear. I would get 18inch rims because I am worried about ride quality with 19's.
I guess I have three questions.

1. How bad is the ride quality with new high quality tires on 19 inch rims?

2. Is a square 235 setup safe for the road? I do not auto x and although I know its 'safe' I'm wondering if there is a noticeable difference between the stock 225 and 255 setup and square 235s.

3. Is it worth it to go through the trouble of getting 18's? It would be perfect if someone out there wants to trade 18 OEM m3 wheels for a set of 19 fronts, but that is unlikely. And plus in the meantime I have to drive on incredibly noisy and harsh old tires.
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:14 PM   #2
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After getting my recent Rob43 suspension build consultation i now know that a square tire setup handles better than a staggered setup on these cars. Unless you are driving on very smooth roads all the time, 19's are not the way to go, plus those 235's are alittle big in diameter. A 225-40-18 in a square setup might be your best overall choice. PS, welcome
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:54 PM   #3
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Thanks! Excited to join the forum.
Bummer about the wheels, I don't want to have to go through the hassle of sourcing and buying new ones and then selling mine. Probably just going to bite the bullet and live with the harsh ride.
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