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Old 02-02-2017, 01:45 PM   #1
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best tire size for E46 with 19" inch rims

Hello there;

i just recent buy some CLS rims for my E46

I was wondering about the tire size

right now I'm running, 19"inch rims with

235/35/R19 in the 4 wheels (staggered)

the new CSL rims are: 8.5 in the front, and 9.5 in the rear

I was thinking using only the front tyres in the CSL rims, and buy 255/30 for the rear

any suggestions?
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:52 PM   #2
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A 255 30 19 on the rear will work good.
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:04 PM   #3
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A 255 30 19 on the rear will work good.

thanks... I think I'll bought some 255/30 for the rear, and keep the 235 in the front


I want to avoid this style:

https://uhappy2stance.files.wordpres...-hs-7-edit.jpg

don;t like the rim stepped out the tyre


I prefer that the tyre can cover the full rim


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Old 02-02-2017, 08:20 PM   #4
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What is the offset? Nothing wild?
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:28 PM   #5
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What is the offset? Nothing wild?

the new rims are: offset front/rear: 35mm

the current ones ,not sure, let me post a picture of it:
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:58 PM   #6
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Should be good with 35mm offset, 9.5 Inch width and 255/30 /19, you'll probably have more room on the suspension side than the body side though, if you go super low you'll probably need to roll the arch/fender but that's no biggie.

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Old 02-04-2017, 06:30 AM   #7
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thanks... I think I'll bought some 255/30 for the rear, and keep the 235 in the front


I want to avoid this style:

https://uhappy2stance.files.wordpres...-hs-7-edit.jpg

don;t like the rim stepped out the tyre


I prefer that the tyre can cover the full rim


Those tires look oversize,try to reduce on width & increase the profile slghtly.

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Old 02-04-2017, 06:31 AM   #8
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thanks... I think I'll bought some 255/30 for the rear, and keep the 235 in the front


I want to avoid this style:

https://uhappy2stance.files.wordpres...-hs-7-edit.jpg

don;t like the rim stepped out the tyre


I prefer that the tyre can cover the full rim


Try 225/40 R19

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Old 02-04-2017, 06:32 AM   #9
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Remember not to go too much away from manufactures standard.

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Old 02-04-2017, 07:34 AM   #10
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225/40/19 on a 9.5 width will be stretched a bit and give the look he doesn't want, coupes came with 255/35/18 as standard on an 8.5 inch wide rim so no issue going 255/30/19 as long as the offset is 35 or so, may need to roll the arches if it's lowered

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Old 02-06-2017, 02:00 AM   #11
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225/40/19 on a 9.5 width will be stretched a bit and give the look he doesn't want, coupes came with 255/35/18 as standard on an 8.5 inch wide rim so no issue going 255/30/19 as long as the offset is 35 or so, may need to roll the arches if it's lowered

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Oh!ok its worth giving it a try..

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Old 02-07-2017, 10:34 PM   #12
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What about 255/40/r18 on the rear and 225/40/r18 on the front how would that look ?

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Old 02-07-2017, 10:51 PM   #13
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I have 19" with 9.5 rears with 265/30, no rub and fills out the space nicely. Fronts, on 8.5s are 235 with no rub.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:05 AM   #14
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What about 255/40/r18 on the rear and 225/40/r18 on the front how would that look ?

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Wud recomend 235 on the back & 225 in front,e46 never luks good wt wheel aches so to avoid water and mud splashes all over the car I stil recomend the above.

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Old 02-08-2017, 01:37 AM   #15
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Some guys made an awesome webite for this. Go to www.tyrestretch.com and just find your fitment. It really is an awesime page for these questions

Another one. Go to http://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Tire-Size-Calculator
Here you can calculate your overall wheel size (rom+tire) so you know how is your speedo and car dynamics affected.

Im posting from mobile if the links do not work just google them.

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Old 02-08-2017, 04:41 PM   #16
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I assume is not good idea to have the same width in the 4 tyres right?

for example:

235/35 front and 255/35 rear

I think If I put in the rear 255/35 would be nice, and no need to roll the rear fenders
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I assume is not good idea to have the same width in the 4 tyres right?

for example:

235/35 front and 255/35 rear

I think If I put in the rear 255/35 would be nice, and no need to roll the rear fenders
Avoid doing that.

My E39 needs one size up on the front sidewalls to be corrected. Even when I hit third gear the DSC light flashes and the DME steps out of the gas or whatever it does very briefly.

I'm certain I'm NOT breaking the tires loose enough (not even at all) to cut throttle and blink on the dash. I blame this on the diameter being too far apart from F to R.


Also, I don't know how many more mm's the coupe has over the sedan, but if you are going to use a 255/30/19 rear, you will rub if you are lowered. At least when you have a load or a passenger, but probably any time. This also depends how stiff the suspension is, and the camber you are running, and the brand tires you run, and if you are rolled or not on the fenders.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:21 PM   #18
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right now I'm running

235/35/19 in the 4 tyres, I;m lowered with HR springs

but with my new rims, i'm thinking to put 255/35 in the back

255/30/19 over here it;s really expensive tyre...
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right now I'm running

235/35/19 in the 4 tyres, I;m lowered with HR springs

but with my new rims, i'm thinking to put 255/35 in the back

255/30/19 over here it;s really expensive tyre...
Ok, but that is too tall and will not look as good, either. You will be more likely to rub with that as well, due to where the tire rubs up in the fender area. It bypasses the lip and scrubs up above that.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:36 PM   #20
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ok...

i'll do my best to buy 255/30/19 in the rear

actually with the 235/35 is not rubbing in the fenders
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