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Old 07-15-2004, 07:26 PM   #1
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Staggered or same size all around, what would you guys choose?

I'm trying to decide between a 19x8.5 all around set up so i can rotate my tires or 19x8.5F 19x9.5R. I wont have much disposable income in the next few years so I think a staggered setup will end up costing me too much both immediately and in the long term.

235/35/19 all around - i just dont like how the rear tires will be an inch more narrow.

So would you guys rather shell out for staggered or save money in w/ the uniform setup?
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Old 07-15-2004, 07:39 PM   #2
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When ordering my wheels and tires, I went with the advice of Tire Rack and got 8.5's all around. I've been kicking myself for months that I didn't go staggered.
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Old 07-15-2004, 07:51 PM   #3
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I'm going from staggered 18" oem setup to a same size 8" setup.

225/45/18 front to 255/35/18 to 235/40/18 on all 4
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Old 07-15-2004, 07:53 PM   #4
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I'm going from staggered 18" oem setup to a same size 8" setup.

225/45/18 front to 255/35/18 to 235/40/18 on all 4
want to sell your style 71s??
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Old 07-15-2004, 07:54 PM   #5
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want to sell your style 71s??

not sure you want them. one rear has bad curb rash and one front is completely fuggered up.

oh and they are style 72
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Old 07-15-2004, 08:08 PM   #6
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I'm going from staggered 18" oem setup to a same size 8" setup.

225/45/18 front to 255/35/18 to 235/40/18 on all 4

Do not go 8" all the way around it looks to small. I went w. 18'x8" all around and my only regret is that I lost some of the agrresive stance my 330ci had w/ 8.5" in the rear. I had to buy spacers to pull the rear wheel out from under the car, it had that sunk-in look. If you can go w/ at least 8.5" all around you will probally still need spacers but it will look much more agrresive.
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Do not go 8" all the way around it looks to small. I went w. 18'x8" all around and my only regret is that I lost some of the agrresive stance my 330ci had w/ 8.5" in the rear. I had to buy spacers to pull the rear wheel out from under the car, it had that sunk-in look. If you can go w/ at least 8.5" all around you will probally still need spacers but it will look much more agrresive.

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staggered is worth it
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Old 07-15-2004, 09:38 PM   #10
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I'm trying to decide between a 19x8.5 all around set up so i can rotate my tires or 19x8.5F 19x9.5R. I wont have much disposable income in the next few years...
Wouldn't it just make more sense to buy tires for your OEM 17's if you won't have much income? Even without the rotation, they'll be cheaper to replace then staggered 18's or 19's and you won't have to spend money on new rims. If you are worried about money, don't go with staggered 19's. What's you budget for this?
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Old 07-15-2004, 10:14 PM   #11
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Wouldn't it just make more sense to buy tires for your OEM 17's if you won't have much income? Even without the rotation, they'll be cheaper to replace then staggered 18's or 19's and you won't have to spend money on new rims. If you are worried about money, don't go with staggered 19's. What's you budget for this?
well I have money for both set ups right now. i'm just thinking long term.
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If you want the factor= staggered

If you want to save money= non-staggered

Either way your car will still look with the larger wheels
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I vote for staggered...
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Wow, mrmotorwerk, how did you fit 255 up front?
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$ or not... go STAGGERED!!
below are 19x9 235/35 in front and 19x10 265/30 in rear on a stock suspension 2000 328ci...
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so what wheels are you getting?
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Old 07-16-2004, 12:47 PM   #18
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somebody was telling me if you get a staggered set...it maximizes performance...mainly bc you have more "meat" on the tires...



wow...i hope that made sense what i just wrote...
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Old 07-16-2004, 12:54 PM   #19
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Most people will tell you to get staggered because of the bling factor, but really all it does it induce understeer compared to all-around . I can relate that it does look very nice to have a staggered setup, but I guess the question you have to ask yourself is, can you live with a staggered setup, do you prefer no tire rotation, and do you not mind getting almost 2 rear tires for one front tire (tread life). I was thinking about a staggered look for my car when I was custom ordering my wheels, but I still went same offset all the way around because I preffered to rotate, and tires can get pretty expensive.

Edit: It should be noted that for high power rwd cars, a staggered setup is more beneficial though (i.e. M3). But for a 3-series, I think an all-around setup is more ideal when it comes to performance.

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Old 07-16-2004, 01:24 PM   #20
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I second MrMotorwerk's advice. I've also got 18x8.5 ET38, 255/35/18 all around.
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