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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 05-12-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S now that need replacing. Tire sealers won't sell the 205/50R17's because the load factor is 89, BMW requires 93, without signing a waver. My question is can I install 225/50R17's, with 94 load factor, without mods or causing tires to rub suspension?
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
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I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S now that need replacing. Tire sealers won't sell the 205/50R17's because the load factor is 89, BMW requires 93, without signing a waver. My question is can I install 225/50R17's, with 94 load factor, without mods or causing tires to rub suspension?
I run 235 / 45 R17...a little taller/wider.... looks nice & no rub
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:26 PM   #3
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I run 205/60/R16 on my OEM rims for winter tires, which are huge compared to my summers - 235/40/R17 and no rub. Also, my rear shocks are shot (replacing with Koni FSDs this weeked! ) and still had no rub, even though the tires look way bigger than they should be.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S now that need replacing. Tire sealers won't sell the 205/50R17's because the load factor is 89, BMW requires 93, without signing a waver. My question is can I install 225/50R17's, with 94 load factor, without mods or causing tires to rub suspension?
The correct conversion is 225/45/17 but 225/50/17 will also do, just a bit taller.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:19 PM   #5
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Depends on the rim size too. My stock Style 73's are only 17 X 7, which I dont think... would accomodate a 225 width tire correctly/safely. I'm no tire guru though.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:10 AM   #6
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Depends on the rim size too. My stock Style 73's are only 17 X 7, which I dont think... would accomodate a 225 width tire correctly/safely. I'm no tire guru though.
Not true. They will fit fine but this is the widest tire the 7 inch wheel will take without issues.
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The correct conversion is 225/45/17 but 225/50/17 will also do, just a bit taller.
yes the correct conversion is 225/45 R17 & 205/50 R17 as the recommended size by BMW however 235/45 R17 will fit with no rubbing issues & definately looks best since it is both taller & wider IMO....wider then the 225/50 R17's.
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