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Old 12-16-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Style 197's on '01 convertible

I bought a set of Style 197's and am trying to figure out an appropriate tire size. The front is 18x8 ET34 and rear is 18x8.5 ET37. I see that the ZHP Style 135's recommend 225/40/18 up front and 255/35/18 on the rear. I'd like to fill up the wheel well but not go outside the fender and no stretch. I'm thinking 235/40/18 and 255/35/18 in Kumho 4X or Pirelli Zero Nero's. I'd love to hear other experience and perhaps pictures. Thanks, TC
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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BMW specs a 225/40 and 255/35 for those wheels on the E9X. These tires specs on the 197s would be fine fitment on the E46 non M.

For reference the 197s are 18x8 ET34 and 18x8.5 ET37

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James, I appreciate the response. I am currently running 225/45/17 up front and 235/45/17 on the rear with my Style 44's but would like fill up the wheel well a bit more. I'm close to buying a set of 235/40/18 and 255/35/18 Pirelli Zero Nero's. Any words of wisdom before I commit?
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Re: Style 197's on '01 convertible

Go with recommended tire sizes to avoid speedometer discalibrations and rubbing going over a bump. If I recall, our member SolidJake had/has these wheels on his car.

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I would just go with the tire sizing that the wheels came with. 225/40/18 and 255/35/18 will look great, and fit nicely.
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A 235/40R18 for most tire brands is right on the edge of being over sized for a 8 inch wide wheel, putting too wide of tire on a wheel can lead to poor handling, tire wear, contact patch issues, etc. As Kevin said the 225 is going to be a better fit for the wheel, and an easier safer fit for your E46.

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