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Old 02-29-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
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Need a smaller tire...

Hi guys,

I was recently running the following on my slammed E46 330ci, no rubbing whatsoever:

18x8.5 ET35 with 225/40/18
18x9.5 ET 40 with 255/35/18

Now I switched rims to...

18x8 ET 20 with 225/40/18
18x9 ET 22 with 255/35/18

With the new rims, i get a lot of rubbing, so much that I had to raise the car a ton.

I was wondering what's a better (smaller) size tire (Dunlop Direzza) to go with my new rims...

My rims are like this...i don't know what size tires these are though:

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Old 02-29-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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First I gotta say that your car is incredibly beautiful to say the least.

But with 18x8 ET 20 you would need a 215/40 or even a 205/40(damn, not many companies make a 205/40/18 tire) but the front will need a 205 if you plan on driving that low

With 18x9 ET 22 you might be good with a 235/40/18 but you'd still have problems if you lower anymore. You picked some very low offsets to work with, the rims are killer thats for sure but you gonna have to be running on some very stretched tires to make it work.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:55 AM   #4
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Looks great, love those wheels, can't wait to drop mine this summer.

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