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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-09-2014, 10:51 PM   #1
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Question Where to buy Snow/Winter Tires + Rims? (e46 M3)

I'm just going to cut to the chase and say I've never really had to buy new tires or rims even. But as I close in on my decision of which e46 M3 to purchase, I need to start thinking about practicalities. I live near Chicago, and 333HP + RWD with summer/all season tires doesn't sound very good. Basically winters can be brutal, but I'll make it work.

I'm not sure yet if I want to only purchase tires or tires AND rims. Obviously, It'll be much easier to just have two sets of wheels for summer and winter, but it all depends on the price. I've looked at quite a few websites, but I've never purchased parts for an e46 so I have no clue where I could find tires/tires + rims for a good price. Mostly, I'm just seeing summer tires!

Thanks for any suggestions!

EDIT: I've been looking at Dunlop, Bridgestone, and "tirerack.com". Tirerack has sets of rims+tires pretty cheap, not sure if it's best deal though.

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Old 09-10-2014, 12:44 AM   #2
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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Thank you! I'll be checking out tire rack again
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:47 AM   #4
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You could watch the classifieds section of the forum for used rims and pick up some tires from tirerack
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:53 AM   #5
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Some tips:
- 17" wheels will fit
- 17" tires are much cheaper than 18" or 19"
- skinny tires are better for winter
- it'll cost you $100 to swap tires on rims every year, so just buy a set of cheap rims

I'd look for a set of cheap used 17" BMW wheels someone is getting rid of. Like these:
http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/pts/4659359991.html

My research shows style 96 wheels are 17" x 8" wide and 47 offset. You could go down to a 215 tire on a 8" rim to save some $$$.

Confirm the offsets will fit. They should fit, yet don't trust me, search. There are lots of threads to help confirm fitment. Here's someone from Chicago rocking 17" BMW wheels:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showp...21&postcount=6
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:17 AM   #6
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I have 17" DSIIs from my E36 M3 with 205/50-17s. I am going to see if they fit, but I need to change the tires to 225/50-17 for the correct diameter.

Specification Sidewall Radius Diameter Circumference Revs/Mile Difference
255/35-19 3.5in 13.0in 26.0in 81.8in 775 0.0%

205/50-17 4.0in 12.5in 25.1in 78.8in 804 -3.7%
225/50-17 4.4in 12.9in 25.9in 81.2in 780 -0.7%
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:47 PM   #7
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I have some 17" style 68's I've been meaning to get rid of. They worked great for winter rims when I needed them, the tires on them are shot so they'd need new ones. PM me if you'd like to buy them.

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Old 09-10-2014, 07:39 PM   #8
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I'm actually putting my winter setup for sale soon but I'm in michigan so not sure you'd be interested. Anyway, I used on my ZHP the 17x7.5 Black Painted Sport Edition A7 with the 205/50R17 General Altimax Arctic stud able snows. They were perfect. I didn't stud them because of Michigan laws but the narrow width and aggressive tire pattern was perfect. On top of that they were the cheapest setup for both wheels and tires. I would highly recommend. The only downside, which is typical of winters, is that on clean pavement the ride was noticeably diminished in terms of sidewall strength and turn in response. Road noise was not that bad and they have hardly any wear after 1 season.
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I'm actually putting my winter setup for sale soon but I'm in michigan so not sure you'd be interested. Anyway, I used on my ZHP the 17x7.5 Black Painted Sport Edition A7 with the 205/50R17 General Altimax Arctic stud able snows. They were perfect. I didn't stud them because of Michigan laws but the narrow width and aggressive tire pattern was perfect. On top of that they were the cheapest setup for both wheels and tires. I would highly recommend. The only downside, which is typical of winters, is that on clean pavement the ride was noticeably diminished in terms of sidewall strength and turn in response. Road noise was not that bad and they have hardly any wear after 1 season.
Did you have these on an E46 M3 or your 535?
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I had them on my ZHP. Plenty of brake clearance. Plenty of grip and great performance on ice
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I had them on my ZHP. Plenty of brake clearance. Plenty of grip and great performance on ice
Great, thanks!
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Great, thanks!
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