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Re: Wheel / Tire size? (archive)

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Posted by Brandon Wheaton on September 18, 2000 at 04:12:08:

In Reply to: Re: Wheel / Tire size? posted by Darren M on September 18, 2000 at 02:12:12:

Thanks for your input. I'm thinking I will end up going with the 215 mm width because the difference between them and the 245s is only 1.19 inches which won't have really have much impact on appearance but should have a profound impact on wheel / fender clearance and turn radius. With 17" rims and 40mm sidewalls I'm looking at a total diameter of 20.15" as opposed to 19.54 on the 16" rims and 45mm sidewalls. With the decreased width, however, I'm confident that an adequate (although tight) upper fender clearance will be maintained. If further adjustment is required I will take your advice on decreasing the camber a little.

I'm also thinking I like the BBS RC more than the RX. I've seen quite a few VWs and Civics with the RX and they look too much like Hot Wheels for me ;^)

Take care!

B. Wheaton
1989 E30 M3


Ewww, yeah those wheels do look horrid I think!

I`ve heard of people running 245`s at the front fine, but I think if you do still want to run them on the front the best thing is to put camber plates on to add a bit more negative camber.

Darren M



I bought my '89 M3 used with some ugly no-name 16' 5-spoke wheels and BFGoodrich 245/45/RZ16 tires. I love the width (9.65") of the tires, but the problem is that the front wheels are so wide that the fender lip has bent slightly from tire contact at it's apex on both sides. I'm thinking of buying a set of 17x8 BBS RX with 235/40/ZR17 Bridgestone Potenza RE730s (@9.25" width). Anyone else have experience with 235 mm width tires on the E30 M3? Should I play it safe with 215 mm (8.46")?

B. Wheaton
1989 E30 M3

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