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Tires are the easiest way to go...(more) (archive)

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Posted by //AAndy on June 12, 2000 at 12:01:33:

In Reply to: How can I decrease UNDERSTEER? posted by Jonathan on June 12, 2000 at 10:22:08:

I run 235/40x17 front 255/40x17s rear on stock tires and suspension, AVS Sports. For autocrossing I go up to about 42-43 lbs front, and 39 rear. On the street I keep them all around 36.

This gives a relatively neutral setup. I think in a lot of cases on the M3 it's not so much oversteer being a huge problem, but just turn-in not being fast enough. It's a fine line, obviously, but even with beefy tires out back it's not hard to get into power-on oversteer spins, too. The lower wider tires in front give a little more speed turning in.

As others have mentioned, the E36 M3's always going to act a little heavy, particulary in comparison with Miata's, MR2's, Hondas, and other cars you typically see doing well at Autocross.

Andy -- '97 M3

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