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Re: winter tires and wheels (archive)

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Posted by DC M3 on September 14, 2000 at 14:38:18:

In Reply to: winter tires and wheels posted by Killjoy on September 13, 2000 at 19:16:11:

The ground clearance with 16 inch wheels is still the same -- you run a taller, narrower tire, so the overall height does not change. I have 205/50-16 Pirelli Winter Ice tires on 16" wheels and they work fine. The higher profile and narrower tire works in your favor in snow and ice. The only thing to watch is that most 16" wheels for the 3-series WON'T fit over the M3's bigger brakes. Some will -- check with TireRack for recommendations.


Bob '97 M3/4

I need to find a set of 17" snow tires. And wheels to fit them. I know most bimmers in the winter are riding on Blizacks .. but I have only seen them in up to 16". The reason for the 17" tires is that right now, with 17" tires, I'm barely riding with 4" of ground clearance(on the front splitter). So, if I went to 16" snow tires.. well, thats just a little too close for comfort. Any recommendations of a tire? Thanks. (please no firestone tires .. eh?)

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