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#151 of 273 Re: Time to replace Tires... [shipo]
Mar 22, 2008 (2:23 am)
Thanks Shipo. I know I can always ask a question and you'll answer it.
What a lively little message board we have here regarding tires.
Yes, it has been a long time. I have a little critter in the back seat now, but I still have a BMW. I'm now on my 5th one; which I am very happy with, (I had the 2005 330ci w/performance package but when I found out I was pregnant I realized a 2-door wouldn't do, so I had to sell that and the Porsche and go get a couple of "grocery getters"... I was able to find the exact same 330 but with 4 doors and a year older...
I'll have to look into the tires... I've been putting off getting a new set, but Pig Pen (car) is starting to slip and slide all over the place...
If anyone else has some thoughts on tires, please feel free to chime in...
#152 of 273 Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe
Mar 27, 2008 (6:26 pm)
Hi. I'm new owner of a 2004 330 ci , 34 k miles, and it came with fairly new Michelin Xalto V a/s tires, 205/50/17 ... the wheels are 17inch all around. I live in Midwest and will be able to use the all season tires in winter as long as snows don't get heavy.
My intention is to track (but not race) the car in the summer. I'm thinking of getting a summer tire. What size should I get-- or maybe I should ask what wheel size I should work with, and what size tire should I get? I have heard driving 17 in on track goes pretty good... but I dont know what tire size is actually used for best results. I frequent the Mid Ohio track when I can. It's also important that my summer tire be capable in rain conditions...tho not snow/ice. And I hope to purchase a moderate priced tire r/t an expensive one... of course
Thanks for your recs re tire sizes.
#153 of 273 Re: Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe [ronaries10]
Mar 27, 2008 (7:11 pm)
Size doesn't matter - as long as they fit. Personally, I'd go with 16" wheels and 225ish tires, but you could really use anything you want.
When I first started attending HPDE's, I used high performance street tires and very quickly came to the conclusion that they were inadequate for lapping, and lapping tore them up too much to really use them on the street. A lose, lose situation.
What works for me is to keep my street tires on the car year-round, and have a set of dedicated wheels/tires for the track. I picked up an inexpensive set of "previously loved" wheels and mounted a set of Toyo RA-1's. If you cruise your local chapter boards (and maybe Craigslist and e-bay), you may be able to find some SCAA racers left-over used RA-1's too.
Don't forget your brakes - they're more important than your tires. Flush your brake fluid and check (or better yet, upgrade) your pads/rotors. Most of all though, have fun.
#154 of 273 Re: Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe [ronaries10]
Mar 28, 2008 (6:27 am)
I had a quite a few different Summer performance tires and my favorite is the Michelin PS/2.
#155 of 273 Re: Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe [fedlawman]
Apr 01, 2008 (8:11 pm)
How did you go about finding 16's to put on -- I understand that very few will work on the E46 ? I've heard that Tire Rack sells some rims with their packages - but other than that I wouldn't know where to start to find some that would fit correctly.
I guess there are a lot of potential sellers, or "deals" , and I don't know the particulars of what to buy yet....
If I didn't buy wheels til later , say at end of season , what 17 tire size would work well with my stock 17" wheels (4) ?
Altho I'm not quite a novice, I feel like one as I have yet to learn to drive the car comfortably and smoothly - I miss downshifts as I'm not used to the 6 spd layout yet! So I'm not ready for prime time track anyway! So I'm very willing to compromise this season on wheels / tires and improve components later.
#157 of 273 Re: Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe [fedlawman]
Apr 02, 2008 (11:04 am)
That won't work... the 323i had smaller rotors than the 330's, 328's, and I think even the 325's. If you go to tirerack and put in the 330, only one sixteen inch wheel shows up. If you put in the 323, there are 9 choices.
When I got my 330Ci, I wanted to go with a 16" winter setup. At that time, there was also only one 16" wheel that would fit over the rotors (ATA brand if I remember correctly). It was different from the one that's currently there so there may be other choices available elsewhere.
#158 of 273 Re: Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe [ronaries10]
Apr 02, 2008 (11:12 am)
If you decide to go with 17's, I would probably try to find a set of the 7-spoke BMW wheels that came on the sport-pack 323's and 325's. They're 8" wide and will support either 225's or 235's on all corners. There was a guy who used to hang around these boards (braveheart1) who did a lot of track work and swore by his 235 setup.
#159 of 273 Re: Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe [kominsky]
Apr 02, 2008 (3:08 pm)
You're right, I didn't even think about the rotors being bigger on the later E46's.
BTW, the rotors would have been "ATE", not "ATA." Other than that grievous error, you're completely correct.
#160 of 273 Re: Summer Tire Size for 330 coupe [fedlawman]
Apr 02, 2008 (8:57 pm)
Grieve no more... I was talking about the brand of the 16" wheels that fit over the rotors... but I think I got it wrong anyway... ASA, not ATA, was the brand, I believe.