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Well finally I managed to find and purchase the wheels I want for my car, I did have the Breyton Imagine series ( 18's ) in mind but they are just silly money and hard to find, however I think these will look the nuts when they arrive, will of course post a pic fitted.

They are the following specs.......

Wolfrace Shark 18inch

8.5 X 18" 5X120 ET35 FRONTS with 225.40.18's

9.5 X 18 5X120 ET45 REARS with 255.35.18's

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As soon as they arrive I will try and get some 235.40.18's fitted to the rear, Otherwise I will be understeering my way to heaven in my car instead of powersliding :wub:

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As soon as they arrive I will try and get some 235.40.18's fitted to the rear, Otherwise I will be understeering my way to heaven in my car instead of powersliding :D

Nice choice of wheel there mate, I was looking at something similar a while back when I couldn't make my mind up. What colour is your car?

You say you want to change the rear tyres, why? 255/35/18 is a standard BMW size for a 18 x 8.5. Thats what on mine at the moment and they are all good :wub:

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Tell me your car is either black or white!!

Those are very nice mate!

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Yer orient blue.

Im changing the size of the rear tyres because if I dont the handling will go pretty screwed up, I really do not need understeer, at least with the 225/235 mix things will return to a more natural balance.

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Yer orient blue.

Im changing the size of the rear tyres because if I dont the handling will go pretty screwed up, I really do not need understeer, at least with the 225/235 mix things will return to a more natural balance.

Are you sure mate?

The tyres that your new wheels are coming with are standard factory BMW sizes, and BMW know what they are doing they have been at it for years. That is why we our cars are all rear wheel drive for a perfect balance etc. My car doesn't understeer at all and has the tyres sizes above and I am sure that no one else has understeering problems with these tyres or else we would all have changed out tyres.

Don't get me wrong if you want to change you tyres then crack on but I just feel it is a waste of time/money and may have an adverse effect on your cars handling.

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None of this makes any sense Mark.

In your fisrt post you quote 2 different tyre sizes for the rear.

First your getting 255.35.18's and then you say your fitting 235.40.18's.

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None of this makes any sense Mark.

In your fisrt post you quote 2 different tyre sizes for the rear.

First your getting 255.35.18's and then you say your fitting 235.40.18's.

Those wheels are a 9.5J rear fitment, a 225 tyre will be stretched ridiculously on a 9.5 J rim. I would be looking to run at least a 255 tyre on that size wheel, with the intention of going 265/275 30 18 if arches allow.

It sounds to me like you are trying to eliminate understeer by compromising on rear end grip so that the rear lets go before the front end starts to understeer :wub:

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Are you sure mate?

The tyres that your new wheels are coming with are standard factory BMW sizes, and BMW know what they are doing they have been at it for years. That is why we our cars are all rear wheel drive for a perfect balance etc. My car doesn't understeer at all and has the tyres sizes above and I am sure that no one else has understeering problems with these tyres or else we would all have changed out tyres.

Don't get me wrong if you want to change you tyres then crack on but I just feel it is a waste of time/money and may have an adverse effect on your cars handling.

You guys are missing the point here.

My standard wheels which I have run since I had the car are 225.45.17 all round, the car has quite a nuetral balance with a little understeer probably due to broken rear springs no doubt.

The news are......

FRONTS -- 8.5 X 18" 5X120 ET35 FRONTS with 225.40.18's, which I plan on keeping as supplied.

REARS -- 9.5 X 18 5X120 ET45 REARS with 255.35.18's, which I plan to change the tyres on when they arrive, downsizing to 235.40.18's

I notice most of you guys which commented with concerns are running cars with much more horsepower than me, and lighter front ends, so no doubt your handling is a little more spirited than mine even as standard.

I dont deny the tyres supplied are correct, however I have spoken with a tyre specialist and they advise the 235's on those rear rims will be just fine, 225's however would be too much of a stretch on the 9.5's

Hope you guys better understand now :wub:

It sounds to me like you are trying to eliminate understeer by compromising on rear end grip so that the rear lets go before the front end starts to understeer

Yes, in a sense, but as you drive an M3 with bucket fulls of power to cause oversteer at any time its not maybe not quite as easy to you to quantify what im trying to achieve here, I can cause understeer at any time with the standard tyre sizes, let alone with an extra 50mm contact patch at the back lol :D

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Well finally I managed to find and purchase the wheels I want for my car, I did have the Breyton Imagine series ( 18's ) in mind but they are just silly money and hard to find, however I think these will look the nuts when they arrive, will of course post a pic fitted.

They are the following specs.......

Wolfrace Shark 18inch

8.5 X 18" 5X120 ET35 FRONTS with 225.40.18's

9.5 X 18 5X120 ET45 REARS with 255.35.18's

post-113-1208382095_thumb.jpg

As soon as they arrive I will try and get some 235.40.18's fitted to the rear, Otherwise I will be understeering my way to heaven in my car instead of powersliding :D

They look the nuts matey and It is exactly for this reason why i have fitted a bogroll holder to the side of me pc

:huh:

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They look the nuts matey and It is exactly for this reason why i have fitted a bogroll holder to the side of me pc

:huh:

LOL........where you been?

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Well here is the first piccys..........well chuffed with them, they sit perfectly.

Now im worried about dropping the car too much when I fit the coilovers tho, more so on the rear end :huh:

Off the car the 225/255 mix doesnt actually look too bad, I will reserve full judgement for the first drive in anger tho.

Just need to wash and polish the car to suit now :D

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LMAO soopa - bog roll holder, very good :D

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They look well on the car mate, really suit the saloon, good work

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they look good - very good. Q: does BMW do any black/silver wheels available in UK? i've got your basic 5 spoke alloy on a 2002 325ci (tit silver) and looking to change to a black/silver rims with the existing 17" michelins (225F/245R). thanks for any ideas.

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Check you out buddy, :D they look great just need to paint those rusty brakes gloss black or silver + the rusty hubs and your there dude :huh:

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