A while back I got a boat-load of sh*t for asking just how wide a rear tire
I can put on this car. Things like "why would you do that?", "It didn't come
stock like that", "stop asking that question". and more. All I wanted was a
yes, that will work, or no it won't. Anyway, I just installed Goodyear F-1
D3s (18/275/40Y rear. 18/235/40Y in the front) that are 20mm wider than
stock rears. I think it looks great. There is some light rubbing inside the
fender when making quick left turns but I can live with that. Not bad at all
and is silent during most driving conditions. The whole feel of the car is
improved, is smoother riding and quieter that the replaced Michelins (sp?).
This is a great combo. So if you're considering a wider rear tire for your
E46 M3, do it with confidence. I think 285s would rub too much. My 2 cents.
Yep, all's well until you rub through the undercoat and start rusting the
rear qtrs. Or the wider than designed tires cause extra stress and the rear
wheel bearings fail. Other that, I don't see a problem.
FINALLY! A reasonable response to my post. My new tire set is just awesome
and the right rear rubbing (inner wheel well. Not at the fender lip) is
minimal. I don't see it ever being a problem. Looks absolutely killer!
Thanks for the support Adder.
It will wear the sdewall of the tyre and / or the localised heating,
especially on a long fast run, will cause the wall to blister and peel off
The most interesting variation (unfortunately I don't know what the original
rubber was so I can't work it out) is if the tyre is larger diameter than
the original, then there is the possibility of the wheel sticking in the
wheel arch under hard braking rather than the axle hitting the bump stops.
Could get interesting, especially if it happened on one side only...
Do you do skirts, spoilers, opaque windows, air dams, power bulges, wheel
arch flares, fluffy dice and other aids to insurers as to which drivers to
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