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I have this size on the rear of my E90 335i. This seems to be a reasonably uncommon size, restricting what tyres I can get as a matching set. What have other people done here? Guy at the tyre shop said it was common to go to a 245/40/17, is this a reasonable option?

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It can depend on a lot of things like wheel width.

upload a photo of your car showing the wheels and I can help you :)

 

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They are factory wheels. 8.5" on the rear as far as I'm aware. Thanks

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Hyper has the very good Hankook S1 Evo 2 in that size for 250 each.

Dunlop Sport 050+ is also available, so perhaps try a local beaurepaires?

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Style 194?

http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/194

The normal size for these is 225 45 17 and 255 40 17.

I dont think the rear size is that odd or hard to find but you will be alright with 245 40 17 not a big deal.

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It's hard to find good performance tyres for that size. Last time I checked the Hankook s1 Evo 2 was the only thing available locally that I would of used

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I have run both 255's and 245's on my style 194's and style 68's.

Both work fine, and I like the slightly wider 255's on my e46's, but bear in mind the speedo will read slightly out if you use the non stock size.

 

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Yeah they are the style 194s. How do the Hankooks rate vs the Dunlop 050+, vs something like RE003s?

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I've never used the hankooks or the dunlops, but I'm sure other have and can chime in.

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either of those are okay but what tyres do you have on the front? can you get a matching set? re003 is not much more if any.

Have you considered changing wheels to 18"? 

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I'll be changing all four tyres so looking for a matching set preferably. RE003s not available in 255, only 245.

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Bridgestone S01 appears to be available if you want to go with them.  Hankook would be up there with the RE003 and generally rank a little behind Michelin and Continental but are usually cheaper, haven't heard much about the Dunlop since I think it is quite new.

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Ive got Evo2's on my Merc but can't compare them to RE003's on a BMW. They did offer similar performance on tyre tests and do the job fine. Never used S01's but from experience Michellin PS4's are significantly better than the RE003's performance wise.

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RE-003 are okay, not worth getting too excited over. Very well marketed though. 

Michelin PS4 are wonderful 

The Hankook are good value for money

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laufenn lk01 best budget brand (its a sub brand of hankook)

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The 255 is a better geometric match to the 225/45 you probably have on the front - A 245 is smaller in diameter and is likely to cause ABS errors unless you can set the scaling between wheels using the deflation detection if you have it. 

Michelin PS3 & 4 are available in that size and they are a performance tyres the Hankooks are not. 

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46 minutes ago, dirtydoogle said:

RE-003 are okay, not worth getting too excited over. Very well marketed though. 

Michelin PS4 are wonderful 

The Hankook are good value for money

The PS4 are a perfect match for a 335i especially if it's tuned. 

Eagle F1 Assymetrics are great too, in my experience they're less grippy than a PS4 in the dry but grippier in the wet. Not by a huge margin though. So in NZ either of them are a good option...
Seeing as I have a set of wheels with each,  maybe I should swap back to the Goodyears for whats left of winter :D 

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22 minutes ago, 3pedals said:

Michelin PS3 & 4 are available in that size and they are a performance tyres the Hankooks are not. 

Where are they available? 

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From a  decent Michelin dealer, also Pirelli P7, Zero and Rosso are available in those sizes in NZ currently 

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Apparently Michelins are "buy one, get one half price" currently.

Right @aja540i? It makes your pair about the same price as a SET of 5x RE003's for me :lol:

 

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9 hours ago, Allanw said:

Apparently Michelins are "buy one, get one half price" currently.

Right @aja540i? It makes your pair about the same price as a SET of 5x RE003's for me :lol:

 

Yeah, until the end of August I think. There Is probably more rubber In my 2 rear tyres than your set of 5 though! ;)

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22 minutes ago, aja540i said:

Yeah, until the end of August I think. There Is probably more rubber In my 2 rear tyres than your set of 5 though! ;)

I only have (nearly) half the power going through them... but mine is fed through all 4... so each of yours have to cope with 4 times the power... so they should really be 4x the price :lol: Tell "The Accountant" you're getting a bargain.

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