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      10-11-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Winter setup opinions please?

Considering a staggered winter setup consisting of 8.5 up front and 9.5 rears 18" with a 225 and 255 in rear. Dunlops or Blizaacks. I am usually south of the 401. Anyone have experience with this on a rwd 335?

Will I regret this? Should I just do 8.5 all around 225 square and add spacers to make it more flush?

Any opinions are appreciated!

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225/40/18 all around is your best option for winters!
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i run 225/45/17 all around for winter and have the blizzak lm-60s. I have had them on for a couple winters now and am pretty happy with the set up. you do have to be careful with the gas though in rwd. when theres no snow and the roads are wet i do wish i had more traction on the back wheels though.
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I am going staggered this winter... 18's with the same size tires, but gonna run Pirellis RFTs....

17's look bad on my pimped out ride...
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I am going staggered this winter... 18's with the same size tires, but gonna run Pirellis RFTs....

17's look bad on my pimped out ride...
stretch? Go square with spacers if you need. Narrower tires work better in snow.
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I'm running that setup in the winter. Mind you it's not recommended cause of the rear width, but its fine

18x8.5 225/45 front et30
18x8.5 255/45 rear et15
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I'm running that setup in the winter. Mind you it's not recommended cause of the rear width, but its fine

18x8.5 225/45 front et30
18x8.5 255/45 rear et15
Thats wide for the snow in one of these things plus you can't rotate your tires.
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square and narrow as possible as 335BBs said. 18's should be good enough if you feel 17's are too small.
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i wanted to get 18s but at the time everyone suggested 17s to me for some reason.. i ended up getting these motegi rims with blizzaks. the black rims look stealthy and cant really tell that they are only 17s unless you give them a close look.
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Thats wide for the snow in one of these things plus you can't rotate your tires.
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I know, but its been fine for me. Drove to and from blue mountain at least 20 times last year without a hitch.

LOL at BarelyMovesinWinter. I feather the throttle and it was fine, I do have a 323i after all #no_power.
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square and narrow as possible as 335BBs said. 18's should be good enough if you feel 17's are too small.
What he said
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If our winter this year is anything like last years, you could run 20" winters with 285 in the back and have no worries haha.

Generally speaking a square setup will work "better", but that doesn't mean mean the staggered setup will be bad. If the areas you drive in are generally plowed you'll be fine.

Ground clearance will become a problem before your 255 rears do.
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i wanted to get 18s but at the time everyone suggested 17s to me for some reason.. i ended up getting these motegi rims with blizzaks. the black rims look stealthy and cant really tell that they are only 17s unless you give them a close look.
Being all black helps. I bet it looks great. Winter tires are softer and will wear faster so by going staggered he will be going through rears if we have another winter like last...cant rotate them .
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Being all black helps. I bet it looks great. Winter tires are softer and will wear faster so by going staggered he will be going through rears if we have another winter like last...cant rotate them .
yup i like the look of these and they are quite the contrast from my summers. and they werent too expensive. although i def need to get some spacers for them this winter because their offset is quite a bit higher than my summers. last winter was quite bad for the softer tires, i saw quite a decrease in tread depth of the rears.
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I'm running that setup in the winter. Mind you it's not recommended cause of the rear width, but its fine

18x8.5 225/45 front et30
18x8.5 255/45 rear et15
Wouldn't an 18" square set-up at 225 width be 225/40, with 8.0 inch width?
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Wouldn't an 18" square set-up at 225 width be 225/40, with 8.0 inch width?
YUP!

OP: not a good idea running a staggered setup in the winter, wider in the rear is useless in the snow.
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If our winter this year is anything like last years, you could run 20" winters with 285 in the back and have no worries haha.

Generally speaking a square setup will work "better", but that doesn't mean mean the staggered setup will be bad. If the areas you drive in are generally plowed you'll be fine.

Ground clearance will become a problem before your 255 rears do.
exactly! although, I drive up to blue mountain/collingwood at least 20-25 times in the winter due to snowboarding but even then I was fine and got there and back without a hitch. I had better traction than most cars I saw with shitty all seasons

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Wouldn't an 18" square set-up at 225 width be 225/40, with 8.0 inch width?
missed the part he said he wants a square setup - I for one don't mind.
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If our winter this year is anything like last years, you could run 20" winters with 285 in the back and have no worries haha.

Generally speaking a square setup will work "better", but that doesn't mean mean the staggered setup will be bad. If the areas you drive in are generally plowed you'll be fine.

Ground clearance will become a problem before your 255 rears do.
exactly !

I also have xdrive, so the car just rips through snow.....
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exactly! although, I drive up to blue mountain/collingwood at least 20-25 times in the winter due to snowboarding but even then I was fine and got there and back without a hitch. I had better traction than most cars I saw with shitty all seasons



missed the part he said he wants a square setup - I for one don't mind.
I was seeing things apparently. I looked quickly and thought he had 225/45 on front and back. Either way, shouldn't a 225 width only be a 40 ratio, and 255 a 35 ratio? Wouldn't the speedo be off with 45 heights?
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I was seeing things apparently. I looked quickly and thought he had 225/45 on front and back. Either way, shouldn't a 225 width only be a 40 ratio, and 255 a 35 ratio? Wouldn't the speedo be off with 45 heights?
yes it would. it would read i think 5% quicker - in my case that's good...speeding ticket is lower than what I expect it to be
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yes it would. it would read i think 5% quicker - in my case that's good...speeding ticket is lower than what I expect it to be
With a larger than stock tire, your speedo will read slower than actual speed.

That having been said, as long as you remember about the speedo difference, it doesn't hurt to add a little extra sidewall for the winter months. I've settled for 235/40/18's on both cars, which is a nice compromise if you run either a square wheel setup, or factory staggered.
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With a larger than stock tire, your speedo will read slower than actual speed.

That having been said, as long as you remember about the speedo difference, it doesn't hurt to add a little extra sidewall for the winter months. I've settled for 235/40/18's on both cars, which is a nice compromise if you run either a square wheel setup, or factory staggered.
ah - thanks for the clarification. Couldn't remember if it was faster or slower.
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