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      09-19-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Square look sidewall on HP All-season tire

I'm getting new wheels in 19x8.5 & 19x9.5. I want a GOOD all season tire that fills out the rim and gives a 'square look' (no stretch or balloon).

1. What tires should I look at?
2. Rear will be a 275/30.
3. What front will match the look of the rear better - 235/35 or 245/35?

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For those wheel widths a 245/35/19 would fill it out a bit more. From my experience, a lot of all-seasons tend to run true to size or a little narrow. One of the highest rated all-seasons you can buy would be the Continental DWS, so check that one out.

Generally I'd recommend a 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 though. It will fit the wheels without a problem, and isn't considered stretched at all.
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For those wheel widths a 245/35/19 would fill it out a bit more. From my experience, a lot of all-seasons tend to run true to size or a little narrow. One of the highest rated all-seasons you can buy would be the Continental DWS, so check that one out.

Generally I'd recommend a 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 though. It will fit the wheels without a problem, and isn't considered stretched at all.
Conti DWS look good but don't they tend to run narrow compared to the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3?
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I don't know how they compare to the Michelins, as I haven't seen them side by side, but after comparing section widths and other specs on Tirerack, the physical dimensions look about the same. The Michelins probably have a more square shoulder though.
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I don't know how they compare to the Michelins, as I haven't seen them side by side, but after comparing section widths and other specs on Tirerack, the physical dimensions look about the same. The Michelins probably have a more square shoulder though.
Thanks, there are so many opinions floating around it's hard to separate fact from fiction.
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Yeah, that's definitely true! Another thing to point out is that some peoples opinions about how tires run, or what is considered stretched, will vary. So take everything with a grain of salt.

The Continentals have a pretty round shoulder, and if the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3s share anything in common with the PSS in terms of the sidewalls, they will likely have a more square shoulder.
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For those wheel widths a 245/35/19 would fill it out a bit more. From my experience, a lot of all-seasons tend to run true to size or a little narrow. One of the highest rated all-seasons you can buy would be the Continental DWS, so check that one out.

Generally I'd recommend a 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 though. It will fit the wheels without a problem, and isn't considered stretched at all.
Will the 245/35/19 rub on an LCI E90 with a 19x8.5 et35 up front (stock sport suspension)?
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It might rub. I don't recommend that sizing, so I can't say 100% that it will be rub free. Generally with that setup our customers run 235/35/19 tires with no issues.
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It might rub. I don't recommend that sizing, so I can't say 100% that it will be rub free. Generally with that setup our customers run 235/35/19 tires with no issues.
I understand. Perhaps someone else can chime in where they have seen it work (or not work).
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