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      11-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #1
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Staggering tires on non-staggered 17" wheels -- possible?

I have original 17" non-staggered wheels. Tires need replacing. Can I make the rears wider than the fronts, keeping in mind I have an XI? Thanks!

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Not sure why you would want staggered tires. Aren't you getting enough understeer with your current setup?

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What's under steer? (pardon my ignorance)
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You can go with a staggered tire setup on an xi/xdrive as long as the rolling diameter between the front and rear tires are within 3 revs per mile.

As Tom mentioned it will give you more understeer. Essentially the car will want to continue tracking straight when you're going around a corner despite wanting to turn sharper. This will generally only be noticeable if you track the car.
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