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      11-25-2020, 04:14 PM   #1
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Exclamation Just punctured my 19inch tyres! Can I swap to OEM 17s

Had my 330d e93 1 day, hit a pot hole and blew the front tyre. Can't live with this sort of shit! Current wheels are 19'' 230 style with staggered widths (8 upfront, 9 wide rears), can I switch to OEM 17'' wheels (front and rears 8 inches).
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Had my 330d e93 1 day, hit a pot hole and blew the front tyre. Can't live with this sort of shit! Current wheels are 19'' 230 style with staggered widths (8 upfront, 9 wide rears), can I switch to OEM 17'' wheels (front and rears 8 inches).
I don't see why not. I have a 330d also, albeit a E92 xDrive, and I run with OEM 18'' wheels in summer and with OEM 17'' in winter. No issues whatsoever.

BTW, you should see the list of the available tire sizes in the drivers' door jamb, there should be a label with all the relevant infos.
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Will the 17'' wheels deal better with potholes?

I assume the 17'' can cope with potholes, the higher tyre wall and lower tyre pressures providing some sort of extra give?
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I assume the 17'' can cope with potholes, the higher tyre wall and lower tyre pressures providing some sort of extra give?
Possibly, yes. I use the 17'' in winter for this exact reason. However, they don't work miracles: if the pothole is deep enough you will crack the 17'' too.
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I assume the 17'' can cope with potholes, the higher tyre wall and lower tyre pressures providing some sort of extra give?
Even with 17" there's still not enough sidewall that you can lower your psi. You need to actually increase it to prevent pinch flats and bent wheels.
Recommend minimum 35 psi but I run 37psi.

18" XL rated tire with 37psi should be pretty robust. Drove like that for years without a problem. First week I get convinced that it's just causing an unnecessary rough ride and lower it to 33psi I get a bent wheel...

Even managed to bend my winter 16" wheels when they were at 32 psi.

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I am running style 157s I also got sick of the flats with my 230s even with 245/275s trying to get more sidewall. We didn't get the 330d here so I don't know what size your brakes are but only some 17s fit over the 335i brakes. 16s are not an option.
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Hey all, just to say I too got sick of the bone-jarring ride and having to slow to under the speed-limit to get over a speed bump...swapped to BMW 18" from OE 19" and the difference is staggering. Firm ride remains, but now can drive around town without constant fear of road-surface imperfections.

[If anyone wants the Style225 19"s, PM me as they're going on eBay in New Year]
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