Stagger vs. Square Tire Sizes for Winter Use

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Gary Stanley
BMW in SnowMany vehicles today are being equipped with wider tires on the rear axle. This is commonly referred to as a staggered set-up. Those wider rear tires may look better cosmetically and perhaps offer an increase in dry grip traction during the summer months, however, when it comes to winter traction a narrower tire is more effective in cutting through snow and is often more economical. 

As a moderator of a few BMW forums, I'm often asked if one can eliminate the stagger set-up and run the same size winter / snow tires in the front and rear. For most vehicles, the answer is that you can indeed go to a square set-up and use the same size on both axles. However, depending on the vehicle application, this new set-up may require purchasing different wheels. 

Note: A few rare applications require that a taller diameter tire be used on the rear rather than just a wider tire in order to maintain the functionality of the vehicle's ABS and traction control systems.  

To see if you can use a square set-up on your vehicle for improved winter traction, shop by vehicle or contact one of our sales specialists

Comments on Stagger vs. Square Tire Sizes for Winter Use

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Jeff:
I have staggered summer tire on my Challenger SRT8. 255/45ZR20 & 245/45ZR20. Should I go with the 245/45R20 squared for a winter tire size?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Gary:
Jeff,

Yes, you can indeed run a square setup with 245/45R20 all around for winter use on the Challenger SRT8.


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