Wider Tires on Your BMW 3 Series

While moderating the BMW forums, one of the most common questions I answer is in regards to upgrading tires to a larger size. Using a wider size on the same wheel while maintaining the same overall diameter is known in the tire industry as "plus zero" sizing. This is typically done to get a larger contact patch and for an improved cosmetic appearance.

Here is a list of common plus zero sizes on two popular generations of BMW 3 Series vehicles:

E36 (most 1992-1998 BMW 318i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • If you have factory 16" wheels with the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can install 225/50R16 tires with no problem. This is a very common upgrade and fits the wheels well. The plus size maintains the correct overall diameter and load requirements. With this change, you'll gain about an inch in tire width.

Below are two Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires. The tire on the left is a 205/55R16 and the one the right is size 225/50R16. 

E46 (most 1999-2005 BMW 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i models):

  • With the Original Equipment size of 205/55R16, you can use the plus size of 225/50R16.
  • Owners with the O.E. size of 225/45R17 you can plus size to either 235/40R17 or 235/45R17. With the 235/45R17 size, it's a fit in a vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.
  • For the Original Equipment size of 225/40R18, the plus size of 235/40R18 will work. This is also a case where the plus size fits in the vast majority of cases and typically only rubs on a lowered vehicle or a car with worn suspension components.

For more information on this topic, read "Plus Size Wheels and Tires."




Monday, March 18, 2013 by Trevor G

Hi Gary,
Thanks for taking my question again. Can you recommend a 'plus zero' size for 235/55R18? Thanks!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Gary


I can check on this for you. What is the year and model of vehicle in question?
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Trevor G

Thanks for checking on this Gary. I have a 2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited V6 with both 17" and 18" alloys.
Is plus zero sizing my 18's overkill? I have decided on either the Pirelli Scorpion Zero Verde in 18", Michelin Latitude Tour HP and Yokohoma Geolander A/T-S on my stock 17" alloys, or Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico (the Mercedes H-Speed rated version in plus zero 235/60R17). Thoughts?
Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Gary

The only other 18" size we have fit on the 2009 Rav4 is 245/55R18 which is an uncommon size with very few choices.

I like the Pirelli Scorpion Verde quite a bit, very good choice!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Tom

I have a 93 bmw e36 325i. It is lowered 1" with Bilstein Sports/H&R> I have 225/45R17 all around. The rears have begun "chewing" the inside corners. Are these too wide?
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Gary


We have had no such problems with 225/45R17 on this car. You may want to have the camber setting of your alignment checked.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Elier

Hi, I have a 2002 BMW 330i with 18" wheels, 18x8.5 front and 18x9.0 back. What size tires are the best fit for my car if I want to both maintain performance and ride comfort, but most importantly I don't want them to rub!Thanks in advance
Friday, January 3, 2014 by gasper

Can I install 225/45R17 on my 1999 BMW 318is?
Saturday, January 4, 2014 by Gary


Yes, we have used 225/45R17 on the 1999 BMW 318is with no problem.

Sunday, January 5, 2014 by T.J.

Hello Gary - This is interesting and helpful. I have a 2001 BMW 325xi that came with factory 16s. They came optional with a 17" wheel. I bought 17" wheels off of a 2003 BMX X5. What size tire would I need to keep factory diameter, or can I safely go bigger/wider?
Monday, January 6, 2014 by Gary


Unfortunately we do not have any experience or feedback from those installing an X5 wheel on the 325 so I am not sure what size to recommend. We would normally use size 225/45R17 on the aftermarket 17 inch wheels that we sell.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Major

thanx for your information Gary, i have a bmw 318i which currently has size 195/65/R15 tires, what other sizes can you recommenced for plus zero sizing
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Gary


I can check on this for you. What year is your BMW 318i?
Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Daniel

Greetings, I have a 1995 e36 325i 225-45-r17 front and 235-45-r17 back but I do not like what management feels heavy, slow and consumes a lot of fuel. Recommended me for better handling, and better fuel efficiency? Thank you.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Duckie

Hey I really need some help, I've been researching forever! so I wanna get these rims with dimensions:
Front 18x8
Rear 18x9
Offset 35mm/span>
They're for my 2004 BMW 325i Sedan stock suspension
First I would like to know if they will even fit my car.
I have 205/55/R16 on now.
And most importantly what tires can I and am I going to have to get for them?
I wanna go as wide as I can on the rear. The front will depend on the rear. Also am thinking of getting wheel spacers if that would help...
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Gary


Based on the specs you provided, these wheels will fit your car with size 225/40R18 up front and 255/35R18 rear without the use of spacers.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Jose Muniz

I have a 2005 330ci 2 door convertible (e46)
I'm interested in putting set of wheels - 18x 8.5 front & 18x9.5 in rear . Not planning to lower car .
Will they fit without any rubbing issues & what size
Of tires can I purchase from you guys to make
OEM look ?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Gary


Yes, as long as the wheel offsets are correct, you can use these size wheels. Suggested tire sizing would be 225/40R18 front and 255/35R18 rear.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Porter

Gary, could you tell me if a certain wheel and tire will fit my 3 series?
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Gary


Yes, if this is a wheel that we sell, I can assist.
Friday, June 27, 2014 by doug

will 205 65r16 fit okay on a bmw 325i 4dr sedan?
Monday, July 21, 2014 by James

Gary, I'm hoping to fit 225/45 R17's up front and 245/45 R17's rear on my '97 328i with m sport package suspension.

The wheels are Staggered OEM contours which were originally on an E36 M3.

Will this set up fit?
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Gary


I can check on this for you. What year is your BMW 325i?
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Gary


245/45R17 is too tall for the rear, but you can use 245/40R17 with no problem.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Logan

I have 2007 650 convertible 19inch factory wheels. What are the widest tires for staggered figment?
I have 1994 840 18 inch m parallel spoke staggered fitment 8 front 9.5 rear. What are the widest tires for this staggered fitment?
Thank you
Monday, July 28, 2014 by Gary


The largest we've tried on the 2007 650 is 255/40R19 front and 295/35R19 rear. For the 1994 840i, 245/40R18 and 275/35R18 are the largest we have tried.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Aki

Hey Gary need ur help,
I have a F30 i.e 2012 bmw 328i sports pkg.
Tire size: 225/45/18.
One of my stock tire has a bubble on it and nearly 24000, so i thought i will replace all the 4 tires. I live in CA.
So i think summer tires should be good, as there no snow here.
I went to American tire company and they recommended Bridge-stone Drive Guard. But when i put those tires on my BMW, i don't get the handling or good traction, i feel like i am driving accord or corolla, no grip on the road. Could you please suggest me a good tire for my Car.
I checked out the Bridges tone 960a/s
and Michelin super sport, both don't come in my car recommended size 225/45/18.
-> So should i update my tires to 245/40/18 or suggest any size
-Would i loose warranty if i update to different tires?
- Would there be any impact in the the driving.

Please suggest me a good tire.
2. Road noise are my main concerns.

i am ok with 225 or 245 tire size.
thanks for your help.
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Gary


245/40R18 will fit with no problem. The Driveguard is an all season run flat tire that focuses more on a soft, quiet ride and long wear as opposed to summer tires that would have better handling and grip. Were you looking for run flat or non- run flat tires?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Kevin

We are wanting to upgrade my son's 1998 BMW 328is to 17 inch wheels. I think the m3s used a staggered wheel set up. I don't want to have to use spacers. How much offset and back spacing do I need to use if I use an aftermarket wheel?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Gary


There are too many variables to make a generalized statement on this one, however you can view the complete list of wheels that fit the vehicle in our wheel search database here :

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Erik

hi I have a 2001 330i sport. just came across a set of tires 225 55 17 will they fit my vehicle by chance? thanks ... -erik
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Gary


225/55R17 is too large to fit the 2001 BMW 330i, sorry. 225/45R17 would fit with no problem.

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Grant

Wondering what the widest tire size that I can put on my factory wheels.
Default size is 205 50R17
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Gary


What is the year and model of the car in question?
Monday, September 29, 2014 by Angel


I bought 18" BMW M3 Rims that are staggered for my 2002 BMW 325i. My car isn't lowered what tires can i put on them that will make it look nice and ride smooth?
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Gary


The softest riding tires in the factory 225/45R18 front and 255/40R18 rear sizes would include the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Kumho ECSTA LX Platinum.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Deon

I own a 2007 BMW 328xi. The tire size I have on the car presently is 225/45/R17 (all 4). I am considering buying new rims and tires, the new tire size is 225/50/R17. Can I assume the rims for these will be compatible for the 328xi, what about the differnece in tire size?
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Gary


225/50R17 is too tall and may rub on the 2007 BMW 328Xi.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 by Steve

I have a 1999 BMW 323i . I want to put the M parallel wheels from a 7 series on my car what do I need to do
The current tires are
195 / 65 r15

Do I need to do a camber set up ?
Monday, November 3, 2014 by Gary


I'm sorry, we know of no way to make this setup fit your car.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by James

Would 285/35/18 fit the rear of my 2008, 328i convertible
Friday, November 7, 2014 by Gary


285/35R18 is much too large to fit the 2008 328i.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Robert

I have a 2003 BMW 325XI with stock 16x7 rims with 205/55/16 tires. Am I able to use a BMW 2001 & series rim 18X9 on the car? If so what size tires should I be getting? Would it be 214/40/18?
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Gary


I cannot speak for wheel fitments that we don't sell, sorry. From my past experience , 18X9 is too wide for the front of a 2003 BMW 325xi.
Friday, November 28, 2014 by Jessica

Hi I have a 2005 BMW 330i 17in wheels is it possible to upgrade to 18in?
Monday, December 1, 2014 by Gary


Yes, you can indeed plus size to 18" on the 2005 BMW 330i.

Shop for wheels by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Sunday, December 7, 2014 by Bryan


hi there, I have a 98 bmw 328i driving a 225 45 17 all round. I was wondering if I put a 255 40 18 would it be a problem?
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by Gary


255/40R18 is too tall to fit the 1998 BMW 328i . For 18" tires, use size 225/40R18.
Friday, December 12, 2014 by DSki


I have a 2002 BMW 330XI with 205/50/17's, would I be able to fit 235/45/17's on it with the stock luxury rims on it?
Friday, December 12, 2014 by Gary

D Ski,

I can check on this for you. How wide are your wheels?
Sunday, December 14, 2014 by Melvin

Whats the widest i could go on a square setup 17x9 e46 323i
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Don

I have a 2004 Jaguar x-type 2.5 and replaced the stock rims (16x7) with rims from a S-type (16x7.5). The tires I have on these rims are 225/55/R16, I also had to add a spacer 1.25" to all 4 wheels to insure proper clearance from the suspension. However, I am experiencing rubbing and even bending my front fender lip when I hit bumps on the road. I think this is from the wide tires and the spacer. Can you recommend a solution while keeping these 16x7.5 rims? What is the smallest in width, tire I can use on this size rim?
Thank you
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Gary


17X9 is larger than we've fit up front on a 323i
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Gary


215/55R16 is the smallest that will work on the 16X7.5" on this application.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by David

Hi guys.. perhaps u can help me to know the cause of the shaking of my steering wheel of my bmw 323i 98 model. All ball joints good tie rods ok and suspension as well. I just replaced my front tires to 205x60x16 instead of 205x55x16. Could the taller tires be the cause? Thanks
Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Gary


Non matching tires may be the culprit. Make sure that all four tires are the same size (diameter), brand and model of tire.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 by D Ski

How do I check how big my wheels are?
Friday, December 19, 2014 by Gary

D Ski,

Most wheels have the width measurement stamped on the back of the wheels.
Thursday, December 25, 2014 by m44willhand

. sizes are 195/60 r15.im going to run 18' tire in the summer. woud i have to order two different sized sets spacers or could i work something out with one pair? and still be ale to run the 18'
Friday, December 26, 2014 by Jazz

I have a 2003 BMW e46 318i, running on 205/55 R16 all round. I want to upgrade the front to 225/50 R17 and rear to 245/45 R17. Will these fit?
Monday, December 29, 2014 by Gary


Both 225/50R17 and 245/45R17 are taller than we can recommend to fit a 2003 318i.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Jorge

Hi Gary, how wide can I go with 325i e90 2006 16"? Regards,
Thursday, January 1, 2015 by Al

1998 328 lowered on H&R springs...will 225 40 17 tires present a problem?
Input appreciated..thanks
Saturday, January 3, 2015 by Gary


We've used up to 225/50R16 on the 325i e90 2006 with 16" wheels.
Saturday, January 3, 2015 by Gary


225/40R17 should fit with no problem.
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Djv

I have a BMW e46 320d sedan face-lift 2002 with 225/50R16 tires. I want to put 18" rims to my car. What type of tires should I put and does that have any negative impact on the car?
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Gary


I can check on this for you. What is the width and offset of the 18" wheels?
Monday, January 5, 2015 by David

I have a 1995 BMW 318i Im thinking of installing 235/45R17 tires. Would they fit perfectly? Or rather what is the maximum size that will fit my model?
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Gary


In most cases, 235/45R17 will fit, but watch for clearances on the fender liner/fender well. 225/45R17 will fit.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Alex

Hello. I'm wondering if 18 x 8.5 ET 41 would fit on my 1995 325i convertible. All four rims are the same. Possibly with a 225-40-18 configuration front and 245-40-18 rear. Best tire combination would be really appreciated.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Gary


Correct sizing would be 225/40R18 front and 245/35R18 rear.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Ryan


I have a 2004 325xi sedan, stock wheels are 205/55R17. Im looking to put wider, not necessary taller wheels and tires on. What is the widest wheels/tires I can fit?

Thank you,
Friday, January 30, 2015 by Ricardo

Hello, I have a 2003 BMW 325I Sport with 225/45ZR17 in all rims. I'm interested in the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and was wondering whether the 245/45ZR17 will fit. What's the maximum width that will fit?
Friday, January 30, 2015 by Gary


245/45R17 is too large to fit the 2003 BMW 325i.
Friday, January 30, 2015 by Gary


The stock size on the 2004 325xi is 205/50R17. The alternate wider size that fits is 225/45R17.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Al

1998 BMW 328i lowered on H&R springs, Bilstein sport shocks.Looking at a set of 235 45 17 Michelins will these fit? Response greatly appreciated.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Gary


The largest that we've fit on this setup is a 225/45R17.
Friday, February 13, 2015 by Buster

I have a 2005 bmw 325i and want to upgrade to 18" wheels with 9" or 9.5" wide rear wheel. Wish its the maximun off set can i use and tire dize
Friday, February 13, 2015 by Gary


The largest that consistently fits this car is 18X8.5" with 225/40R18 up front and 18X9.5" with 255/35R18 rear.
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Cullan

I have a 2002 330ci ZHP with 17" after market rims. The current tires cause a small amount of rubbing on the left rear and in the front on sharper turns. Will 225/45r17 fit the front with 245/40r17 in the rear. I think they should but I can't find any info on it anywhere.
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Gary


What is the width and offset of your 17" aftermarket wheels?
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Emily

could I change all my rims on my 2006 330I to these 245/40r17. I would like to have all rims the same size
Monday, March 2, 2015 by Gary


We have had reports of rubbing with widths larger than 235 up front on this car.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Dan

Hi, I have a 207 BMW 328xi with 205/55/R16 on them. Can I go to a 17 wheel with normal tires and not rub the fenders or would I have to go to a low profile tire. I'm new at this thanks for any information you can give me.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Gary


Yes, you can use tire size 225/45R17 with no problem on the 2007 BMW 328Xi.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 by ryan

hi, I have a 2004 bmw 325xi 205/55/r16 base looking to fit 225/40/18 et35 8 inch rims...will I have any problems?..will be a straight fit? thanks
Monday, March 9, 2015 by Gary


225/40R18 should fit the 2004 325xi with no problem.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Edgar g

I have a 2001 325i BMW sedan 4 door on stocks . I am looking into getting some VMR 18" inch can you tell me if I can go "plus zero size" ? Car is not lowered thanks if not what's the best choice?
P.s thanks for responding to everyone
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Dan

Hello, Stock BMW 328xi. Trying to fit 265/35/18 rear & 245/40/18 on front on aftermkt wheels w/50mm offset. Possible or am I dreaming?
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Gary


It seems too aggressive for most 328xi cars, but I can double check. What year is your car?
Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Joshua

Hi. I have a 2000 bmw 323i base model. Has stock rims and tires. Looking into a staggered set of rims. (18x8 & 18x9) stock suspension. But depending on the output of what tires and space I'd have left, I wanted to lower. Just wondering with that being said what tire sizes to try with the staggered rims??
Friday, March 13, 2015 by Gary


Suggested tire sizing for this setup is 225/40R18 front and 255/35R18 rear.
Monday, March 16, 2015 by Johnny

Hey Gary , I have a 2009 BMW 335i msport . it came from the factory with 225-40-18 on the front and 255-35-18 on the rear . I want to know what's the widest tire I can put on the rear , to try to improve traction . Also if I can put a wider tire on the rear , will I need to change the front tires size. Thank you for your help
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Gary


The widest tires that most have success with with 18" setups on the 2009 BMW 335i would be 235/40R18 front and 265/35R18 rear.

Friday, March 20, 2015 by Ryan

I have a 2004 330ci. I bought it used with 225/45R17. What's the best size tire for it and can the tires in the back be wider than the front? Thank you!
Monday, March 23, 2015 by Gary


As long as you have the 17X8 wheels, we've used up to 245/40R17 in the rear with no problem along with 225/45R17 up front.
Monday, April 6, 2015 by Roy

Hi Gary,
I want to upgrade my 16" rims (205/55/16) on my 2006 325 e90 to 17" rims (original). Recommended size on 17" sport package e90 is 225/45/17 in front, and 240/45/17 in back. In case I make this change, would i also have to change shocks or anything else by any chance?
Monday, April 6, 2015 by Gary


If you use 225/45R17 front and 245/40R17 rear, you would not need to make any changes to the vehicle.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Raj

Hi Gary...I am looking for little more wider tires on my 2011 328i x-drive.
currently i have- 225/45/R17..

is it okay to keep 225/45/R17 on front and get 255/45/R17 on rear wheels?
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Gary


255/45R17 is too tall to fit the 2011 328i, but you can use up to 255/40R17 on the rear if you have wide enough wheels to handle them.
Monday, April 13, 2015 by Kimmo

I have a 2008 328i convertible. OE is 225/40/18 in front and 255/35/18 in the back. I'm thinking of "downgrading" to 245/40/18 in the back. Would that work or are they too tall?
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Jaimee

I have a 2012 M3 convertible. Original tire sizes are 265/35/19 and 245/45/19. What you recommend as optimal tire size for this car on a 19" wheel. Do you think bigger is better?
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Gary


You have the largest size that we recommend up front and you can go up to 275/35R19 in the rear with no problem on the 2012 BMW M3.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Gary


245/4R18 is actually taller than 255/35R18 and rubs in some cases.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Abraham

2003 325ci with original set up-205/55/16. 16'rims.Will a 1999 M3 rim and 17'-225/45/17 Pirelli"s 5x120 bolt P.work? Will they rub with passengers?
Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Gary


I would expect no rubbing with that setup.
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Jorge M

2009 bmw 328i, oem tires 225/45 r17, not lowered.
What is the best wider comibination to have?

thank you
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Khalil

hey Gary,
I have e36 1996 328is, I bought it used with 225/45r17 (8x17)inch,what is the best size for this setup ? and I'm looking for make it a little wider on rear..or shall I keep all tires with the same size. hope to know your recommendation.
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Gary


For the most neutral handling, stick with 225/45R17 all around. You can use a wider 245/40R17 in the rear for a different cosmetic appearance.
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Gary


225/45R17 would be the correct sizing for your vehicle.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Brad

This may have been answered, 2002 bmw 330, what size can I get away with,wanna go wide n low, with no rubbing or mods
Monday, April 20, 2015 by Gary


What wheel size do you have on the vehicle?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Serg

Gary... I have a 2011 328Xdrive with OEM 225/45R17. I would like to upgrade to 245/40R17. Can I do that both front and rear? I don't like the idea of having different sizes front/rear due to small difference in diameter... what's your recommendation? thank you!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Gary


245/40R17 is too wide for the front and sometimes rubs. If you must use the same size on all four wheels, use 225/45R17.
Friday, April 24, 2015 by Brad

Wheel size is 17" tires 225 45 & 245 40. I just bought the car so that's all I know, I would like to go with 19" 8.5 front and 9.5 rear. not sure what offset, your thoughts.
Friday, April 24, 2015 by Gary


What is the year and model of the vehicle in question?
Sunday, April 26, 2015 by Bob

I have a 2013 328i Bmw sedan with 225/50x17. Can I go to a 245/40x17 on this? Thanks
Monday, April 27, 2015 by Gary


245/40R17 is a bit short, but you can use 245/45R17 with no problem.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Brad

2002 330ci
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Gary


For 19" setups we use 235/35R19 up front and 265/30R19 rear. Offsets can vary but are generally in the neighborhood of 40-45mm.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Bob

I have a 2011 328ix with 225/45/17 tires
Can I put 235/45/17 tires on this car
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Gary


Yes, 235/45R17 fits the 2011 BMW 328 with no problem.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by jun

i have 1400 BMW 318i with original tire 185x65x15 can i change it with 215x45x17 on this car
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Gary


What year is your BMW 318i?
Friday, May 15, 2015 by jun

Friday, May 15, 2015 by Gary


215/40R17 is the largest that we've fit on the 1991 318i.
Sunday, May 17, 2015 by Lito

1995 BMW 318is. 205/60r/15. What's the best tire replacement :Michelin has two types Defender and Premium or Prime? What other brands? Thank you.
Monday, May 18, 2015 by Gary


Are you looking for a high performance tire or leaning towards a tire with longer wear and a softer ride?
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Abraham

03 325 ci convertible looking to up grade stock rims. Will bmw oem style 189. 18" rims, tire size front 225-40-18 rear 255-35-18 fit with out any problems? or modifications Thanks
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Gary


I cannot speak for cross fitment of BMW original wheels as we do not sell them. I can tell you that we have used 225/40R18 front and 255/35R18 rear on the 2003 BMW 325Ci with no problem.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 by Bob

can I replace my 225/45/17 tires with 235/45/17 on my 2011 328ix,
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Gary


Yes, we have fit 235/45R17 on the 2011 328ix with no problem.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Jon

Looking for widest all-season for Midwest located 2008 BMW 335xi base, 17x8, currently 225x45r17 square. Just want thicker appearance and good year-round run flat . Max size & model preference? Thanks!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Gary


I would suggest that you look into the Bridgestone Driveguard in 235/45R17 as the best option for what you are looking for.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Matt

Hi Gary,

I have a 2008 E90 335i base model with the stock 17x8 ET 34 (Style 159) wheels, with 225/45R17 tires. What is the widest tire I can fit on this rim while maintaining a square setup? Looking at Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3s. Thanks!
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Gary


The widest that we've consistently been able to fit on this setup is 235/45R17.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 by Valvefloat

I want to fit slightly taller tires on my 2007 33i with sport package. Will 225/45-18 and 255/40-18 Michelin Pilot Sports fit?
Saturday, June 13, 2015 by Doug

Hi Gary, I have a 15 328i with 18 in wheels - current size is 225/45/18. I see above that 245/40/18 is recommended but as far as I can tell 255/40/18 is nearly identical in circumference and height while 245/40/18 is almost an inch shorter.

Is that correct and would the 255 width fit?

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Gary


245/40R18 is only about a third of an inch shorter in overall diameter and fits the 2015 328i with no problem. We've had some reports of rubbing with 255/40R18 on the front so we cannot recommend that large of a tire size.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Suede


I have a 2002 BMW 330i with the Sports Package and I would like to change my wheels and tires. Currently I have the following staggered configuration:

Front: Wheel size, 17x7.5 with a 41mm offset. The mounted Tires are size 225/45/17.

Rear: Wheel size, 17x8.5 with a 50mm offset. The mounted Tires are size 245/40/17.

I would like to move away from the staggered configuration and place the same size wheels and the same size tires on all the way around. The Wheel size that I will be using is 17x8.0 with a 47mm offset. Initially for my preferred tire size I wanted to use on these new wheels, was 245/50/17 but I felt this would not work well without performing some kind of modification due to the aspect ratio and wider size both changing, which I did not want to do. Therefore, that leads me to select one of the following tire sizes: 245/45/17 or 235/45/17.

I know that 225/45/17 is what is recommended and will work out just find but I wanted to install a tire that is the widest I could utilized on the front without any tire rubbing and modifications with a 17 inch wheel size. I think 235/45/17 would work out just fine but if I could get away with the 245/45/17 without any issues or modifications, this would be my second choice since the 245/50/17 will not work for me as my initial preference.

The actual tire choices I want to install are the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus, the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology or the Michelin Premier A/S. I live in the southern California area.

What is your advice?

Thank you.

- Suede
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Gary


245/50R17 is indeed to large to fit but 235/45R17 is a size we have used quite a bit in the past with success.

You cannot go wrong with any of the tires you chose, but if you're looking for the longest wear I would lean towards the Pirelli.
Friday, June 19, 2015 by Suede


Thank for your response to my previous question and your advise for selecting the 235/45/17 size, but would the 245/45/17 also work too or is that one too big without modifications?

Thank you.
Friday, June 19, 2015 by Gary


245/45R17 is larger than we have fit without rubbing.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Darren

I have a 2011 335 coupe with M sport. Fronts are 225/40 R18 and Rear are 255/35 R18. Looking at the Bridgestone S04. Would a 235/40 R18 front and 265/35 R18 work? I assume these would be a little taller.
Friday, June 26, 2015 by Gary


We have had good experience and feedback using the sizing you suggested on the 2011 335i coupe. They are just slightly taller and wider.

Monday, June 29, 2015 by eliseo

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Scania

Hi, I'm looking at a set of 245 40 r18 for my 2011 328i xdrive touring. Will these fit?
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Gary


235/40R18 is the largest we have fit on the 2011 BMW 328i xdrive touring without rubbing.
Monday, July 13, 2015 by jordan

hi i have a 2007 328i with sports package. the original tires are 225/45/17 and 255/40/17. would it work if i change the rear from 255 to 245? ty
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Gary


Yes, you can indeed use 245/40R17 on the rear of the 2007 BMW 328i with no problem.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Greg

Hi Gary,

I have a 1995 BMW 318i convertible. It currently has 205/60R16's on factory wheels. I would like to change to aftermarket 16" wheels with 8" on the front and 10" on the rear. The front should be no problem, but what about the rear? What width wheel andoffset should I get and what would be the best tire size? I was thinking about staying with the 205/60R16 in front and 245/50R16 for the rear since they are virtually the same diameter.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Greg

Correction.....I have 205/55R16 on the car now.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Gary


16X10 is much larger than we've fit on the rear of the 1995 318i without rubbing. 205/60R16 is too large as well. 205/55R16 is the largest front tire size along with 225/50R16 rear.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 by keith

can i swap factory rims and tires between a base 2007 328i sedan non staggered and a 2009 335i coupe staggered?>
Monday, July 27, 2015 by Gary


What size wheels and tires do you have on your 2007 328i?
Saturday, August 1, 2015 by Mikey

I have a 2005 BMW 328CI - now have 205/66/R16 on all 4 tires. Can I replace front with 205/60/R16??

Or might those be better in the back?
Friday, August 7, 2015 by Ronnie

Hi, I have a 2006 BMW 330i E90 w/ sports package and O.E. wheels of 18X8 F and 18X8.5 R. I'm looking at getting wheels (Enkei Tuning Raijin) and tires (Conti. ExtremeContact DW or Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position) from your website, but I want to put 18X9.5 in the rear. What would be the best tire size for the rear without rubbing or being too thin?
Monday, August 10, 2015 by Gary


205/60R16 is a bit too tall to fit up front on the 2005 BMW 328Ci in most cases.
Monday, August 10, 2015 by Gary


265/35R18 or 255/35R18 would be the sizing to use for this setup.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by Jim

Hi, i have a 2011 BMW 328i sports package with front tires 225/45R17 back tires 255/40R17 can i rotate my tires? or is therer any way i can get all 4 tires to be one size?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Gary


255/40R17 is too wide for the front of the 2011 328i , but you can use tire size 225/45R17 both front and rear on the factory wheels.
Friday, August 14, 2015 by Jim


another question will the back wheel fit the 225/45R17 tire?
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Gary


Yes, indeed it will.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Ricky


I have a question similar to Jim's i have a 2011 328i M sport ed. with front tires 225/45R17 and 255/40R17 back tires. i want all 4 tires to be the same size for rotation purposes what do you recommend?
Monday, August 24, 2015 by Gary


You can use 225/45R17 on both the front and rear wheels with no problem on the 2011 328i M sport.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Bill

Hi, quick question please. BMW 2005 330XI, currently has 205/50R17 Continentals on it. Will Pirelli 205/45R17 (on sale) work on the same rim?
Friday, August 28, 2015 by Gary


205/45R17 is too short in height and load capacity to be used on the 2005 330Xi. Alternate sizing to 205/50R17 would include 225/45R17.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Jay

I have a 2007 BMW 335I sport sedan. I would like go from stock 18" wheels to a 19" or 20" staggered wheel setup. What would you recommend. Car is stock suspension, possibly lowering in the future.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Gary


For a daily driver, most prefer 19" setups over 20" setups for better ride quality and and wheel durability. Common sizing to use is 235/35R19 with an optional wider rear size of 265/30R19.

Wheel Tire Packages shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Joe


Would you recommend a 235/45R17 for my stock 2011 335xi base sedan? Also what is the widest I can comfortably go on this vehicle? Thanks in advance!
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Egami

Hi I have a 2011 335i xDrive base sedan with stock wheels. I'm looking into buying the Michelin PSS. Would it fit and would it be feasible for me to go up to a 235/45R17? Thanks!
Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Gary


Yes, we have had many customers move to 235/45R17 on the 2011 335i xDrive with no problem.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by jose

HI i have a bmw 2005 325i e46 i want to put 19x8.5 front & 19x9.5 rear , this possible? what tire need?
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Dave

I have a 2004 BMW 325I Sedan with factory 17" 225/45/17 tires lowered about 1.5 inches. I want to put a staggered setup on with a 19x8.5 front and 19x9.5 rear. Can I do this and if so what tire size do I need to go with?
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Gary


Yes, you can use these wheel sizes with 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear assuming the wheel offset is correct.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Gary


While a lowered car may need some modification to fit, you can start with size 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Stef

Currently using 205/55/16 winter tires on my 2012 BMW XI wagon / touring. Have a set of winters 205/60/16 - can I use them? Thanks
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Gary


205/60R16 is just a bit taller than we've tried in the past without rubbing so I cannot say for sure if it will fit.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by philip

I have a 2014 BMW 328i x drive. Original tires are 225/45/R18. I have an extra set of 4 BMW rims mounted with 225/50/R17 winter tires. Can I use these rims and tires on this car during winter? Looking at the manual, both R 17 and R18 appear acceptable.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by philip

I own a 2014 BMW 328 i X drive. Original tires are 225/45/R18. I also have 4 rims and winter tires 225/50/R17. Can these tires be used on this car during winter?
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Gary


With a properly fitting set of 17" wheels, we would indeed use tire size 225/50R17 on the 2014 328i Xdrive.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 by JR

Gary, I have a 2011 BMW 328i Xdrive with stock wheels and am looking for best options in 2 scenarios:
- Largest and widest all weather run flats for all 4 wheels
- Largest and widest options with larger tires on the rears
Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Michael

I drive a 2007 BMW 335i. Original tires sized at 225/45/R17. I'm about to run a new staggered setup with 265/30/R19's in the rear, on a stock suspension and coil overs. Can I expect any known issues associated with getting tires this big on this Non-M Sport model. Thanks
Monday, September 28, 2015 by Gary


Running 235/35R19 front and 265/30R19 rear is the most common 19" staggered sizing setup on the 2007 BMW 335i and should fit with no problem with the correct wheels.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Lou George

I own a 2014 BMW M235i and am ready to purchase a set of 4 tires from you, however, I would like to go a bit wider. The vehicle is used for street driving and daily commute. Here is what I was thinking of doing....but need your expertise before proceeding as my guy at the BMW dealership recommends NOT changing the current tire size....Front is now Michelin Pilot Super Sport 225 40 18 ….. I am thinking of going 235 40 18
Rear is now Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245 35 18 ….. I am thinking of going 255 35 18
KINDLY ADVISE...I would like to go as wide as possible without compromising safety, performance and fender clearance.
Monday, October 12, 2015 by Gary

Lou George,

We have not had any experience with using wider tires up front due to tight clearances, but we have used tires as wide as 255 in the rear of this car. Clearance is also very tight in the rear as well so be sure to test fit before driving on the larger sizing.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Martin Eikemo


I got a Bmw E91 2006, got a set of free rims and winter tires 225 50 r17, will they fit my car? i know the profile normal is 225 45 on r17

best regards Martin
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Gary


225/50R17 is a bit tall and may have some occasional rubbing, especially with deeper treaded winter tires and snow packed onto the tires/fender wells.
Monday, November 2, 2015 by Raj

HI Gary.. I have 2011 328xi with 225/45/R17. i would like to go wider on rear tires with 245/40/R17 and stick with 225/45/R17 on front
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Gary


You can indeed use 225/45R17 up front with 245/40R17 rear as long as your rear wheels are 17X8-17X9.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Stephen

Hello. I am driving a 2010 BMW 335i xDrive with sports package and found a great deal on a set of 225/50R17 snow tires...will they fit?
Thank you for your feedback.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Stephen

Hello. I am driving a 2010 BMW 335i xDrive and found a great deal on a set of 225/50R17 snow tires (offset 40). Will they fit?

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