Do I have to keep a staggered set-up?

More and more vehicles are coming from the factory with staggered tires — the front tire is a different size than the rear. While this certainly has advantages in some performance areas, it does come with some restrictions. For example, the number of tire options can be very limited. In addition, tire rotations are restricted or even non-existent in the case of a directional tire. 

So the question is raised, can I square up — run the same size front and rear? In most cases the answer is YES! Most staggered set-ups are the same overall diameter. While the rear tire is wider, it is not taller. In those cases, you can square up the vehicle. This is very common in winter applications.  

In those cases where the rear tire is taller, you must maintain the staggered sizes. The electronic systems, like traction control and ABS as well as speedometer and odometer, are expecting that taller tire.

You can get your tire diameters from our website by checking the specs page on the tires of interest.
BMw 335i with stagger set up


Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by wilson

i would like to upgrade the rims on my 93 toyota mr2 to 16", but i would like to pick the factory staggered set up. is this possible? can you direct me to this type of rims and tires? thx
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by Hunter

Hi Wilson,
It looks like a 7.5" wide wheel will let you run a staggered 16" set up. You can view those onour website by doing a shop by vehicle for wheels and filter for 16"
Monday, November 19, 2012 by tony

front tires are 225 45 r17;
rear tires are245 40 r17; will both fit on a 17 x7.5 O.Z alum. wheels? or do I need another wheel size for the rear?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Hunter

The 245/40R17 requires a minimum of an 8 inch wide wheel, so that will not work.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 by Brad Stewart

2005 X5 BMW 4.4i - factory wheels/tires are Front: 255/50 R19 and Back: 285/45 R19 Can I install snowtires on 18" wheels and if so do they need to be staggered set up? Or can I square up the tire size? Thx!
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Hunter

Hi Brad,
You can run 18" square set up on that for winter.
Sunday, December 16, 2012 by Jonathan

I have a 09 335i with 18" fronts 225/40/18 and rears are 255/35/17. I wanna to go 17" for winter with snow tires. Can I? Can I square up? If Yes what size 17" tires or if not what 2 tire sizes do I need for 17" Thanks
Monday, December 17, 2012 by Hunter

Hi Jonathan,
Yes you can put 17" in a square set up on that car. Just go to enter your vehicle click on winter and it will walk you right through.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 by kenisha

Can i use the same tire size for 19x8.5 front and 19x9.5 back on 2013 ES300h?
Monday, August 26, 2013 by Hulio

Hi- I have a CLk 2001 with 18x8.0 rims and I want to upgrade to front tires 225/40/18 and rear 255/35/18. Is it possible for the 18x8.0rims to hold 255/25 without rubbing or do I need to put 245/40 on my rear wheels.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Hunter

Hi Hulio,
Sorry but the 255 needs at least an 8.5" wide wheel.
Monday, October 28, 2013 by John

I have a 2013 bmw 335i m sport with the front tires being 225x45xR18; and the rear tires being 255x40xR18. Can I make them all 225x45xR18 for the winter?
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Hunter

Hi John,
Yes you can use the 225 on both front and rear.
Saturday, November 2, 2013 by Albert

Good evening,
I have a 2007 BMW 328i with the Sports Package option.
Tire dimensions as follows: 2007 BMW 328i with the Sport Package, staggered wheel configuration.
Front: 225/45R17
Rear: 255/40R17.

It sounds like I can square up by running the 225/45R17 in the front and back. However, I'm wondering about the rear wheels/rims though. The wheel rim themselves are wider in the back than the front right?

If so, wouldn't I have to install the same wheel width in the back as in the front?

If I have to run a narrower wheel in the back (same as the front), wouldn't I have to install spacers in the rear since the original wheel was wider? Am I over-thinking this?
Monday, November 4, 2013 by hunter

Hi Albert,
The 225/45R17 will fit on wheels up to 8.5" wide.
Monday, July 14, 2014 by Kay

I have 03'BMW x5 4.4i with 255/55/18. I want an aerodynamic look or staggered. I don't know if that's what it's called, but when you give the car a slanted stance a little higher in the back? If I want to keep the size in the front 255/55/18 what size in the back for the look I want?
Friday, January 30, 2015 by Tom

Hi -
I have 2011 BMW 335i with sport package and 225/40-18 in front & 255/35-18 in rear. Can I go to 215/45-18 all around? I am looking for a smoother ride.
Monday, February 2, 2015 by hunter

Hi Tom,
I think the 215/45 will be too tall to fit. Removing the run flats typically cures ride complaints with BMW owners.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Alfredo

I had a 2000 s430 with 275/40/18 and 245/45/18 RWD,,, now I purchased a 2004 s430 4matic, can I run my previous staggered set up? or will I mess up the drive train, they are pretty close on diameter,,, please help, thanks
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Jacquie

Hi was looking to buy a 3 series xdrive (2016 year) could I put a none run on flat tyre on it as I have had run on flats on my 09 3 series and not happy with them?
Friday, January 27, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Jacquie,
Yes you can install non run flat tires on your car
Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Gary

I have a 2009 MB E350 Sport model with staggered fit. I'm happy staying with 18" wheels but want to move to standard fit. What size wheels and offset do I need to order?
Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Gary

Should I just choose the base model instead of the sport model in your tire and wheel selector?
Saturday, March 11, 2017 by allan

what are the advantages and disadvantages of a staggered setup? My 535i M (245/40/R19; 275/35/R19) is due for new tires and Im thinking about squaring them up. If I do, will I really be more prone to oversteering as some people say? I drive regularly... no crazy stuff! hahah will squaring them up at 255 be a problem?
Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Allan,
Typically removing the stagger would result in a more balanced car. I would expect less under steer and no over steer in most cases
Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Gary,
In some cases you can run the front size on the rear to square it up

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