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Jay
03-17-1998, 05:40 PM
Will be replacing my stock 16" wheels (and keeping them w/ snow-tires for winters here in Boston...!) with 17" wheels, and was wondering if anyone who has done so has noted changes in handling, ride etc.<p>Also, BMW tells me that I must get 4 17" x 7.5", as only the 2.8's larger rear wells can accomodate the wider 8.5" rear tires... yet an aftermarket reseller has said that the 8.5" fit just fine on the 1.9... again, has anyone any comments on this ?<p>Finally, am thinking of either Michellin MMX3 or Yokohama A520 for tires... anyone who has either or another to recommend, please let me know your comments!<p>Thanks all in advance,<p>Jay<p>'97 Montreal blue 1.9, tan leather, tan roof, full wood, and power everything... and am still in love with it 15 months and 2 winters later!<br>

ulrich
03-17-1998, 06:08 PM
<i>: Will be replacing my stock 16" wheels (and keeping them w/ snow-tires for winters here in Boston...!) with 17" wheels, and was wondering if anyone who has done so has noted changes in handling, ride etc.<p>: Also, BMW tells me that I must get 4 17" x 7.5", as only the 2.8's larger rear wells can accomodate the wider 8.5" rear tires... yet an aftermarket reseller has said that the 8.5" fit just fine on the 1.9... again, has anyone any comments on this ?<p>: Finally, am thinking of either Michellin MMX3 or Yokohama A520 for tires... anyone who has either or another to recommend, please let me know your comments!<p>: Thanks all in advance,<p>: Jay<p>: '97 Montreal blue 1.9, tan leather, tan roof, full wood, and power everything... and am still in love with it 15 months and 2 winters later!<p></i><p>My two cents...<p>I switched to 7.5x17 with 225/45/17 and then went directly to an alignment shop to have more negative camber added, all around. The car had less tendency to follow every unevenness in the road after the alignnment. Highly recommended!<p>7.5" or 8" wide wheels seem to be the standard setup in most magazine article I have come across, with the 8.5" setup a little on the radical side. But they will fit.<p>I went with the narrower wheels and 45 series tires (instead of the 235/40 size) because I can still break the rear loose (in turns) every once in a while, even with my 1.9 Z3. The bigger/wider setups are just too much for this little engine.<p>Just my opinion and personal preference.<p>Ulrich

Robert
03-17-1998, 06:26 PM
******font size=2><font face="Arial, Helvetica"><img src="http://www.mz3.net/upgrades/wheels/wheels.jpg" width=200 height=640 border=0 align=left>I have <a href="http://www.mz3.net/upgrades/wheels/index.html">17" by 8.5" wheels</a> on all four corners of my 1.9 Z3. No problem with rubbing and they look great. The 17" wheels give you a little more road feel, and the steering wheel is a little more "heavy handed". Fortunately I also added a <a href="http://www.mz3.net/upgrades/swaybars/index.html">anti-sway bar kit</a> which seemed to enable the Z3 to take advantage of the larger wheels. I am very happy with my setup and its performance. But more importantly the 17" wheels really look great (okay so I'm shallow)<p>I think the general consensus is that the 17" wheels don't really get you any more handling performance (at least on the 1.9). But if you were planning on beefing up sway bars or springs then the 17" wheels will give you a little more stick in the corners.<p>I upgraded for cosmetic reasons and always get complements from those that know their way around the BMW. The ride is a little more harsh, but the roads are in fairly good shape in Dallas so I really don't have any noticeable loss of ride comfort.<center><form action="http://www.mz3.net/cgi-bin/vcenter.cgi?action=vote" method="post"><input type="hidden" name="topic" value="schnitxer"><table border=1 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=0 bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><tr><td bgcolor="#808080"><font size=1 face="Arial, Helvetica" color="#FFFFFF">Vote your opinion on this upgrade</td><td bgcolor="#808080"><font size=1 face="Arial, Helvetica" color="#FFFFFF"><input type="submit" value="Vote"></td></tr><tr><td colspan=2><font size=1 face="Arial, Helvetica" color="#800000"><input type="radio" name="vote" value="Great"> Great<br><input type="radio" name="vote" value="Okay"> Okay<br><input type="radio" name="vote" value="No Opinion"> No Opinion<br><input type="radio" name="vote" value="Not worth the money"> Not worth the money<br><input type="radio" name="vote" value="Sucks"> Sucks</td></tr><tr><td align=center colspan=2 bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size=1 face="Arial, Helvetica" color="#008080">Please Only Vote Once</td></tr></table></form></center><br clear=all></center><br>

Bruce
03-17-1998, 06:37 PM
<i>: Finally, am thinking of either Michellin MMX3 or Yokohama A520 for tires... anyone who has either or another to recommend, please let me know your comments!</i><p>first of all the pilots and the MXX3 tires are great tires, just a bit pricey...have heard that the Bridgestone Potenza S-02 gives you better wet handling while sacrificing a little dry handling (compared to the stock pilots)...can't comment on the Yokes (but i had a problem with them on some AVS+4 about 7 years ago- they didn't honor their warranty- so i swore i would never buy Yokes again)...i guess if i need some new tires before i trade for the M i would seriously consider the potenzas and the pilots or MXX3s (they put the pilots on for a reason!)<p>hope this helps, <br>Bruce<p>

Charles
03-17-1998, 11:59 PM
I've successfully used 235/40/17 on 17x7.5 all around with satisfactory ride quality on my old 1.9, I used Yokohama AVS Intermediates. On my 2.8 I just put on 225/45/17 in front, 235/45/17 in rear and am really happy with the results. I'm using Yokohama's new AVS S1 tires...ride is comparable to the original 16" Michelin Pilots, but as you'd guess still more sensitive to road imperfections...excellent dry weather handling..haven't seen any showers down here since I bought 'em...but if your intrested I'll let you know.<p><i>: Will be replacing my stock 16" wheels (and keeping them w/ snow-tires for winters here in Boston...!) with 17" wheels, and was wondering if anyone who has done so has noted changes in handling, ride etc.<p>: Also, BMW tells me that I must get 4 17" x 7.5", as only the 2.8's larger rear wells can accomodate the wider 8.5" rear tires... yet an aftermarket reseller has said that the 8.5" fit just fine on the 1.9... again, has anyone any comments on this ?<p>: Finally, am thinking of either Michellin MMX3 or Yokohama A520 for tires... anyone who has either or another to recommend, please let me know your comments!<p>: Thanks all in advance,<p>: Jay<p>: '97 Montreal blue 1.9, tan leather, tan roof, full wood, and power everything... and am still in love with it 15 months and 2 winters later!<p></i>

Charles
03-18-1998, 12:04 AM
http://www.tirerack.com<p><i>: Will be replacing my stock 16" wheels (and keeping them w/ snow-tires for winters here in Boston...!) with 17" wheels, and was wondering if anyone who has done so has noted changes in handling, ride etc.<p>: Also, BMW tells me that I must get 4 17" x 7.5", as only the 2.8's larger rear wells can accomodate the wider 8.5" rear tires... yet an aftermarket reseller has said that the 8.5" fit just fine on the 1.9... again, has anyone any comments on this ?<p>: Finally, am thinking of either Michellin MMX3 or Yokohama A520 for tires... anyone who has either or another to recommend, please let me know your comments!<p>: Thanks all in advance,<p>: Jay<p>: '97 Montreal blue 1.9, tan leather, tan roof, full wood, and power everything... and am still in love with it 15 months and 2 winters later!<p></i>

Greg in Sydney
03-18-1998, 03:58 AM
I have 7.5" x 17" wheels on my 1.9l and no regrets...<p>Looks heaps better<br>Steering a little heavier<br>More grip on corners <br>Tends to follow indentations in the road a little<p>Greg

Greg Hudson (Melbourne Australia)
03-18-1998, 11:00 AM
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