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11-12-2001, 03:40 PM

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11-12-2001, 06:09 PM
I spoke at length with Jim at tirerack Jim 800-428-8355-364. He is knowledgable about M3s. We agreed that winters in upstate NY make winter wheels a must, as there are no 18" snow tires readily available.

A simple spoke pattern is easiest to keep clean, a big consideration for me, given the slush/salr/sand/grime situation here. I bought the Sport Edition "Valore: wheels, which are also among the least expensive.

For tires, I wanted something with decent dry performance, as I take some winter trips with lots of superslab miles. Had to have good snow performance, too. Between the Pirelli SnowSport and Blizzak LM-22, Jim recommended the Pirellis. So be it! That means I gave up some of the ice-gripping of softer, squishier tires (like Blizzak MZ01).

I got the same wheels front and rear. I'll give up a little looks/performance in the winter to make it possible to rotate the wheels, and max tire life. To reduce the hub opening Jim sent combo spacer/centering rings and longer bolts.

Now all I need is my M3 (production complete, not yet shipped).

11-12-2001, 08:07 PM

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