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Hi, I have just bought a set (Front 7.5J X 18 ET35 and Rear 8.5J X 18 ET35) Breyton Race GTS (Hyper Silver) Wheels. I have gone for 18 inch cause I have a convertible and do not want to comprimise the ride.

The question is tyres, Front not a prob, will go with 225/40 but the back I have a choice :- 245/35 or 255/35. I have done the Math and the 255 seems to be the better combo for looks, but the 245 is closer to original rolling radius dimensions.

Does anyone have any real life experience on any of these combos.

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Why do you think 255 would look better? More tyre doesnt equal better looking IMO..

Are you sure the fronts are 7.5j? Seems thin for an 18" rim...

I'd go for a slightly smaller tyre, not so small that your speedo is badly effected but small enough to give a slight stretch to improve looks and fitment while maintaining safety and grip..
 

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When you work out the dimensions of the different whhel combos (ie rolling radius or overall diameter of each wheel with tyre fitted) the fronts are about 225/40:- 637.2mm tall whereas the rears are 245/35:- 628.5mm and 255/35:- 635.7mm.

The look I want is Wheel arches to be filled and the rims to sit close to the arch (Hence ET35) BUT not stick out.

I live and work in Germany, the rules governing what can and cannot be fitted to cars is V.Well legislated, Rims sticking outside the arches are not allowed, a rule that I was made aware of last year after I had fitted 19 inch AUDI S5 wheel combos to my A4 (fronts were sticking out by 1.5mm:confused).

I do agree 100% "more rubber does not equal better" in fact the looks and handling of a car can be desimated by "bad choices" in the attempt to look cool.

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Just for example this front wheel was not acceptable (and Not Because its an AUDI;))




Sold the car! Sold the wheels! now left with 255/35 R19 conti3 tyres that will not go on an e46

Hence I am trying to play it safe by using Wheels from a BMW Tuning specialist (Breyton) who have decided in their wisdom to only make (in 18 inch form!) the RACE GTS in 7.5JX18 for the front of an e46.

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