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  • Tires!!! Limited selection... what to do?

    I have a set of 16x8" BBS's that I love, but I'm struggling to find tires for them.

    225/45/16 is the correct size, but you're basically looking at Dunlop Star Spec Z2's and Toyo R1R's, both of which are 200 treadwear and seem to be basically street-legal track tires.

    There are plenty of 205/50/16's, which is also a correct size, but technically they are not suitable for 8" wide wheels. Should I get some anyway...?

    I don't want to run oversize or undersize tires.

    We are really running out of options for our cars.

  • #2
    Hi, Crank,
    The last set I bought were Falken FK 452 If I remember right, which are a brand not carried by Tire Rack. I would look around for those if they are still available. They have a wear rating greater than 200.
    Larry

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    • #3
      That's a big reason I sold my 16's. It always was an oddball size, especially in 225/45. Way more options in 225/50's but then that's oversized and you don't want to run 205/50 either. They have 225/45 Toyo's but they will run big and are expensive. There's also Nexen NFera's which are reasonably priced street tires.

      88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/M TECH
      89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/SCHWARZ
      89 M3 - SEPANG BRONZE/SCHWARZ
      91 M TECHNIC TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH


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      • #4
        I put the 225/45/16 Star Specs on my car last fall. I'm running BBS RK007 (offset 13) with stock springs. I like the tires and they fit the wheels/car correctly. I've yet to drive the car in heavy rain; they stick well on the street in the dry.

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        • #5
          If you don't drive 10k miles a year the 200 tread is ok it also might be better if you don't drive your M in colder weather because there is no grip with those tires in anything under 50degrees but if it's a summer ride the lower tread is ok I personally have about 8 different sets of wheel combos for my M and of all the sizes the 16 inch bbs RS look and ride the best in all situations
          mike

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          • #6
            dunlop star specs are incredibly uncomfortable on anything other than a track car or a car on stock like suspension. (talking from personal experience. even on stock like suspension, they are rough)

            Nexen su1 is a good tire that is actually comfortable to drive on, while still providing good grip. feels like driving on 15s with 16" grip

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            • #7
              How about the Toyo R1R's? Anyone tried those?

              Do the Star Spec's heat-cycle out, like track tires do?

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              • #8
                I run the same setup and have been struggling with tires the last few years. I did try the 225/50/16 but a) they looked like balloons & b) they rubbed on lock. I just got a set of 225/45/17 in R1Rs and will be mounting them once I'm done refinishing my BBS RS wheels. I'll report back.
                '89 M3
                '11 1M
                '12 MINI JCW
                '89 325i (Chumpcar)
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