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post #1 of 12 Old 15th May 2002, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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tyres???

Which make of tyre have you found to be the best all round for the E36 M3 on std 17in rims? And what size do you run, the std 225 fronts 245 rear, or the 235 all round, or 235 front, 245 rear? Just curious as I have continentals on mine, 235's allround, with no problems at all, giving good performance and feel.
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Ive just (yesterday!) put Mitchelin pilot sports on the back. I had Yokohama A520's all round before. I found they were excellent in the dry but slippy in the wet!

Not had a chance to try out the pilot sports yet. Ill bed them in first!

I have 235s all round
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I have the Yokohama AVS intermediates in 245/40/17 all the way around. I'l be switching to the Bridgestone SO3's very soon. The SO3's have slightly better grip in the wet than the Pilot's do otehr than that they are very comparable tires.

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How about some Continental ContiSport Contact. They were tested as very good, above the Michelin Pilot Sports............. And they are less pricey as well

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235/40/17 tires seem to be better in front and 245/40/17 tires at rear are just fine as you have more rubber in front to decrease understeer.
Also it is better for braking as you increase the contact area in front.

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I use to have pirelli P zeros 225/45/17 front and 245/40/17 rear. Tehy were fine but too expensive 1300$ for the set. They are like eraser and ate up rears at 14 000 km and fronts lasted only 3000 km more.
Then I switched to michelin pilot sports in front 235/40/17 size. Better braking but have more vibration on the wheel on bad road surfaces as the side walls are thinner. They are great tires and turn in better than P Zeros, less understeer. I put Yokohama AVS sport at rear in 245/40/17 size and they are not worse than P zeros and half the price. As the car is very powerfull it doesn't matter much which tyre you put at the rear because all of them lose traction easily if you have a heavy foot. But drift control is great and feeling is very good with AVS sports. Also I paid 760$ for this setup. As pilot sports and AVS sports designs are alike there isn't a problem in the rain either.
Car tends to oversteer on the limit and front holds on very well and I can easily manage to slide the back of the car at the exit of a long narrow turns without worrying about understeer

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