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I have a 01 m5 that has been lowered about an inch. It has 275/35 -18 on it now and was wondering if anyone knew if I could get away with 285/35-18. I dont know how much clearance I have right now as the car and wheels are in separate garages right now. Thanks
 

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I have a 01 m5 that has been lowered about an inch. It has 275/35 -18 on it now and was wondering if anyone knew if I could get away with 285/35-18. I dont know how much clearance I have right now as the car and wheels are in separate garages right now. Thanks
Discussed MANY times. Do a quick search and you'll find it.

There are members who have run/currently running 285/35/18 tires. Largely depends on the tire manufacturer, and YMMV.
 

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Yes, search is your friend. Yes, you can run 285 35 18s on all fours at ET15 in the front and ET15-25 in the rear. Thus, yes, you can run 295s in the rear with ET20-25. I run 285 35 18 with ET15 on all fours, Hankook R-S3s (summer) and Continental Extreme Contact DWS (winter), with a GC "indented" suspension and ride height of approximately 13.75" in front and about 14" in the rear (before corner-weighting).

--Peter
 

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Peter, how are those rs3s? considering them for the new wheels
 

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Peter, how are those rs3s? considering them for the new wheels
They are spectacular! I only got to run them for a couple of weeks before I had to go to off-season tires, but they are wicked-sticky! And very light for 285 35 18. They are a little noisy and a little rough, but if you want the closest you can get to an R-compound without actually going there, I think the RS3s are the shizzle! I think the comparable popular tire is the Nitto Nt05, though I hear the Pilot Super Sports may be comparable as well.

--Peter
 
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