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    Posted: 31-October-2003 at 17:15

Not sure if this has been asked before but does anyone know of good places to get tyres for a 3 series. I have a 3 series with the m-sport 17" wheels and am considering upgrading to the 18" MV wheels.

Is there anywhere that do good prices on either 17" or 18" tyres. What have people paid in the past?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-October-2003 at 17:50
Dave Mc Cann is the Dublin 15 fitting agent for eiretyres, and generally beats their price if you go direct to him,..
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Are there any other fitters outside Dublin?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-October-2003 at 23:24
I have found Kwik Fit in Galway provide a very good
service, very professional. Not sure if they are the cheapest, but you should make sure you get a professional outfit to fit the tyres to your new rims so they are not kerbed.

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You can always mail order some from the mainland and then get them fitted back in ireland.
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I use Fast Fit as they are consistently the cheapest.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-November-2003 at 20:29

What tyres do people use or recommend?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-November-2003 at 09:50
bridgestone so3's are what I use om my m3. Great all round tyre but need a bit of scrubbing before they start to really work for you.

Have also had micky pilots on a 325 sport. great grip but soft and sticky.
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I second Eamo on the S03's!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-November-2003 at 11:35

I'm finding the part-worn crossply remoulds from Romania I got are enhancing the rear wheel bias of my 5 series no end! 

Yoko A539s were my tyre of choice for quite a while - however when they let go, they let go big-time!

As a consequence I found that while they are great on the front of my first 5 where their enhanced grip overcame what little understeer was there (it really wasn't an issue in the 1st place), they lacked progression on occasion when fitted to the rear, giving me several 'brown trouser' moments i didn't expect in a 518!

I'm wearing out the Nankangs that came with my current 5 series at the mo, so am interested in what you are all using - Bridgestones seem the gumball of choice - what's the wear rate like?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-November-2003 at 12:22
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The S03 have a threadwear rating of 240 - better than my previous S02's. I'd say they are about average - about 20k with my driving!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-November-2003 at 12:29

I don't think I've had any set of tyres last me more than around 12k and it's not ALL down to bad tracking.... 20k sounds great!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2003 at 10:52
...ahh but you have more weight, 190bhp and an open diff

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2003 at 12:05

yeah the limmo is something I'd like to have - missed it in Mondello with revs flaring for an age on the inside, and then a quick snap out.

IS200s have one as standard, maybe I should buy one of them. NOT.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2003 at 14:21
I have Avon ZZ3 on for the last while. There no a bad price. I dont know if I would choose them again. The front end can be a little vague and tend to over steer. I don,t know if this is a trait of the E46 or may be a wider wheel would help, currenlty useing 205/50/17. In general I would like to sharpen up hte front end. Years OK I had a RS2000 with roller top mounted Bilstines shocks and nylon bushing on hte front. It drove like a go cart but you could take almost any line into a corner like on tracks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2003 at 15:10
I had the predecessor's of these Avons back in 2000. They are an OK tyre but there is better out there. What pressure do you run up front?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2003 at 17:27
Theres a point....must ckeck it out. Lorcan had a trick hand held pressure gauge, any idea where he got it?

Non the less I would like to try some suspention upgrades.
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