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Best E30 Summer tires?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by t mead, Feb 5, 2009.

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    Any thoughts on the preferred tire for an 88 325ic with stock 14" bottlecaps? Summer, performance, with good rain characteristics. Thanks!
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    ah sheesh - the Tire Rack shows only 3 tire choices for 195/65-14. Check out tirerack.com, search tires for your car or size, read the reviews, and see if any of that helps you decide.
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    Brian A

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    Wow! Where'd they all go???!!??!! Up to a couple of months ago, Tire Rack listed at least 8 tires in 195/65R14.

    An alternative size for 14" bottle caps is 205/60R14. That turns up another 4 options at Tire Rack: still not a whole lot.

    "Noise" rating is more of an issue too for convertibles. Tire Rack lists ratings for that on all tires.

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    John in VA

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    Tire Rack shows 19 total choices in the 195/60-14 size that I've been running on my '85 325e since new.
    Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position or Yokohama AVS ES100 would be the best choices, IMHO.
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    Depending on price

    If you want to spend a lot, buy the Yokos. I never met a Yokohama I didn't like.

    If you want to spend a little, buy either of the Sumitomos. Both are good values for the money.

    Personally, I'd probably go for the 205 size.
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    I retired my bottlecaps and bought a set of 15" Ronal LS wheels shod in Kumho ASX tires. Rides great.

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