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      10-31-2019, 03:05 PM   #23
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Handling. The 17s are at least as good as the 18s even on the track. No perceptible difference.

Ride Quality. 17s are a more comfortable ride.

Noise. 17s are a little quieter.

Venerability. The 17s are less vulnerable to damage --either curbing or bends from potholes.

Tire Choices & Cost. The choices for 17s are plentiful and the cost is cheaper.

Weight. The weight of a 17" wheel + tire is usually (at least a little) < than the weight of an 18"+ combination.

Aesthetics. This is subjective. The 18s are probably the sweet spot, but I like the way 17s look better than 19s.

Square. I prefer a square set up over staggered. Probably another whole topic by itself.


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I'm installing a set of second-hand 17" winter tires on my new-to-me 2015 235.

The stock wheels are staggered 18". Pressures are set to 33 front, 38 rear.

What is the recommended pressure for 225 17" square?
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I'm installing a set of second-hand 17" winter tires on my new-to-me 2015 235.

The stock wheels are staggered 18". Pressures are set to 33 front, 38 rear.

What is the recommended pressure for 225 17" square?
I set my 225 17" winter tires to the same pressures that are recommended for my staggered summer tires, and it doesn't seem to be an issue.
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and they're on!

Winters are on, just after first hard frost here in DC area. Turned into a project.

I couldn't get the lug nuts off with my home compressor/wrench, so I took it to a small tire shop nearby. They broke the lug key on the second wheel. Those BMW locks are very good - the shop tried their 'special tools' but couldn't budge the locked lugs.

Drove the car with the one 17" snow and three 18" summers to the BMW dealer, where for a small (hah!) fee the locks were extracted with the master key and the swap completed.

I like the look with the square 17" wheels. Ride is very smooth with a bit more tire noise than the summers.
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