Tips for making your wheels and tires fit better

By Staff Writer
Jun 16, 2024 | wheels, Shop Work, Wheels & Tires | Posted in Shop Work , Tires & Wheels , News and Notes | From the Aug. 2022 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: David S. Wallens

Questions about fender rolling, downsizing tires, wheel spacers or even what separates a racing wheel from a street wheel? Lucky for you, we have answers.

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rsmith7 GRM+ Member
8/13/22 2:34 p.m.

Glad this was posted as I'm looking to get wheels for my GTI and don't need them flying off on the commute. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/17/22 12:01 p.m.

In reply to rsmith7 :

Thanks and hopefully it helps. 

And thank you, BimmerWorld, for teaching us about the paper test. 

DavyZ New Reader
10/20/23 7:35 p.m.

My wife's car is resting on 19 inch wheels (the + option for her car) instead of the standard 18 inch wheels I wish were on her car.  The tires are so low profile that you can feel every crack in the street not to mention the pounding from potholes and such.  I keep looking for used 18 inch wheels and hoping I'll find a set at a decent price for when the time comes to buy new tires.  I missed that option (sadly) this last go around and shelled out a few coins for those 19 inch low profile (why?!?) tires.  Needless and senseless. Style isn't everything, although if you ask a woman about why they wear high heels, they would rather "look cute" than "be comfortable."  

I am happy to see the BMW in this article wearing sneakers instead of the high heels.  They look good in their own kick-your-ass kind of way that only an M3 can do.  Really.


86Starion New Reader
10/21/23 10:00 a.m.

Time to hit the garage and paper test my setup! Just because it has worked for years of autocross and track days doesn't mean i got it right. Great tip guys, keep on keeping us safe(er)! 

SpoonAP2 New Reader
10/21/23 12:03 p.m.

I remember back then the fender rollers weren't around, we were using a baseball bat at the track to roll our fenders. 

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