Correct 19" winter tyre size for 63 plate e63

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Bit confused by the manual on winter tyre fitment. It says the rears are either of the below.

FA: 255/35 R19 96
RA: 285/30 R19 98

I thought the rear alloys were staggered so how can you fit rears that are identical to the front?!

What sizes of 19 winters are people running on their e63 here? I'd like to order a set ahead of the winter

Thanks
 
Bit confused by the manual on winter tyre fitment. It says the rears are either of the below.

FA: 255/35 R19 96
RA: 285/30 R19 98

I thought the rear alloys were staggered so how can you fit rears that are identical to the front?!

What sizes of 19 winters are people running on their e63 here? I'd like to order a set ahead of the winter

Thanks

Eh? I'm reading that as Front Axle 255/35 R19 96 and Rear Axle 285/30 R19 98, i.e fronts 255 wide and rears at 285.
 
As above, you are also better to have less width on winter tyres than summer tyres as long as the ET on your winter wheels are correct.
 
The manual offers two "approved" options for 19" winter tyres on the W212 E63:

1) The same staggered sizes as for summer

2) 255/35 R19 96V XL on all four corners

Personally I run Michelin Pilot Alpin 4's in 255/35 R19 96V XL size all round. The major advantage is that you can swap fronts to rear on alternate seasons to even out the wear.

And yes, the narrower winter tyres fit fine on the standard rear rims.


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Out of interest, is there not any suggestion that it would be even better to downsize to 18s? I would have thought that smaller wheels offer a 'better' shape of contact patch for winter (and these are probably the smallest that will fit over the brake calipers) - it's about practicality rather than looks.

Obviously this means running a second set of wheels bu then (a). you're not swapping tyres on and off at change of season and (b). you're protecting your best wheels from salt etc.
 
The manual offers two "approved" options for 19" winter tyres on the W212 E63:

1) The same staggered sizes as for summer

2) 255/35 R19 96V XL on all four corners

Personally I run Michelin Pilot Alpin 4's in 255/35 R19 96V XL size all round. The major advantage is that you can swap fronts to rear on alternate seasons to even out the wear.

And yes, the narrower winter tyres fit fine on the standard rear rims.


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Thanks that's helpful I'll order some continentals.i live in the countryside and whilst we rarely get snow ( north Essex) I want some security in the freezing winter conditions :)
 
Out of interest, is there not any suggestion that it would be even better to downsize to 18s? I would have thought that smaller wheels offer a 'better' shape of contact patch for winter (and these are probably the smallest that will fit over the brake calipers) - it's about practicality rather than looks.
There is an 18" wheel option too, but the approved fitment are the same width as the 19's (9J & 9.5J) so other than not having to swap tyres and saving your summer rims, I don't see there being an advantage.

I would gladly run a second set of rims on mine, but its a significant investment (and you need another set of TPMS sensors too). You also don't have the option to swap front to rear to even the wear as the rims are staggered.
 
Thanks that's helpful I'll order some continentals.i live in the countryside and whilst we rarely get snow ( north Essex) I want some security in the freezing winter conditions :)
FWIW I've run Conti TS830P's on a previous W212 (not an E63) and while they were good, they're not a patch on the Mich PA4's.
 

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