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Uprating my wheels and tyres

I have a 330d 2001 bmw and wish to put larger wheels on but I have been told that you have to have different sizes on front and back ?? Can you advise tyre sizes for each ?

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18" 225/40's on the front and 18" 255/35's on the rear

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