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Old 11-12-2012, 05:31 PM   #6
PrecisionX
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Location: New England
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My Ride: 2002 330CI
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Originally Posted by Joe@ApexRaceParts View Post
Since you have stock suspension I would recommend the 8.5" width 18" wheel. It has the same face as the 9" width wheel but is just slightly narrower. You could use a 245/35/18 tire all around with your stock suspension. The 18x9" ET42 is usually only for those looking to use a 255/35/18 tire all the way around with the ability to obtain more negative camber in the front with camber plates. Also a 245/35/18 tire would look quite stretched on a 9" wide wheel. The 18x8.5" ET38 is about .5 lb lighter per wheel. The 18x8.5" is a versatile wheel because you can still mount a 255/35/18 tire on it down the road with no ill effects.


17x9" ET42 ARC-8's in Hyper Silver with 245/40/17 tires.


17x9" ET42 ARC-8's in Hyper Silver with 245/40/17 tires.

Unfortunately the only 18" pictures we have at this time are using 18x9" ET42 wheels but the 18x8.5" ET38 looks almost exactly the same with a flat wheel face.


18x9" ET42 with 255/35/18 tires and negative camber in the front.

18x9" ET42 with 255/35/18 tires and negative camber in the front.
Ok so 18x8.5 will be fine for stock but not so much the 9 wide... will the 18x8.5 still work if I am lowered on that wheel/tire combo? I want something to look good while I'm on stock suspension but still work when my suspension craps out and needs an overhaul, that is when I will be lowering it.
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