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Old 05-02-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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Post Dumb question but here it goes!

I'm going to be buying some new rims for this summer on my 2001 330ci and I'm just curious if I can fit 20" or what you recommend for rim size.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:50 PM   #3
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:51 PM   #4
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19 inch rims is max !
unless u cut and shredd stuff!
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:18 PM   #5
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19 inch rims is max !
unless u cut and shredd stuff!
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and 19's is already pushing it.

18's is your safe bet !
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and 19's is already pushing it.

18's is your safe bet !
why would 19'd be pusing it?
And yeah you can go 20's but 19's is your best bet.
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Old 05-02-2009, 03:03 PM   #7
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Even if i go with 20's and like a 35 series tire
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Interesting question, I was at an event at a shop called AT-Speed where Steve Dinan was speaking; it's the newest Dinan certified shop in Maryland and he was asked that very question. His answer surprisingly enough was 18" wheels. He said that in his opinion the best performance wheel balance comes from a wheel no larger than 18" because any larger is scrificing entirely too much side wall. Just my two and a half cents worth. Happy Motoring...
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You drive a 3 series, not an escalade. Keep the wheels non-chrome and 19 or under unless you want to look like an idiot.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:02 AM   #12
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Today i saw 19" Black CSL style rims on an e46 and they looked sick but the tire was very thin. Owner mentioned he had 20"s on. He didnt mention cutting anything for fittment but i didnt ask outright.

What ever you get you will prolly need to get a drop after IMO. I know I do and everyone else says it too.

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That is just your opinions. My car came with them but I get ton of compliments.

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Old 05-03-2009, 01:37 AM   #13
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That is just your opinions. My car came with them but I get ton of compliments.

Its just a matter of taste. Do what makes YOU happy.
It's not just our opinion, it's common consensus. If you want to drive around in an E46 with chrome wheels, thats fine. If you want to drive around with 20 inch rims thats fine too. The OP however came here asking us for what we thought on them. Thats entirely different. They're not meant for the car and they look ridiculous. 19's are even a little too big, but they work a little better. Having chrome wheels though? No. Not a chance in hell.

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Old 05-03-2009, 03:37 AM   #14
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It's not just our opinion, it's common consensus. If you want to drive around in an E46 with chrome wheels, thats fine. If you want to drive around with 20 inch rims thats fine too. The OP however came here asking us for what we thought on them. Thats entirely different. They're not meant for the car and they look ridiculous. 19's are even a little too big, but they work a little better. Having chrome wheels though? No. Not a chance in hell.
hmmm, i think i jumped the gun a little b4 my rant i didnt see where he was asking for recomendations. need 2 read better, although i do mean what i said about everyone saying "why" "no dont do that"...

having said that im rolling on 235/19's. i do prefer wider tires for looks but the 235's handle my 330's massive 230-245 hp pretty well. as for making the car feel slow, i came from 17 lb m68 wheels to (im not sayin) lb 19's and i really dont feel much of a differance in ride quality, agility, or speed. im just keepin my eye out for a set of someones stock 16's i can put on there and take it 2 the track... i can have it all. if you r gonna buy rims, i wouldnt recomend 17's unless you were going strictly for performance, 18's for a little of both, 19's more towards looks, and if you are lookin 2 buy 20's i think i can safely assume that you arent going for performance so much. i would recomend a 19 inch because your gas mileage wont suffer as much as with a 20 inch, plus it will be easier to find sizes that wont give you issues. i think a 20 inch might be a lot more likely to rub. BreakMyWallet was rockin 20's on his 323 and his car was totally basass rolling sex. no one jumped down his back for it. you can rock 20's, just make sure u know how b4 you do.
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They will fit, not a dumb question exactly but you should search.
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35 series tire on a 19" wheel...
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Yeah 19's with 35 series sounds good. i was just shooting for 20's because that is when Dropstar and TIS start their sizing (personal favorites). I don't drive an escalade? Man i got that one confused.
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Yeah 19's with 35 series sounds good. i was just shooting for 20's because that is when Dropstar and TIS start their sizing (personal favorites). I don't drive an escalade? Man i got that one confused.
Why would you crap up your car with those bigass chrome boat anchors? Because they are in rap videos and "Dub" magazine?

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wow!! 19's thats a tight fit
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:14 AM   #20
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well, i'm looking to spend about 1500 at the most on rims. gonna have my whole interior redone to black leather what would you guys say for rims. lip is always nice.
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