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Old 02-03-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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Question on 18 x 8

I have a 1999 E46 with sport package. I prefer offset with 225 on front and 255 on rear. Will I have a problem with 255 on rear on an 18 x 8.

I have not lowered the car....

If yes... please set me know specific tire size for front and back (ratios)

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im running 255/35/18 on same car as you. lowered.
et38 offset and 18x8.5 tires. You need to provide the offset for us to know if theyll fit.
ANd a 255 with look jumbo like on a 8" wide rim.
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That tire size is not recommended for an 8 inch wheel. A 245/35/18 is within the manufacturer guideline for a wheel that size and will keep your rations in check if you pair it with a 225/40 up front if you want a staggered setup.
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That tire size is not recommended for an 8 inch wheel. A 245/35/18 is within the manufacturer guideline for a wheel that size and will keep your rations in check if you pair it with a 225/40 up front if you want a staggered setup.
Ditto. The widest I would recommend on a 8" is 245. 255 is right there on the edge as well for a 8.5" wheel.

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so 18x8.5 with a 255 on the back of a 328i (sports package) is basically a bad idea i guess. I have seen 255's on the back of an E46 and would love to know how to do it and do it right....
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that tire size is not recommended for an 8 inch wheel. A 245/35/18 is within the manufacturer guideline for a wheel that size and will keep your rations in check if you pair it with a 225/40 up front if you want a staggered setup.
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so 18x8.5 with a 255 on the back of a 328i (sports package) is basically a bad idea i guess. I have seen 255's on the back of an E46 and would love to know how to do it and do it right....
255's on 18X8 = a no no. 255's on 18X8.5 = ok.

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so 18x8.5 with a 255 on the back of a 328i (sports package) is basically a bad idea i guess. I have seen 255's on the back of an E46 and would love to know how to do it and do it right....
8.5 with a 255 is fine, but that is about as wide as I would recommend throwing onto a 8.5" wheel.

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Yes, that is indeed the maximum. Its also what BMW does as OE on the newer 335I sport package cars (18X8.5 with 255/35R18). So, the OP could drop by a BMW dealership if he'd like to see of how that size of tire would look on that width of wheel.
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Yes, that is indeed the maximum. Its also what BMW does as OE on the newer 335I sport package cars (18X8.5 with 255/35R18). So, the OP could drop by a BMW dealership if he'd like to see of how that size of tire would look on that width of wheel.
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So here is my final decision on 1999 328i with Sports Package

18 x 8 with 225/40R18 on front

18 X 8.5 with 255/35R18 on rear

Now I start the shopping... need wheels and tires...

I LOVE the M paralle look on an E46... I actually did this once. I had 18's with 255 on back and 225 on front. Problem is... that car was not a sports package and I belive the sports package model is a little lower (please let me know if I am right on this). That car only rubbed if I had people in the back seat and went over a bump....

Other problem... I purchased the wheels from thewheelexchange . com who is now out of business.... and I don't remember if they were 8 or 8.5 width....
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Sold Sold....

So here is my final decision on 1999 328i with Sports Package

18 x 8 with 225/40R18 on front

18 X 8.5 with 255/35R18 on rear

Now I start the shopping... need wheels and tires...

I LOVE the M paralle look on an E46... I actually did this once. I had 18's with 255 on back and 225 on front. Problem is... that car was not a sports package and I belive the sports package model is a little lower (please let me know if I am right on this). That car only rubbed if I had people in the back seat and went over a bump....

Other problem... I purchased the wheels from thewheelexchange . com who is now out of business.... and I don't remember if they were 8 or 8.5 width....
M Sport suspension is slightly lower then Non-Sport. As far as the specs on the wheels, you can check on the rear hub or spokes of the wheels for width and offset stamps.

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