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Old 01-01-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Another Offset Question For The Wheel Gurus


I'm looking to pick up a staggered set of 18x8.5 and 18x9.5 with ET 35 all around.

Thinking that 215/40/18 front and 225/40/18 in the rear will be good tire wise (I run a 225/40/18 on my 10" wide rear wheels on my VW and the stretch is nice).

I have a bit of experience with fender rolling from the front of my VW, but was just wondering if it's going to be the same deal for my E46. That is if I even have to roll with the ET 35 offset.

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Old 01-01-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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With an offset of 35 you'll be perfectly fine but the wheels will be just flush with the fenders and won't really stick out.

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Old 01-01-2013, 11:40 PM   #3
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Skip the stretch... it looks stupid, and ruins wheels.

My new set-up is a 18x8.5et35 on 255/35R18 and 18x9.5et35 on 275/35R18.

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With those offsets I would recommend fender rolling, at least if you are running a more conventional tire size. You may be able to get away without rolling them if you stretch the tires, but in my opinion you should just roll them anyway just in case you want to run a wider tire in the future.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies...

And, it definitely makes sense to roll the fenders as a precaution...good to know that the offset isn't going to be ridiculous, tho!
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