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Old 01-19-2013, 07:02 AM   #1
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I've read about the "ET" having to be either 35 or 40. My ride is an 05 325i sedan. I'm looking to buy 18x8.5 5x120 ET 40all the way around. Would that be correct. Then my biggest problem is I don't know what size tires to get. I don't want low pros.
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225/40R18 would be the size that you could use that would fit without rubbing. Taller tires may rub with 18X8.5.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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225/40R18 would be the size that you could use that would fit without rubbing. Taller tires may rub with 18X8.5.
Yea I don't want them too tall, but now to low. And thks for the response. And I was thinking maybe staggered. And I do know I can't rotate tires.
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Also I was wondering, when I do the drop on my car, can I just get lowering springs?

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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Struts/shocks will blow quickly if you just buy springs. And yes you can rotate your tires. I would go for a square setup if you can. I'm sure you could run 235/40s and not rub as well, 4mm more sidewall, 10mm more width.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:26 PM   #6
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Ok what about the ET how would I know what number that would be?
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ET40 will be fine, so will 35. Get some wheels between these 2 values for guaranteed fitment. Google wheel offset and learn what it means, I don't get paid to teach people on here.
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That sizing should work even with a 235/40/18. That's what we recommend with our wheels.
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That sizing should work even with a 235/40/18. That's what we recommend with our wheels.
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I have a friend, he told me to go et35 in the front and et20 rear. tires would be 225/40/18 front and rear 235/40/18 is that correct?
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Get the same size tires front and back if you have the same width wheels. You can rotate the tires that way. Either 225 or 235s will work. 225s cheaper but I'd prefer the 235s if you're going 8.5" wide. 225s for 8"
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Get the same size tires front and back if you have the same width wheels. You can rotate the tires that way. Either 225 or 235s will work. 225s cheaper but I'd prefer the 235s if you're going 8.5" wide. 225s for 8"
Ok cool, I understand the tire part. But the ET part. My friend told me like I mentioned to do ET35 in front ET20 in back. Is that correct? And i will be getting 18x8.5
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I'd do the same ET front and rear (35) and then get some spacers and bolts for the rear if you want to push them out some. Then you can still rotate wheels.
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I'd do the same ET front and rear (35) and then get some spacers and bolts for the rear if you want to push them out some. Then you can still rotate wheels.
Ok that actually sounds better for me to do. Thks! I will be looking at spacers once I get the order going for the wheels.
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I have a friend, he told me to go et35 in the front and et20 rear. tires would be 225/40/18 front and rear 235/40/18 is that correct?
I'd just stick to the same size wheel and tire combo all around and space the wheels out according to how you want it to look. You will be able to rotate your tires still.
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