E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > The Tire Rack's Tire & Wheel Forum

The Tire Rack's Tire & Wheel Forum
Use this forum to discuss anything in relation to wheels to tires to offsets.
Sponsored by The Tire Rack

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
bosljeff
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 10
My Ride: 2001 325i
Plain and Simple: 2001 325i, size tire/wheel to fill...

Every other thread I found was a different combo of questions that didn't match my simple, stock scenario.

I have a 2001 325i. I'm still thread researching to find out if I have any sort of upgrade package (sport etc).

Tires are due so I might as well upgrade.

Simple: What tire/wheel size can I max out on without anything else (no rolling, nothing else)?

Tire size:
Wheel (and offset) size:
Pix of your set up would be great.

I'll keep searching the threads, but thank you for your time.
J.
bosljeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 06-08-2012, 12:09 AM   #2
2003 325i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,637
My Ride: '03 Orient Blue 325i
Can fit 20s, possibly 21s but anything over 19s looks like crap. 18s are what you want IMO.

Rim width choice affects offset choice and tire choice. Likewise offset choice affects rim width choice and tire choice. Likewise tire choice affects offset and rim choice... Suspension you have affects all these choices.
Your choice.

Your question is too vague for anyone to help you.
2003 325i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
VMRWheels
Sponsor
 
VMRWheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Anaheim, CA
Posts: 10,495
My Ride: 2002 AW 325ci
Send a message via AIM to VMRWheels Send a message via Yahoo to VMRWheels
I would agree with the 18" or 19" suggestion. It still gives you driveability with a good amount of tire as well as looks good. You are going to want to go for an 8.5 ET35 front and 9.5 ET45 rear. These are our recommended specs.
__________________
Andrey @ VMR | Wheels
Tel: 714-442-7916 EXT 110 | Email: andrey@velocitymotoring.com

Facebook! | Flickr! | Blog! | Instagram!
*** WINTER WHEEL/TIRE SALE!! ***
VMRWheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012, 02:09 PM   #4
bosljeff
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 10
My Ride: 2001 325i
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2003 325i View Post
Can fit 20s, possibly 21s but anything over 19s looks like crap. 18s are what you want IMO.

Rim width choice affects offset choice and tire choice. Likewise offset choice affects rim width choice and tire choice. Likewise tire choice affects offset and rim choice... Suspension you have affects all these choices.
Your choice.

Your question is too vague for anyone to help you.
I apologize. Once I find the stock dimensions of the stock 16 wheel I have, I'll let you know.

I don't care about the specific numbers as far as the request, just the answer. What numbers will give me a low profile tire, fill the wheel well, not rub, run close to flush with the fenders (I know it isn't possible, but close), keeps me from rolling the fenders and probably won't rub? I want same size front and back.

I would like to put 18s on? Is that possible as a simple bolt on? If so, what combo can pull it off?
bosljeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012, 02:18 PM   #5
bosljeff
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 10
My Ride: 2001 325i
Quote:
Originally Posted by VMRWheels View Post
I would agree with the 18" or 19" suggestion. It still gives you driveability with a good amount of tire as well as looks good. You are going to want to go for an 8.5 ET35 front and 9.5 ET45 rear. These are our recommended specs.
I don't want to assume, but to square it off, just use the 8.5 35 front and back....
bosljeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012, 05:17 PM   #6
VMRWheels
Sponsor
 
VMRWheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Anaheim, CA
Posts: 10,495
My Ride: 2002 AW 325ci
Send a message via AIM to VMRWheels Send a message via Yahoo to VMRWheels
Correct. Benefit to this would be that you can rotate between all four tires.
__________________
Andrey @ VMR | Wheels
Tel: 714-442-7916 EXT 110 | Email: andrey@velocitymotoring.com

Facebook! | Flickr! | Blog! | Instagram!
*** WINTER WHEEL/TIRE SALE!! ***
VMRWheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 10:38 PM   #7
Bimmerboye46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 135
My Ride: 01 325i Sport
I have a 2001 325i Sport Package (rides 1" lower). I called in to discount tire to make sure the wheels I wanted to buy would fit (18X8.5 Squared +35 offest). They said I could go up to 18X9 in the front.

Point is I rolled my fenders but my R/H rear wheel still scrapes when the suspension is compressed!! The lip clears but I want to tear out the damn plastic in my wheel well!

Any ideas or suggestions!? thanks guys...
__________________
Bimmerboye46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 10:25 AM   #8
Miko_10
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 1,253
My Ride: 330i 5 Spd
Quote:
Originally Posted by bosljeff View Post
I don't want to assume, but to square it off, just use the 8.5 35 front and back....
Quote:
Originally Posted by VMRWheels View Post
Correct. Benefit to this would be that you can rotate between all four tires.
I'm curious about this also, what max tire specs can you put on these without doing any fender work? 245s? 255s?
__________________

Last edited by Miko_10; 03-29-2013 at 10:37 AM.
Miko_10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 11:13 AM   #9
Grande D
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dirty South
Posts: 3,392
My Ride: E90 M-Sport
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miko_10 View Post
I'm curious about this also, what max tire specs can you put on these without doing any fender work? 245s? 255s?
255/35 on an 8.5, ET35 may rub with totally stock suspension in the rear. I'd go with a 235/40 or 245/35.
__________________


"All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."
Grande D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 11:40 AM   #10
2003 325i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,637
My Ride: '03 Orient Blue 325i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grande D View Post
255/35 on an 8.5, ET35 may rub with totally stock suspension in the rear. I'd go with a 235/40 or 245/35.
255/35 ET35 on an 18x8.5" wheel will absolutely NOT rub in the rear, but it may in the front. I had them in the rear of my car and I've got the H&R touring cupkit (lower than sports package).
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by MTA330ci View Post
Does anyone have a recommendation on which is the best high performance valve stems?
2003 325i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 04:43 PM   #11
Grande D
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dirty South
Posts: 3,392
My Ride: E90 M-Sport
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2003 325i View Post
255/35 ET35 on an 18x8.5" wheel will absolutely NOT rub in the rear , but it may in the front. I had them in the rear of my car and I've got the H&R touring cupkit (lower than sports package).
.....
__________________


"All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

Last edited by Grande D; 03-31-2013 at 09:56 PM.
Grande D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 10:10 PM   #12
2003 325i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,637
My Ride: '03 Orient Blue 325i
did i stutter?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by MTA330ci View Post
Does anyone have a recommendation on which is the best high performance valve stems?
2003 325i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #13
Grande D
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dirty South
Posts: 3,392
My Ride: E90 M-Sport
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2003 325i View Post
did i stutter?
Your experience is not normal, or your tires are narrow for 255s. What brand and model?
__________________


"All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."
Grande D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 07:19 PM   #14
Bimmerboye46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 135
My Ride: 01 325i Sport
So, after rolling my fenders until they have clearance, grinding the plastic inside of the wheel well (where the fender mates with bumper), I sill dont have clearance on the metal clip that holds the bumper to the fender! It looks like I will need body work done to flare the fender/bumper a bit, similar to an M3.

My alignment is maxed out at -3 chamber. My tires are aligned per spec but I am still having problems mainly with my rear right corner wheel well. Any ideas/solutions?

Thanks
__________________
Bimmerboye46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use