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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:07 AM   #41
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2001 325xit 5spd
Yokohama S Drive 225/40/18
18" X3 wheels stock suspension
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:54 PM   #42
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #43
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These are my 18" black CSL wheels w/ 225/40/18 on a non-lowered 325xi. My last car had coil-overs and was slammed, so it's nice being able to go over curbs and pull into driveways without scraping now. I'm thinking about dropping it an inch with an Eibach Pro-Kit though. Although, I bought this car mainly for winter practicality; so I don't know whether I'm going to lower it or not.

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Old 06-03-2013, 03:11 PM   #44
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Wheels that would look good without lowering

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:36 PM   #45
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How do you guys think my car would look with the same exact wheels but instead of 50 series tires going down to a 45 series? Keep in mind I have the stock XI suspension.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:23 PM   #46
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How do you guys think my car would look with the same exact wheels but instead of 50 series tires going down to a 45 series? Keep in mind I have the stock XI suspension.
A smaller profile tire will have a smaller diameter, which will have an overall effect of lowering the car; thus decreasing ground clearance. The stock 205/50R17 has an overall diameter of 25.1". A 215/45R17 has an overall diameter of 24.6" and will lower the car 0.5" from it's current height. A 225/45R17 has an overall diameter of 25" and will keep the car fairly close to its stock ride height while still giving you that lower profile look you want to achieve. That's probably the widest tire you can safely fit on a 7" wide wheel.

While you will have a lower profile tire that has a smaller diameter and has an overall effect of decreasing ground clearance-- without lowering the car, the gap between the tire and the fender will be larger, which could actually give the opposite effect and make your car look higher; like a monster truck lol.

I too was in the same boat as you, deciding on 17's, 18's, or 19's and not wanting to lower the car. After lot's of research, I went with 225/40/18 and I am very pleased. I did a lot of research and came across several posts stating that you shouldn't lower an xi; so, old wives tale or not, I don't think I am going to lower mine.

Not sure what look you are going for, but you can get the CSL reps off ebay for $600 shipped: http://www.ebay.com/itm/18x8-CSL-STY...824134&vxp=mtr

And a set of 225/40/18 Milestar's for $306 shipped: http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-New-225-40...1288a8&vxp=mtr

Look at spending another $100 for mounting and balancing and you're out $1,000 total. If your OEM wheels/tires are in good condition with a lot of tread left, you could probably get $400 for them. You'd be out $600 after it was all said and done. Considering that you would be spending about $288 (plus mounting) on 40 series tires for your old wheels, you can have brand new 18" wheels and tires for a total expenditure of $600 after selling your OEM wheels/tires. Sorry for all the numbers and math, but I'm currently in an econ class this summer and opportunity cost/cost-per-benefit analysis charts are currently flowing through my brain.

Also, if you don't want CSL reps, just go to eBay and type in *5x120 18"* and a bunch of different wheel packages will come up all for around $600 shipped. Try to stay away from the staggered packages or 9" wide wheels unless you are going to go with a wider tire in the rear (more $) and will roll your fenders (more $). And if you are worried about the Milestar's, don't be. I have them and they are EXCELLENT! My other E46 had the OEM Continental Run-Flats (twice the cost) and I seriously can't even tell the difference.


Hope I helped!
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:36 PM   #47
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A smaller profile tire will have a smaller diameter, which will have an overall effect of lowering the car; thus decreasing ground clearance. The stock 205/50R17 has an overall diameter of 25.1". A 215/45R17 has an overall diameter of 24.6" and will lower the car 0.5" from it's current height. A 225/45R17 has an overall diameter of 25" and will keep the car fairly close to its stock ride height while still giving you that lower profile look you want to achieve. That's probably the widest tire you can safely fit on a 7" wide wheel.

While you will have a lower profile tire that has a smaller diameter and has an overall effect of decreasing ground clearance-- without lowering the car, the gap between the tire and the fender will be larger, which could actually give the opposite effect and make your car look higher; like a monster truck lol.

I too was in the same boat as you, deciding on 17's, 18's, or 19's and not wanting to lower the car. After lot's of research, I went with 225/40/18 and I am very pleased. I did a lot of research and came across several posts stating that you shouldn't lower an xi; so, old wives tale or not, I don't think I am going to lower mine.

Not sure what look you are going for, but you can get the CSL reps off ebay for $600 shipped: http://www.ebay.com/itm/18x8-CSL-STY...824134&vxp=mtr

And a set of 225/40/18 Milestar's for $306 shipped: http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-New-225-40...1288a8&vxp=mtr

Look at spending another $100 for mounting and balancing and you're out $1,000 total. If your OEM wheels/tires are in good condition with a lot of tread left, you could probably get $400 for them. You'd be out $600 after it was all said and done. Considering that you would be spending about $288 (plus mounting) on 40 series tires for your old wheels, you can have brand new 18" wheels and tires for a total expenditure of $600 after selling your OEM wheels/tires. Sorry for all the numbers and math, but I'm currently in an econ class this summer and opportunity cost/cost-per-benefit analysis charts are currently flowing through my brain.

Also, if you don't want CSL reps, just go to eBay and type in *5x120 18"* and a bunch of different wheel packages will come up all for around $600 shipped. Try to stay away from the staggered packages or 9" wide wheels unless you are going to go with a wider tire in the rear (more $) and will roll your fenders (more $). And if you are worried about the Milestar's, don't be. I have them and they are EXCELLENT! My other E46 had the OEM Continental Run-Flats (twice the cost) and I seriously can't even tell the difference.


Hope I helped!
This is my main concern..i'm interested in seeing how big of a gap would e created in the wheel well.
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