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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 05-21-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Tire size (again)

I have 205-55-16 on my 04 325 XI what would be the widest tire I can put on with out any rubbing issues.
I know it is in here some where but I did a few searches and did not find any info.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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The widest on those rims or the widest on for example 19"?

I've had 275-30-19" (19x9" rim) on mine at one point with no issues, car was/is then lowered about 40mm.

I've now got 235-35-19" on 19x8" rims on the front and 265-30-19" on 19x9" rims at the back with the same drop, still no issue with rubbing of course.

As for staggered set up, that is the best dimension to go with as it gives the lowest circumference difference, works out to only 0,75%
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:53 AM   #3
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The widest on those rims or the widest on for example 19"?

I've had 275-30-19" (19x9" rim) on mine at one point with no issues, car was/is then lowered about 40mm.

I've now got 235-35-19" on 19x8" rims on the front and 265-30-19" on 19x9" rims at the back with the same drop, still no issue with rubbing of course.

As for staggered set up, that is the best dimension to go with as it gives the lowest circumference difference, works out to only 0,75%
Thank you for the information.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:31 PM   #4
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Don't go 19s unless you want a rough ride. Go 18 X 8.5 with a 235/40/18 tire...
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:59 AM   #5
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225/55R16 probably will be your best bet. anything wider with stock off-set might rub.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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225/55R16 probably will be your best bet. anything wider with stock off-set might rub.
NO. 225/50/16.

225/55/16 is too tall.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:41 AM   #7
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NO. 225/50/16.

225/55/16 is too tall.
That's what I found out when I called Tire Rack,
The widest on stock rims is the 225/50/16 they guarantee the fit,
the 55 would be to tall and rub,
Thanks for the responses.
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