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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 11-02-2013, 02:18 AM   #1
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staggered wheels??

Hey there. Can I put staggered wheels on my 01 330xi? I was chatting with a guy who is selling a set and he doesn't think I can run staggered on an all wheel drive car. I can't see why not.

Anyone know about this?
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:53 AM   #2
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There are differing opinions out there on this topics. But with a staggered set up, it creates differing tire rotation speeds and therefore can create problems with the drive line, particularly the transfer case.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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staggered wheels??

I've been running 265/30-19" at the back and 235/35-19" at the front for 10 years!
No problem.
Just make sure the difference in circumference is less than 1%
The dimentions above gives a difference of only 0,75%


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Old 11-02-2013, 03:20 PM   #4
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I've been running 265/30-19" at the back and 235/35-19" at the front for 10 years!
No problem.
Just make sure the difference in circumference is less than 1%
The dimentions above gives a difference of only 0,75%


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i agree. 1-2% circumference difference is a good rule.

actually, tire width difference is something to consider. even in the m3 (which is obviously rwd), it is recommended not to run a spare in the rear with too much of a width difference. you can for short distances but it is not recommended for any period of time more than necessary to get the car to a safe location.

also, there are several oem wheel and tire configurations for awd vehicles that are staggered.
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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I just wouldn't to be safe.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:51 AM   #6
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[QUOTE=mvance30;15810069]I just wouldn't to be safe.[/
Huh? There will be no problem if you get the size differential right. If you want to go staggered, find one of the wheel size calculators on line. Make sure the difference is less than 3% to minimize rotational disparity. I got mine to less than 2% by special ordering the rear tires. (Conti DWS)
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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t-case is open... run staggared dont be a puss
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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I just wouldn't to be safe.
You realize that the E46 Xi is sold in staggered setups from the factory in other non-USA markets right? You can go to Canada and find one that has a factory staggered setup.

That said, I wouldn't do it simply because that would make the already bad understeer even worse.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:22 PM   #9
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That said, I wouldn't do it simply because that would make the already bad under-steer even worse

take off the front sway... little looser, infinitely less under-steer... be careful

LOL on another note at least its not a AUDI ahahahah

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Old 11-07-2013, 10:07 PM   #10
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I am in Canada.lol. Anyway, I went with a square set up.

While we're here, I have a couple other issues. Power steering is moaning and sounds a little crunchy. Not always though. The problem is intermittent. I took her into my mechanic and he flushed the power steering fluid and changed the power steering fluid resevoir/filter. He added Lucus power steering fix. The problem is still there, just not as loud.

Also, when I turn the engine off I get a ticking sound from the dash. Can't be sure if it's from the stereo or the heater fan. It doesn't matter if I turn them off or not. Sometimes I can hear it when the car is running. The ticking sound lasts different amounts of time every time I drive. Some times a few seconds. Sometimes more than ten minutes.

One more thing. When I come to a stop at a red light etc I get a nasty vibration on the passenger side. It rattles the windows. I have changed both left and right motor mounts without any results. I emailed a mechanic in Toronto asking for advice. He's guessing I need a new Transmission. My mechanic says he doesn't believe that's the problem.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:29 AM   #11
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The only bad deal with staggered is, you can't rotate the tires. Just tossed that in as others missed it.

Our cars make mysterious dash sounds when you shut down. I think it's the HVAC system closing vent duct flappers? I hear whirs, clicks and whatnot's every time. Seems to come from a couple dash locations and is normal. What is not normal is ticking sounds while running. You need to isolate where the sound originates and chase it from that point. There's ventilation automation going on here where airflow is being blended and routed by the system opening and closing ducts magically and what seems randomly. Try shutting the HVAC down during a drive and see if the sounds occur. Press fan speed (-) repeatedly until the display goes blank.
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