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Old 09-17-2005, 08:17 PM   #1
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5x112 on an E46? Gary?

I have a friend getting rid of some Merc. wheels and was wondering of there is such thing as a bolt pattern adapter? There is a bit of a "mystique" about adaptors, and I was wondering if anyone can enlighten me as to how they work - or dont work. Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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I have a friend getting rid of some Merc. wheels and was wondering of there is such thing as a bolt pattern adapter? There is a bit of a "mystique" about adaptors, and I was wondering if anyone can enlighten me as to how they work - or dont work. Thanks a lot.
I have yet to see any BMW adaptors. I feel that because you have so many choices for rims that fit, there is little need. You will also run into problems w/ offset. On cars like newer VW's, the Stock offset is in the low to mid 30's, so adding a 25mm adaptor to a high offset wheel (Porsche wheels are a common swap/They have an ET50-55) is much more feasible. On our Bimmers, we have an ET40 stock, so we simple don't have the room to spare. BTW, most MB's are Et35 so w/ an adaptor, you would be looking at a modified Et of 15.

You could have a set custom machined, but I feel the headache for custom adaptors (about $500 a set) and fitment problems make it easier to buy a correct set of wheels.
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:38 PM   #3
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bmw = 5x120, never seen a 5x112 to 5x120 adapter
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Old 09-18-2005, 08:24 PM   #4
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Very good information. Sometimes a good deal turns into more of a headache then anything. I think there was a guy on here selling some wheels - and he was running a BMW to VW adapter, thats the only instance I have really heard about adapters.

Now I wonder if I could just have the bolt pattern drilled?... hmmm...

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I have yet to see any BMW adaptors. I feel that because you have so many choices for rims that fit, there is little need. You will also run into problems w/ offset. On cars like newer VW's, the Stock offset is in the low to mid 30's, so adding a 25mm adaptor to a high offset wheel (Porsche wheels are a common swap/They have an ET50-55) is much more feasible. On our Bimmers, we have an ET40 stock, so we simple don't have the room to spare. BTW, most MB's are Et35 so w/ an adaptor, you would be looking at a modified Et of 15.

You could have a set custom machined, but I feel the headache for custom adaptors (about $500 a set) and fitment problems make it easier to buy a correct set of wheels.
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Old 09-19-2005, 07:31 AM   #5
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I doubt you'll find a way to make them work, sorry.
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