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Old 05-02-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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Post Dumb question but here it goes!

I'm going to be buying some new rims for this summer on my 2001 330ci and I'm just curious if I can fit 20" or what you recommend for rim size.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:50 PM   #3
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:51 PM   #4
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19 inch rims is max !
unless u cut and shredd stuff!
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Old 05-02-2009, 03:03 PM   #5
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Even if i go with 20's and like a 35 series tire
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Old 05-02-2009, 03:09 PM   #6
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Interesting question, I was at an event at a shop called AT-Speed where Steve Dinan was speaking; it's the newest Dinan certified shop in Maryland and he was asked that very question. His answer surprisingly enough was 18" wheels. He said that in his opinion the best performance wheel balance comes from a wheel no larger than 18" because any larger is scrificing entirely too much side wall. Just my two and a half cents worth. Happy Motoring...
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You drive a 3 series, not an escalade. Keep the wheels non-chrome and 19 or under unless you want to look like an idiot.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:57 PM   #9
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You drive a 3 series, not an escalade. Keep the wheels non-chrome and 19 or under unless you want to look like an idiot.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:12 PM   #10
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They will fit, not a dumb question exactly but you should search.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:18 PM   #11
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19 inch rims is max !
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and 19's is already pushing it.

18's is your safe bet !
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35 series tire on a 19" wheel...
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Yeah 19's with 35 series sounds good. i was just shooting for 20's because that is when Dropstar and TIS start their sizing (personal favorites). I don't drive an escalade? Man i got that one confused.
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wow!! 19's thats a tight fit
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Yeah 19's with 35 series sounds good. i was just shooting for 20's because that is when Dropstar and TIS start their sizing (personal favorites). I don't drive an escalade? Man i got that one confused.
Why would you crap up your car with those bigass chrome boat anchors? Because they are in rap videos and "Dub" magazine?

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Old 05-03-2009, 12:02 AM   #16
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Today i saw 19" Black CSL style rims on an e46 and they looked sick but the tire was very thin. Owner mentioned he had 20"s on. He didnt mention cutting anything for fittment but i didnt ask outright.

What ever you get you will prolly need to get a drop after IMO. I know I do and everyone else says it too.

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That is just your opinions. My car came with them but I get ton of compliments.

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Old 05-03-2009, 12:14 AM   #17
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well, i'm looking to spend about 1500 at the most on rims. gonna have my whole interior redone to black leather what would you guys say for rims. lip is always nice.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:17 AM   #18
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There are several sets of 20" DPEs on this site. I personally prefer a 19", but 20s will fit.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:45 AM   #19
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and 19's is already pushing it.

18's is your safe bet !
why would 19'd be pusing it?
And yeah you can go 20's but 19's is your best bet.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:05 AM   #20
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i dont understand why on this forum, when people ask if something will work, all anyone can do is say "Why do you wanna do that, you should do this" if he wants 20's let him buy 20's, im sure he knows about the drawbacks but not everyone wants the same things out of their cars as other people. some people want an auto-x car, some people want a drag queen () some people want a "clean" skow car, ans someone wants a blinged out ride with huge ass wheels.

....Yes 20's will fit, and if thats what you really want for YOUR car and YOU are paying for them, then i hope you get them and u are happy.

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