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Old 01-02-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I searched for this topic and I see there are a ton of threads about this already. However, it seems that in the existing threads, people are usually asking about very specific cases (which might be why there are so many).

Would it help to make a more general thread with broader guidelines for fitting e90 rims to an e46? That way, people with this question can consult a single thread rather than asking about their specific case every time.

For example, what are the criteria that determine whether an e90 wheel will fit on an e46? Size, offset, etc? Right or wrong, here's what I dug up with a bit of research...


From what I can tell (correct me if this isn't right, noob here), safe sizes are 16-18" on a stock 32x, and 17-18" on a 33x (obviously fit tires accordingly). 18+" looks like it can work, but at your peril, as tires could rub depending on your setup.
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This wiki suggests that acceptable offset is between +35 and +50.

Would it be a problem then, to use certain e90 wheels that have an offset of +34, or is that negligible?

My stock wheels are Style 45 (, which are 7" wide according to a few minutes of Googling. The wiki and database seem to suggest that anything between 7 and 8.5" should be safe. The database shows cases of 8.5"-11" width, but the wiki does not recommend it.


Please feel free to correct / contribute, hopefully this can help others who are searching for fit guidelines in order to assess how e90 wheels might fit with their e46. I am by no means knowledgeable about this (just Googled furiously for a while), but hope that we could build up a little knowledge base with people weighing in about this. Hopefully I'm not way off base thinking that this might be useful!

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:59 AM   #2
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im running 19x9.5/10.5s with an et of 20/22 so it can be done... weather you want to pay for the tires, and do the supporting modifications is entirely up to you... ive had OEM M3 wheels on my 328, 3 sets of staggered 19" aftermarket wheels.... The wheels rim running now work for both e46 m3s to e9x m3s.... its all about what you want i suppose... dont let google or wiki tell you otherwise... because people are doing it
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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I'm running a 17" square setup of 159's 17x8 et 34, tires are 225/45. I will be running 189's in the spring 18x8 et 34 and 18x8.5 et 37. I've already test fitted them and there will be no issues with the setup.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #5
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My 197s are 18x8 et 34 and 18x8.5 et 37. I am running the stock 225/40 front and 255/35 rear tires and I do rub in the back on dips, road humps and turning into off-kilter driveways.

Now that deer season is over, I can take the time to figure out exactly where they are rubbing, and see what can be done to fix the prob. I'm not sure if they are hitting the fenders or the inner lining. I'll update this once I figure it out.

FWIW - I love the way they look and don't plan to change them.

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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The wheels fit fine. In some extreme cases they could rub on the fender that can be easily fixed by rolling the fender.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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E9x non-m wheels should all fit fine without modifications.

I ran all style 197 rears (18x8.5 et37 w/ 255/35/18) on all 4 corners with no issues. My coilovers did require a spacer up front, but my stock style 44's need a spacer up front with my coils also to prevent rubbing on the strut.

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Old 10-01-2012, 12:53 PM   #9
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I installed a set of E90 staggered wheels 17inch on a E46 (2001 330i) - they fit perfectly and look great. I took the car for alignment and the tech said i need to change some bushings and strut mounts as they were damaged, bent.... Could the E90 wider/staggered wheels cause this issue? (i dont think so, but then again I know very little about this), perhaps it was just time to fix and I had not checked since its the first time I am aligning this vehicle (new owner)... any input much appreciated!
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does anyone know if the 17 in 328 x drive wheels fit an e46?

my e46 is a 2001 330i..

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Old 11-22-2015, 04:47 AM   #11
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Hi guys,

So I installed a set of BMW E90 Rims Type 162 (18x8 ET34 225/40 R18) with a square setup, and Bridgestone Potenza 225/40 R18 RE050As all around.

Since then, I have been experiencing tramlining, where my steering wheel can't drive straight and will follow unevenness in the roads.

I drive a year 2000 E46 Sedan, and did not have this problem previously with the stock 15" E46 Rims and Michelin tyres.

I have brought them to tyre and alignment specialists and have done an alignment for this.

Some of them have said that it is because the offset was too much of +35 where the normal offset would be around +40 to +45, while some had said that it is because of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050As having very stiff sidewalls.

Have any of you guys installed BMW Type 162s from the E90 onto your E46, and have you experienced tram lining (

Gosh this tram lining thing is really annoying, and no tyre specialists seem to know. They all just ask me to get a new set of rims + tyres, which is going to cost a bomb.

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So I was looking at some rims and I found some that looked great. But the rims I found are 18x9.5 and have an offset of 15, so I was wondering if these rims would fit all around on my e46 330i?
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So I was looking at some rims and I found some that looked great. But the rims I found are 18x9.5 and have an offset of 15, so I was wondering if these rims would fit all around on my e46 330i?

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