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Old 12-01-2014, 09:20 PM   #1
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Which fitment should I choose

Hello, I have a 2002 325ci
I'm trying to decide whether to get 18x8.5 +25mm off set (1.75 inch lip)
or 18x10 +25mm offset (3.5 inch lip)
I want as much lip as possible but I'm not sure how much it would take to fit the 10s. Would rolling & pulling my fenders work to fit them? Or would it be too exreme? Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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Somebody answer this man please. Even I am curious on this one.

I will say from personal experience I put 18x9.5's on my 09 Leggy after dropping them with coil overs and I had to roll the fenders to get the look I wanted but eventually had to remove the plastic to keep the tires from rubbing the inside too much. I say if you ever plan on going a bit too wide with wheels+tires plan on making adjustments. It sucks at first but can turn out really good if you are patient and do it right.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #3
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I think we need more information. Are you wanting to run 18x8.5's all around? The 18x10's all around? Or staggered 18x8.5 front, 18x10 rear? Is your car lowered? Does it have camber plates up front? Can't really help you here until we have that information.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:45 AM   #4
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It's stock suspension. I was wondering what would look best. I could go staggered or all 8.5 or 10s all around. I was just wondering people's opinions & how much work it would take to fit 10s. No camber either. Not as of yet.
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I'm planning on getting coilovers early next year.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:58 AM   #6
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Whatever you do, its work. The lip on the rear fender on these cars is huge and its tons of work to get it flat to look even relatively flush
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:21 AM   #7
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18x10 et25 is going to be a LOT of work to fit up front. It has been done though (look up gunmoto here on these forums). The "easier" route will be 18x8.5 front, 18x10 rear. That is still going to require rolled fenders, 3 to 4 degrees of negative camber, and stretched tires.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:00 PM   #8
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I was personally thinking 17x9's would be a better fit all around. At least for me I don't like the stretched tire look and I've seen guys with stretched tires and no tread lose wheels over one burn out.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:27 PM   #9
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^ Well, don't do burn outs and you won't have any issues.

And, 17x9's you'd better pick your offsets fairly carefully so you don't have rubbing issues up front.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:31 PM   #10
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Well anything over 8" I would think needs the fenders to be rolled and maybe some plastic taken out around the wheels to eliminate rubbing and unnecessary tire wear. I'm still trying to decide on how low I want to go. I know I want flush but not sure how low I need to go to make that look good with the wheels I am looking to buy next month.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:34 PM   #11
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The rims I want only come in 8.5 or 10. I'll go with 8.5 all around & roll my fenders, possibly take out the plastic.

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