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Old 04-16-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Hello E46 Fanatics!
I'll be buying new rims for my E46 shortly and I just had a few questions about sizing. My current rim/tire setup is the stock 17's (style 119), on 225/45 Kumho tires. I'm looking to get some VMR rims, either the VB3 (V703) CSL style replicas, or the VMR style V710 along with some new tires. I don't want a staggered setup, and I'm thinking getting 18x8.5s all around. If I end up getting the 18x8.5s, would they work with 245x40 tires? Also, would there be any rubbing/problems with the new rims and tires? I'm also not 100% sure what the "ET" would be with the new rims/tires. Any input is greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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ET 35-45 should work fine with 18x8.5, you should probably get a 235/40 tire, since they are a lot cheaper than the 245/40 tire since it is a weird size. Im currently running APEX ARC-8 18x9 ET 42 all around with 255/35 tires and i have no issues with rubbing on stock sport suspension.

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Old 04-16-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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255/35 would also got on the 8.5" rum just fine. I'm not sure about rubbing up front though, it would depend on the offset, but if you stay higher than above poster's offset I would assume you would be ok
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For either the VMR V703 or the VMR V710 go with a 18x8.5ET35 and a 235/40/18 for no rubbing and a clean look

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Old 04-17-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thanks you guys! I'll definitely try out 235/40. I'll post pictures when everything is done.
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+1 for the 235/40/18 tire sizing. No issues there.
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