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Old 03-21-2017, 11:22 AM   #1
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Style 68 wheels ????

Will style 68 front wheels fit on the back of my 2002 330ci convertible with sport suspension? I currently have the 68s in a staggered setup. Wondering if I can go to a square setup by buying 2 front wheels for the back. Thanks
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:31 AM   #2
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:34 AM   #3
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Yes the thinner wheel will fit in the back. If your in NorCal I have a buyer for your rears


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Old 03-21-2017, 12:01 PM   #4
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Will style 68 front wheels fit on the back of my 2002 330ci convertible with sport suspension? I currently have the 68s in a staggered setup. Wondering if I can go to a square setup by buying 2 front wheels for the back. Thanks
Yes you can run style 68s fronts also on the rear for a "square set-up".
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:11 PM   #5
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Yes, you can also run the rears in the front.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:22 PM   #6
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Yes, you can also run the rears in the front.
Yep I was going mention the same thing. Fronts are 7.5" wide and rears are 8.5" wide. obviously different Offsets before someone asks.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:48 PM   #7
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I live in KY but could ship. Anyone want to swap 2 rears for two fronts?
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:14 PM   #8
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Condition of the rubber on your rears?

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Old 03-21-2017, 01:16 PM   #9
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:32 PM   #10
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I recall running a front wheel on the rear of my E46 Convertible while I was having a wheel repaired. I seem to recall that for some reason tire had very little clearance to the shock absorber and there were some rub marks.,

So before you wholesale decide this is the way to go, check it out for yourself and you may want spacers for the rear.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:41 PM   #11
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just for reference the fronts are et41 and the rears are et50
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:28 PM   #12
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The wheel that I would really like is either style 50 or style 32, 17 x 8". I can't seem to find either.
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:47 PM   #13
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32s in E46 offset weren't available stateside, AFAIK. Style 50 I've not seen on an E46 before, but apparently they do exist with the proper offset, somewhere out there.
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Get two more 7.5" style 68's for the rear with matching tire sizes, you will like it.
Look forward to more neutral handling, and tire rotation when needed.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:58 PM   #15
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:52 AM   #16
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With Style 68s on your car, you can run:

-7.5" front / 8.5" rear
-7.5" front / 7.5" rear
-8.5" front / 8.5" rear
-8.5" front / 7.5" rear

My personal preferences:

Winter - 7.5" square on Blizzak WS-80s

Summer - 8.5" square on Pilot Super Sports (although I'll likely switch to Continental DWs next)
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:52 AM   #17
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you want to make the rear skinnier.........why, just find some rears and throw those on the front for a square setup
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:18 AM   #18
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That's a good idea but I'm looking to improving the ride. Hoping the 45 series tires on the back will help. I don't drive it real aggressively. Getting too old.
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That's a good idea but I'm looking to improving the ride. Hoping the 45 series tires on the back will help. I don't drive it real aggressively. Getting too old.
perhaps get different tires then? i don't know what you're running now but get some softer sidewall tires, less sporty. tire shops can suggest that style tire for you.
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you want to make the rear skinnier.........why, just find some rears and throw those on the front for a square setup
lol, changes the handling dynamics of the car. Do some searching, this info is here.
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