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Old 04-03-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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E46 330xi wheel fitment

Hey guys, fairly new to modding BMW's and I literally don't know anything about them. I have been reading a bit about what specs I should get for my E46 330xi and I can't find any of the wheels that I want with a square set up. I don't want to spend $$$$ on brand new custom wheels, so I was wondering what else I can do?

I'm looking for Weds Kranze LXZ's, Vishunu's, Bazreia's, or anything along those styles. Mainly looking for Vishunu's, so if you know of any, let me know! I know these wheels come in 5x114.3 most of the time but there are some laying around that are custom drilled to 5x120. The problem is that I can't find any with a square setup.

I'm looking for 18" wheels, just not sure what width is good for the 330xi, or how far I can push it, and how can I minimize the diameter difference[or any front vs. rear fitment differences for that matter] if I can't find a square set up.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:53 PM   #2
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Please purchase any wheel that you like in a 5x120 bolt pattern with a 72.6 hb, don't screw with a different bolt pattern because it will most likely cause vibration problems. A 18x8 to 18x9 will work good, make sure you are above et 30 for any choice, most guys will say et 35 and above which is probably safer. Lightweight wheels are a must for xi's, don't buy heavy wheels.
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:50 PM   #3
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Please purchase any wheel that you like in a 5x120 bolt pattern with a 72.6 hb, don't screw with a different bolt pattern because it will most likely cause vibration problems. A 18x8 to 18x9 will work good, make sure you are above et 30 for any choice, most guys will say et 35 and above which is probably safer. Lightweight wheels are a must for xi's, don't buy heavy wheels.
Yeah, I don't plan on running any other bolt pattern on it, not even with adapters. I just want to know if I can run a staggered set up?

Which brings me to my next question, when you said 18x8 to 18x9, were you just referring to the specs that I can run, or can I run a 18x8 in the front and x9 in the back? Because it's hard for me to find any wheels that I want with a square set up, I just want to know if its okay for me to run staggered wheels.
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Yeah, I don't plan on running any other bolt pattern on it, not even with adapters. I just want to know if I can run a staggered set up?

Which brings me to my next question, when you said 18x8 to 18x9, were you just referring to the specs that I can run, or can I run a 18x8 in the front and x9 in the back? Because it's hard for me to find any wheels that I want with a square set up, I just want to know if its okay for me to run staggered wheels.
I and others will normally suggest a square setup, but you can use a staggered setup as long as the front and rear overall tire diameter is as close as possible. as a rule, .33" maximum, less would be better.
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:50 AM   #5
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I and others will normally suggest a square setup, but you can use a staggered setup as long as the front and rear overall tire diameter is as close as possible. as a rule, .33" maximum, less would be better.
Thank you! I'll keep looking for a square set up since I'm not really in a rush. It's just good to know my options!
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