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Old 12-23-2013, 06:10 AM   #1
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et20 on e46

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I have a dilema and i don't know what to do. I have a BMW e46 (facelift) and i want to buy new wheels for summer and i found a model (LEAGUE) with dimensions: 8j Et20 17" and tyre 225/45/17
My questions is that wheels good on my e46? I know too that ET20 is for e39, not for e46.
Is possible to rubbin the rear wheels?? Is better to change the tyre with 205/45/17 in front and 215/45/17 on rear?

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Old 12-24-2013, 02:59 AM   #2
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Nobody knows if the wheels with et 20 rub back on E46?
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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That's going to be a bit aggressive for the car, and will need some fender work to be rub free.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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This is my fear, i don t want to rub the wheel. You think that i can solve that
whether i put a small tyre, may be 205/45/17 or 215/45/17?
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This is my fear, i don t want to rub the wheel. You think that i can solve that
whether i put a small tyre, may be 205/45/17 or 215/45/17?
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:53 PM   #6
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Some tires run wider than others, even if the sizing is the same between brands/models. I cannot guarantee anything like that. Just have your fenders rolled if you have access to a fender roller.
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:27 PM   #7
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I heard about this tehnik, and i saw some footage on youtube. I want to keep my stock feder and solve the problem changing the tyres, if this can be possible. A friend of mine said to me to use 205/40/17 but i think is too small

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Old 01-15-2014, 02:36 PM   #8
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I'm running a 215/45 (Michelin Pilot Super Sport) on a 17x8 et 22 on my wifes e46. Almost no rubbing, and basically no stretch on the tire. No fender work needed for this set up.

I would say a 225/45 will rub, but probably nothing major. If you are buying new tires go with a 215/45 or smaller.

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Old 01-19-2014, 02:07 AM   #9
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It is possible to be too small the tyre 205/45 on a 17x8 et 20?
I want to try on front to put this size ...

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205/45 will totally be fine on a 17x8.

I am running a 215/45 on a 17x8 et32 in front with the factory sport suspension. From the looks of it, I might be able to space it out further to be et20 with my current setup.

The issue you might run into is et20 on the front. If you're car is lowered, or even if you have the factory sport suspension, you might rub without fender work.

Sorry about all the uncertainty, I'm just giving you my experience.
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So you think that i can not solve that whether i put a small tyre on back, may be 205/45/17 ? I have the factory suspension and i hope to keep it. (please excuse my english language)
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To clarify:

You will not rub in back with a 205/45 on a 17x8 et20 with stock suspension.
You probably won't rub in front with a 205/45 on a 17x8 et20 with stock suspension.
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Thank you for your opinion, i hope it work!
First i will put 225/45/17 to see what's happen, becouse i have the tyre anyway
After will use 205/45 on bouth sides, front&back
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I have a facelift 325xi lowered an inch on h&r springs. I'm running 17x8 et 20 on 215/40 all around without any rubbing at all. I do think 225s will rub though. And you definitely should be good with 205s.


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I am so glad to see that i am not single person who try this sizes.
Anyway, 215/40 it s too small for me, i can break the wheels may be is better /45
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I just went to my garage to double check. I'm running 215/45, not 215/40.


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Old 01-21-2014, 12:33 PM   #17
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Great news!
What do you think: Is better to running with 205/45 than 215/45 with stock suspension?
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I am on a lowered sedan; ran a squared set of 17x8 e20 style 5s. 215/40 falken tires all around with absolutely no rubbing at all and no fender work. you'll be fine.


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Old 01-24-2014, 10:51 AM   #19
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i am running 17x8 style 44's with et20 all around with 235/ either 40 or 45 they dont rub in the front but will rub in the rear over bigger bumps or if i have a passenger or two i would go with 225 next time. This was on factory sport suspension on a 2001 325ci
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:07 PM   #20
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There are good for you because you have factory sport suspension, but on sedan with factory stock suspension i think on rear 225/45 is rubbing (no fender work)

PS: i have one curiosity... how much it cost 1 liter of gasoline in USA, because i saw that all cars from you have big engines who eat a lot of gasoline. Is so cheap there?

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