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Old 06-27-2004, 05:25 PM   #1
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I've been reading through the forums for a couple of weeks now and let me tell ya. You guys have saved me thousands of dollars in costly mod mistakes. Thanks!!!!

I was originally going to get Hamann PG3s 19x8.5 on all four wheels but decided against it. First...it pushed my budget way past the break point because I forgot to factor in the suspension drop. OOPs! Second...I decided to go with a more conservative wheel upgrade. Maybe 19s later.

So here's what I decided:
BBS CH 18x8.5 on all fours
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 225/40/18

I'm planning on installing a Dinan Stage1 suspension upgrade. I understand that this should drop an xi about 1.5 inches (approx).

Question 1: Do I run a chance of rubbing with the CH at a 35 offset?

Question 2: Will I need to get camber plates installed to compensate for the xi drop in suspension? The xi sits at -20. I think I read that the camber after the drop should be somewhere between -50 to -70. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Question 3: If I do end up adjusting for camber, will this cause a problem with putting my 17s on during the winter?

Question 4: If I purchase through TireRack, do the hubcentric rings get shipped automatically, or do I need to request them?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Sorry...no pics. The car is stock at the moment after all. Will post pics after I get the aero kit (Tornado by RDSport), wheels, suspension and clears on.
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Old 06-27-2004, 11:56 PM   #2
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1. you shouldnt rub.. hell its an xi.. even with a drop it still wont be that low
2. an alignment will do just fine to adjust the car after a drop
3. nope
4. in my experience tire rack sells a complete package.. let them mount and balance..call gary on the phone if it is a major concern
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Old 06-28-2004, 07:08 AM   #3
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1. you shouldnt rub.. hell its an xi.. even with a drop it still wont be that low
2. an alignment will do just fine to adjust the car after a drop
3. nope
4. in my experience tire rack sells a complete package.. let them mount and balance..call gary on the phone if it is a major concern
Some corrections

1. 35 is kind of aggressive but on the stock XI suspension you will be fine. The XI can go as low as any other E46. The only problem the XI has is camber... which brings us to...

2. Because the XI starts so high, if you lower it down a lot you're gonna be running more negative camber than a RWD E46 at the same ride height. I have Dinan springs which only make me a quarter of an inch lower than the stock sports package and that pushed my camber out to -1.5 . If you go any lower you might want to consider them. Or you could just take a chance and see how your tires wear.
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Old 06-28-2004, 04:53 PM   #4
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Some corrections

1. 35 is kind of aggressive but on the stock XI suspension you will be fine. The XI can go as low as any other E46. The only problem the XI has is camber... which brings us to...

2. Because the XI starts so high, if you lower it down a lot you're gonna be running more negative camber than a RWD E46 at the same ride height. I have Dinan springs which only make me a quarter of an inch lower than the stock sports package and that pushed my camber out to -1.5 . If you go any lower you might want to consider them. Or you could just take a chance and see how your tires wear.

So...are you saying that if I get the Dinan Stage 1 suspension...I most likely will end up rubbing with the BBS CHs? Or should I go with a more conservative offset wheel?
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Old 06-28-2004, 05:25 PM   #5
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So...are you saying that if I get the Dinan Stage 1 suspension...I most likely will end up rubbing with the BBS CHs? Or should I go with a more conservative offset wheel?
Em... not exactly.

It's possible the BBS CHs would rub on the Dinan suspension, but not likely. In all honesty you could probably slam the car and run a 35 offset as long as you run a conservative tire like a 225/40.

Just FYI, one of my fenders was pushed in 6mm from an accident, and it made my wheels with ET38 and 225/40 tires rub when I had my Dinan suspension installed. There's not a huge margin for error here.

Just search around and see what people have gotten away with.
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Em... not exactly.

It's possible the BBS CHs would rub on the Dinan suspension, but not likely. In all honesty you could probably slam the car and run a 35 offset as long as you run a conservative tire like a 225/40.

Just FYI, one of my fenders was pushed in 6mm from an accident, and it made my wheels with ET38 and 225/40 tires rub when I had my Dinan suspension installed. There's not a huge margin for error here.

Just search around and see what people have gotten away with.
Kevin..your the XI knowledge master !
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