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Old 10-09-2006, 09:24 AM   #1
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New wheel for E46 coupe.. Am I nuts?

I have had about 5 or 6 sets of wheels for this coupe, ranging from 17 to 19. I want to get some daily driver wheels that I can also use for the track. I have had BBS CH, CSL-reps, M3 19" fronts, stock 17", etc.

I am thinking about running Kosei 17x8.5 wheels with 255/40r17 ps2, so I can rotate and get more mileage. Am I nuts for thinking about a 17" for my car? I know it is small, but they save weight and I already have show wheels. Should I just throw another set of 18x8.5 CSL reps at all 4 corners, even though they add weight? The M6 replica wheels look great, but they aren't offered in 18x8.5, only 18x8.

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Old 10-09-2006, 10:58 AM   #2
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I am thinking about running Kosei 17x8.5 wheels with 255/40r17 ps2
Wondering about that same combo and exactly what it entails - offset, spacers, fender rolling, suspension?
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:06 AM   #3
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Wondering about that same combo and exactly what it entails - offset, spacers, fender rolling, suspension?
I have run a 18x8.5 35mm offset with a 245/40r18 (m3 size), and had no rubbing on ZHP suspension. So I think it will work... possibly a 5mm spacer may be necessary.
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Good to know. So was it closer to the strut than it was to the fender? I recently picked up the same stock wheels you were selling a while back (style 119); do you know the offset of those by chance? I plan on doing 245/40/17 on all 4, but now I am thinking about the Kosei's and 255's...
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:37 PM   #5
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out M3 CSL reps don't have that much of a weight difference compared to the stock wheels, but if you're comparing them to the kosei's, then yeah, you'd have a weight difference there, but strength would be an issue with the kosei's, especially wiht street use.
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if the thread is still alive....dont go 225, you can run 245 or 255 all the way around with the right suspension, and245 will work on all e46's......koseis are good for 255..........
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if the thread is still alive....dont go 225, you can run 245 or 255 all the way around with the right suspension, and245 will work on all e46's......koseis are good for 255..........
only in the rear right? 255 is waaay too wide for the fronts.
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255 is waaay too wide for the fronts.
No they're not.
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No they're not.
Exactly. My car is lowered with 255s all around and no rubbing.
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Exactly. My car is lowered with 255s all around and no rubbing.
What rim specs?
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:56 PM   #11
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What rim specs?
18X8.5, ET42. Even with 5MM spacers (to push the wheels out a little more)it still doesn't rub.
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