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Old 11-20-2006, 05:11 PM   #1
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19"s or 20"s

Hey everyone,

So heres the deal. I have a 04 330 coupe, looking to get some new wheels. I have H&R coilovers and Im curious if its possible to run 20s, staggered setup ie. 8/10 or 8.5/9.5 etc. ? I understand it will slow the car down a lot, and bumpy ride with low pros, but significant difference over 19s? Will the fenders need to be rolled? Basically I would like to hear everyones thoughts and whether or not it is worth it? Please chim in,

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Old 11-20-2006, 05:12 PM   #2
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ok.. if you are lowered, you will need to roll your fenders regardless of what size you get (19 or 20's).

If you are worried about the speed, get 18's rather than 19's or 20's. But, given the fact that yoau re considering 20's i imagine your goal is looks in which case, go for it.

only problem with the 20's is you will probably need to raise up your car to get them to fit in there... hope your suspension is adjustable or you may need to buy a new one that is adjustable
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:26 PM   #3
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:11 PM   #4
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18's for speed...19's for looks. I have 19's
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:17 PM   #5
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Ain't nothin wrong with a nice set of blingin' 20s with a deep lip in them. I'm definitely looking forward to it when I need new tires. Happy to drive a Bimmer too because they make the HOTTEST wheels for bimmers vs. the Japanese imports.
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First off, imo, 20's are way too big for the E46 body style. 2nd, if you're car is stock, with no kit, 20's will look even worse. I honestly think to be able to pull off getting 20's, you need atleast an aggressive kit and a drop. Stick with 19's... just my 2 cents
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:21 PM   #7
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Ok guys, maybe I should clarify. I currently have 18's. Im not looking for speed, I was simply inquiring on the practicallity of 20's on our cars. Will I have major rub issues? Again, all thoughts and comments welcome!
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i think 19's are the perfect size for a bimmer
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:26 PM   #9
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I have 19x10 in the rear and they rub over dips in the road and hard cornering. I currently have no fender roll, but plan to roll soon. THe car is lowered on PSS9 coilovers. Dont go with 20s unless you plan to do some mods to your fenders (like maybe a wide body).
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Dude, slow your roll just a bit... 20" wheels are not a good idea, the amount of rubber between your wheel and the pavement is significantly reduced which means your sub-frame and suspension have to bear the brunt of all bumps, potholes and crappy roads. IMHO, 19 is too big for the same reason. While 20's are cool, please think of the wear, stress and load you're going to add to your sub-frame and suspension. Just my two and a half cents worth. Happy Motroing...
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Get 20's, you have coils so you can adjust accordingly. I'm running on rubberbands right now but the ride is still great You will have to roll the rears for sure, then adjust accordingly. I know alot of people dont like 20s on our ride, but I do LOL. Do what makes you happy brotha!



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Old 11-20-2006, 07:07 PM   #13
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Get 20's, you have coils so you can adjust accordingly. I'm running on rubberbands right now but the ride is still great You will have to roll the rears for sure, then adjust accordingly. I know alot of people dont like 20s on our ride, but I do LOL. Do what makes you happy brotha!



Your car is actually what made me consider 20"s. Those DPEs are greeeaaasssyyy!
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:26 PM   #14
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I would say get the 19's instead. 20's may look nice, especially on Lakeshow's ride, but you have to have other mods to complete the look. It's not a good idea to just slap on some 20's and call it a day. IMHO, 20's are more for show cars, not daily driven ones. The 19's that I have already give me a lot of trouble driving it daily (but it's worth it). You would always need to worry about avoiding potholes, bent wheels, etc.
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18s. Anything larger looks tacky.
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Hey everyone,

So heres the deal. I have a 04 330 coupe, looking to get some new wheels. I have H&R coilovers and Im curious if its possible to run 20s, staggered setup ie. 8/10 or 8.5/9.5 etc. ? I understand it will slow the car down a lot, and bumpy ride with low pros, but significant difference over 19s? Will the fenders need to be rolled? Basically I would like to hear everyones thoughts and whether or not it is worth it? Please chim in,

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With the correct tire/wheel combo it doesn't matter if you go 19 or 20. Rubbing on the back in a coupe is dependant on wheel width, tire size and offset. With the correct offset on a 19x9.5 wheel it can clear. When you put a taller wheel on the car, you get a shorter sidewall combo.
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I have a set of 19x8.5 and 19x9.5. HP Design Razr. Gloss Black spokes and Chrome lip. 3.5" rear lip. Interested?
Tire sizes would be a 245 35 in the front and a 275 30 in the rear
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I have a set of 19x8.5 and 19x9.5. HP Design Razr. Gloss Black spokes and Chrome lip. 3.5" rear lip. Interested?
Tire sizes would be a 245 35 in the front and a 275 30 in the rear
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If those were from your M3 they will not fit because of the offset.
Is it me or does their M3 gallery photo looked photoshopped??
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Your 18s are as big as you go for overall performance. Anything bigger has nothing to do with practicality. It's purely a fashion statement.
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19's are the ideal size for the E46 Chassi. Depending on the wheel setup (offset wise) and tire combo, you may not or do not need to roll your fenders at all when dropped. 20's are possible and not a problem as you can see on LakeShow's car, it all comes down to what YOU want and if you think your car can pull off the look of 20's.
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