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Old 06-30-2015, 02:12 PM   #1
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17"x8.5 ET18's on 01' 325ci?

So before anyone gripes, I've done a good bit of searching and couldn't find any valuable information on this.

My situation:
Found a good deal on a set of rare BBS wheels, but feel like their offset may be too aggressive without "tire stretching" and such.

Wheel Specs:
BBS RA-520 (17"x8.5)
235/45R17 tire (245 would be ideal)

Car Specs:
2001 325ci (Sports package)

Not much info on these wheels, but it looks like the low offset is more suited towards the e90, e39, e34 and e30 setups over e46.

Any information is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:57 PM   #2
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That is a pretty aggressive set-up. BUT, I think they could fit as long as you have stock suspension. You will probably have to roll the front fenders to keep from rubbing. 245/40's would probably be pushing it, but I can't say 100% they will rub.

I am currently running 17x8 et20 with 225/45's. I'm lowered on Pro-Kits. My fenders are rolled. Close to stock camber. I do not rub.

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Old 07-01-2015, 12:32 PM   #3
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I have 18x8.5 ET30 on my set up and it's already pretty flush with 225/40. You'll be 12mm more aggressive and be running an extra 5mm more per side on the tires than me. I'm pretty sure you'll rub without modification. You'll definitely need to roll the fenders and perhaps a slight bit of camber to get those 235 to fit. Or you can run a 225/40 without it looking overly stretched.
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