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Old 03-06-2009, 01:57 PM   #1
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Will 19" wheels fit my e46 325ci 2002

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Will 19's fit my car. I have 18's and I have found a set of alloys I like but they do it in sizes 19 and 20. Will effect the handling or tramline???

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Old 03-06-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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you need to find out more that the overall diamiater of the wheel. You need to know the exact width and offset. Give us these 3 measurements and we can tell you if they will fit.
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Old 03-06-2009, 02:28 PM   #3
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I rarely throw that up but this is just ridiculous and has been discussed daily for the last three years
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No im sorry to break the news, unfortunatly it cant be done.












JOKEEE, yes, you can even put 20's
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look (no, search) in the wheel and tire subforum
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Yes it's possible. What are the wheel specs?
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Old 03-07-2009, 03:34 AM   #7
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Hi all,

I'm looking at but a set of Breyton Spirit alloys. Still waiting on dimensions from the dealer. I might go with 18's because I hear the ride with 19's will be less comfy, more steering issues, less mpg and move understeer. My set up at the moment is staggered on a MSPORT 325CI, but I'm going to go all same to improve this.

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Old 03-07-2009, 03:38 AM   #8
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You can fit a wheel with any diameter between 20" and 16" inches on a 325. The more important info you need to know is the width of the wheel and offset.
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What do you recommend? I am running 225/40 front and 255/35 rear. I have heard it is better to go the same all round????
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What do you recommend? I am running 225/40 front and 255/35 rear. I have heard it is better to go the same all round????
Thats a decent set up, probably optimal although i've got 235 front 255 rear running. You dont want to have the front tires too much thinner than the backs.
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Why is it good to stagger the tyres???
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19's on my e46

19" M-Sport OEM alloys from a 335i E93 !!
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I can get a set of 19's with 235, 35 all round????? Any ideas?????
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How is the ride with 19's, did you notice any difference????
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I can get a set of 19's with 235, 35 all round????? Any ideas?????
IMO staggered setup looks much better on a BMW. I would do 255/30/19 rear and 235/35/19 front.
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Does it make a difference with the handling/performance. Bigger wheels, harder steering, slower, less mpg and more steering issues???
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I can get a set of 19's with 235, 35 all round????? Any ideas?????
having them equal all round has its benefits, from an economic standpoint you could swap the fronts/rears when either end has worn more than the other, but its not something Id opt for personally.

I went with staggered, fronts are 8.5, rears are 9.5 and fill the arches out quite nicely - see attached.

As for tramlining I noticed it slightly when I first had them, but its nothing major, you get accustomed to it and never that intrusive.
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Did you get the standard tyres with yours as well??
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Did you get the standard tyres with yours as well??
Dont know how you mean "standard" ..they are Falkens, not the Michelins that BMW use. But dimensionally the rolling radius is almost the same as before.

With regards to handling and performance I guess the general rule is that the heavier your wheels are the more work the engine has to do to spin them up to whatever speed, so mpg/acceleration may be dented if the wheel is heavier. In my case I had the OEM 7star 16'' things, which were a fair deal lighter than the CSL reps I have now. I noticed a slight drop in mpg and a marginal drop in acceleration however with increased traction "off the line" the latter was evened out.

I noticed increased grip and better handling, slightly more understeer-ish since the rear is better planted (previous alloys were 7'' wide all round).. but aside from that the car just felt more.. dunno.. responsive to input.

Go for staggered, you know you want to
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Old 03-07-2009, 06:46 AM   #20
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Thanks very much,

One more thing, how much more bumpy is the ride???? It must be harsh????
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