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Old 06-07-2009, 08:17 AM   #1
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if this questions has been asked 1000 times I'm sorry but I'm kinda new to this forum thing. anyway so i have a few questions. my car is a 2000 328ci coupe. i wana know how big i can go with out rolling my fenders. i have heard that 18s look alittle to small and 20s you will need to roll your fenders so you dont rub. i heard that 19s suck because its an awkward size and the tires for 19s are more expensive than tires for 20s. also just how wide can i go on the back tires? is 9 the widest? can i go 9.5? i dont really want them to stick out but i want them too look nice and wide from underneath. i have been told i need a 120 offset. what size do you recommend in the front as far as width goes? the car is the stock height rightn ow but i might like to lower it in the future. let me know what i need.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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if this questions has been asked 1000 times I'm sorry but I'm kinda new to this forum thing. anyway so i have a few questions. my car is a 2000 328ci coupe. i wana know how big i can go with out rolling my fenders. i have heard that 18s look alittle to small and 20s you will need to roll your fenders so you dont rub. i heard that 19s suck because its an awkward size and the tires for 19s are more expensive than tires for 20s. also just how wide can i go on the back tires? is 9 the widest? can i go 9.5? i dont really want them to stick out but i want them too look nice and wide from underneath. i have been told i need a 120 offset. what size do you recommend in the front as far as width goes? the car is the stock height rightn ow but i might like to lower it in the future. let me know what i need.
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well i have the same car i went with 19's staggered 9.5 in the front and 10.5 in rear and they dont rub nor did i have to roll my fenders...
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:59 AM   #3
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awesome thanks where did you get your rims from? can you use the bmw center caps? i have the carbon fiber emblems and i really like the look of them so i wana use them on my new rims. what offset are your wheels?
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awesome thanks where did you get your rims from? can you use the bmw center caps? i have the carbon fiber emblems and i really like the look of them so i wana use them on my new rims. what offset are your wheels?
welcome i got my rims done by a friend who owns a shop eastcoast auto sport i think u can use the center caps im not sure tho and the offset ill let u kno cause i forgot... were in Utah r u from??
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:06 AM   #5
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Width of tire and offset of wheel affect rubbing not the diameter of the wheel as long as your overall diameter remains the same.

19s are as big as you want to go on a non-M. Size is not awkward at all and I would expect 20" tires to be more expensive.
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Regarding size:

Size rim: 19 will be ideal but you're correct in that tires will be considerably more expensive than 18's.

Offset: depends on the width of the wheel you get

Width: 8.5 in front and 9-10 inches in the rear depending on the offset


I would suggest you go with a set sold by the vendors on this forum. Regardless of the wheel you get, a sponsor (DPE, Modbargains, Jlevisw) will all know what to provide you.


And stay away from 20's

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Old 06-10-2009, 08:52 AM   #7
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Here are some things you should know:

When purchasing wheels make sure you are buying wheels with the proper E46 bolt pattern of 5x120mm and a center bore of 72.66mm. As for the wheels, 18s and 19s are perfect. 20s are a bit overkill, but can easily be done with the proper tire sizes.

Personally I prefer 19s as they fill the wheel well perfectly. Look for either a square (same size all around) or a staggered setup with a wider rear wheel/tire.

The most common wheel and tire setup for 19s on a non-M E46 are:
19x8.5" 35-40mm offset with a 235/35/19 tire
19x9.5" 40-45mm offset with a 255/30/19 tire
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Chris pretty much sums up a lot of info about 18's and 19's.

If you are looking to save some money on tires, then 18's are definitely a better route to go. For aesthetics, 19's do look a bit better IMO for an E46 body.

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