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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 07-03-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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bmw tech says staggered wheel is okay on xi and has been running it on his.

he runs 18 oem zhp rims on his 2004 330xi.

he has 225/40/18 tires on the front 18.8 and 255/35/18 on his rear 18.8.5 rims.

he has run this setup for over 20,000 miles and his car is dropped with blistien shocks/h&r springs.

he told me the difference between the front and rear is .1 which will harm nothing on the driveshaft.

he also gave me his link to check out on a audi forum.

http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=123289

im planning to buy a 02 325xi from the dealership he works at for dd and keep my 03 zhp for summer.

when i happen to noticed the 330xi with the zhp rims and asked whos car it was. the salesman got the tech and he explained to me it was okay.

just figured i share with you guys since this has been debated a few times.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:04 PM   #2
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woooohooooo i fvkn love u man, no ****!!!!!
i always wanted to run staggered on my xi but ppl said no and ****
thanks alot dude
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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its all about the diameter. keep it close and you should be ok.
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Old 07-04-2009, 04:27 AM   #4
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I've been running 235/35/19" at the front and 265/30/19" at the back for many years on my 330XI.
That dim. gives less than 1% difference in rolling diameter.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:01 AM   #5
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ive actually been talking to a user on here who is running a staggered setup just like the bmw tech for 2 summers now with no problem.

he actually gave me the same link.

im going with zhp rims on my xi.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:23 AM   #6
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wow figure more xi users would chime in.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:48 PM   #7
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Staggerd is pointless for performance on any 3 except maybe the M3. Even more pointless on an xi.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:42 PM   #8
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^^ but looks 1000000000x better!!!
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:22 PM   #9
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I run staggered on my car as well. no problems here. I think the difference in tire diameter is really only important on awd cars with lsd's.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:36 PM   #10
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Also, rims with a lip will be much deeper in the back
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:00 AM   #11
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You can run a staggered setup on an Xi, it's not an issue. However, if this is a DD, it may make sense to run non-staggered so you can maximize treadlife by rotating your tires.
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:32 AM   #12
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i would think you couldnt run wider tires/wheels in the back with an xi because the power would be going to your front smaller wheels.. doesnt it make sense? eh i dono
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:06 PM   #13
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My wheels are staggered and I've had no issues as of yet......BTW staggered looks sweet on an XI!
(235/35/19" at the front and 265/30/19" in the back ) ONE PROBLEM THOUGH! Currently she isn't dropped and looks like an SUV!
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:46 PM   #14
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I know this is totally irrelevant, but I learned recently that the MB C300 4matics run a staggered setup from the factory. 225 fronts and 245 rear. After reading about all the questions about running staggered on the xi's, I was very surprised.
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:40 AM   #15
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have 5,000 miles on my xi with oem zhp rims and no problems! figure i would check back in and bump this topic back up.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:09 AM   #16
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My wheels are staggered and I've had no issues as of yet......BTW staggered looks sweet on an XI!
(235/35/19" at the front and 265/30/19" in the back ) ONE PROBLEM THOUGH! Currently she isn't dropped and looks like an SUV!

Any pics? Mines not an xi but I have staggered wheels with 225 fronts and 255 rears. I've thought about going to 235/265 te get rid of the ugly and curb hungry stretch.



It seems like 265's would put the tread outside the fenders though but I may have less offset than others are running
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:40 AM   #17
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Staggerd is pointless for performance on any 3 except maybe the M3. Even more pointless on an xi.
I don't know if I agree with this statement. Granted, on an xi its kind of unnecessary, but I think staggered benefits my 330.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:18 AM   #18
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i always got sick of this noo staggered on a xi nonsense so i said hey let me try it out, 18x8.5 in the front 18x9.5 in the back all tires are 225 45 stretchedddddd in the back but i havent had no problems !
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:31 PM   #19
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I don't know if I agree with this statement. Granted, on an xi its kind of unnecessary, but I think staggered benefits my 330.
+1 BMW wouldn't do it from the factory if it were not beneficial to performance. A wider tire will yield more grip and on a rear wheel drive car, it makes sense to have a wider rear tire to take advantage of this.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:59 PM   #20
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My 2005 330Cic has the sport suspense, which has 225/45-17 in the front and 245/40-17 in the back from factory. So I assume it is beneficial to have staggered wheels/tires for performance reasons.

BTW, the front wheels are 17x8 and the rears are 17x8.5, I think.
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