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Old 12-08-2010, 08:54 AM   #1
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Max Wheel Size???

I have a lowered 2002 325xi.... I was wondering whether 19's would fit with an aggressive offset and non-staggered setup... If not whats the most aggressive offset i can get for 18's? Any help would be appreciated!
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It's tough to really say what would be the best offset for your needs simply because there are a lot of factors that go into making a sizing decision. We offer 18x8.5 ET40 as well as a 19x8.5 ET40 and at stock height it is pretty flush. Once you lower the car though, everything changes. You'll need to think about what sized tires you want to run, whether you want to do any fender work, how much camber you want to run, etc.

Going even deeper than that, even different tire manufacturers have different sidewall characteristics so if you are planning on stretching the tires you have to really do some research on which manufacturers have the best sidewalls for stretching.

There are offset calculators that you can use to help you figure out what sized wheel you want. What I would do first is lower the car, and then use a tape measure to figure out how much further out you want the wheels to be. Convert that measurement from inches to millimeters, and then go to the offset calculator I just posted and start figuring out which sized wheels you want.
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