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Old 12-16-2010, 08:45 AM   #1
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Will these OEM wheels fit (e90 wheels)

I am a worrying person by nature. I think they will fit, but just to be sure:

2001 325xiT.
Presently on 8Jx17 225/45-17

I can get a snow tire set on 16 inch. 7Jx16 OEM Styling 268 (from an e90) with an offset of 31. Tires 205/55/16, Goodyear Ultra Grip Runflats. Anyone run runflats on an e46?

I know my stock rims and nearly all OEM e46 rims are offset 47.

Logic dictates that the rims are an inch less wide anyway, so the wheel moving inwards 16mm (offset 47- offset 31) should not be a problem, as 16mm is still less than an inch.

I have searched here without result. And also come to the conclusion while doing so BTW that I have NEVER seen a non-OEM wheel on an e46 that I like.

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:10 AM   #2
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I am a worrying person by nature. I think they will fit, but just to be sure:

2001 325xiT.
Presently on 8Jx17 225/45-17

I can get a snow tire set on 16 inch. 7Jx16 OEM Styling 268 (from an e90) with an offset of 31. Tires 205/55/16, Goodyear Ultra Grip Runflats. Anyone run runflats on an e46?

I know my stock rims and nearly all OEM e46 rims are offset 47.

Logic dictates that the rims are an inch less wide anyway, so the wheel moving inwards 16mm (offset 47- offset 31) should not be a problem, as 16mm is still less than an inch.

I have searched here without result. And also come to the conclusion while doing so BTW that I have NEVER seen a non-OEM wheel on an e46 that I like.
They should fit fine as long as they are 5 x 120 bolt pattern (every E90 that I've seen is) and the bore center is the same 72mm. (again, 99.9% they are).

The offset will not move the wheel inward (toward vehicle centerline) but will move outwards. The wheel being 7" wide will make this a moot point as the rim of the narrower wheel will "sit" generally where your current 8" wheel does relative to the exterior fender lip (ie; no rubbing issues). Where you MAY have concerns is with brake caliper clearance. While you may be able to fit a 16" wheel with E46 non-M offsets, a different wheel application (E90) may have a profile inside the wheel barrel that could cause contact/clearance issues. This becomes more critical as the wheel diameter gets smaller due to the shape of the rim/spoke interface. You may want to see if a local dealer may allow you to swap a wheel or the seller sends you one wheel to try.

And running RF tires may be even more jarring on an E46 because our suspension bushings, dampers, an other components that affect ride comfort are most likely different than an E90's that are designed/tuned around an RF tire. I'd personally source some 17" steelies and get a good dedicated snow tire. Good luck.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:43 AM   #3
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Thanks, Shorty. I always thought the (positive) offset being lower than my stock numbers, the wheel would move out.

Bolt pattern is the same, they are OEM e90 wheels. From what I understand, the 325xi DOES accept 16inch wheels, the 330xi does not. My manual does say I can use this wheelsize, it does not mention offset though.

I am also slightly worried about the runflats, but I tend to overthink it. Upside is that the seller is a shop, so I can try it there. In fact, I will have them mount them to test it all out.

I just don't want to drive out to the shop without being sure they would fit. Gas is expensive here! For all you Yanks, how does about $10 a Gallon sound? That's what we pay.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:51 AM   #4
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For later use, they fit. Look good, too. They are slightly more "out" than the 17" with offset 47, but fine.
Look pretty good too, I think.




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Old 12-19-2010, 08:25 AM   #5
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Winner They do look good, hope you were able to get them at a decent price.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:16 AM   #6
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I found out the hard way that these will not fit an E46 330ci due to the larger brakes. Look for a set with new Hankook Icept Evo on the classifieds soon.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:05 AM   #7
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Your issue should be the diameter. I believe that 16s should work on your xi, but you should look on the sticker on the driver side door jamb. It will list the available wheel options where the air pressures are shown. If you can take a 16, it will be listed. Stock offset on the wheels you have should be 41, not 47.

You can check here for your wheels, and see if your car is listed, you will see width, diameter, offset, and the tires that are intended to be used ...
http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/

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