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Old 05-20-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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Wheel Dilemma - Advice Needed

I own a 2004 330CI ZHP. I have not modified the suspension/brakes/hubs or any of that in any way. I recently picked up a used pair of Maxxim Wonder 18'' Wheels with some tires on them, locally from an e46 Fanatic member. I brought them to the shop today to get the new ones put on and my original ZHP wheels/tires removed. The shop called me in to show me that the front wheels fitted fine, but the rears would not clear the hub. I am not experienced with tire/wheel fitment, so I am probably not using the best words to describe the issue I am having. The rim would not fully fit onto the hub, or fit flush. Here are the specs on the wheels I am trying to use:

P/N W088520359
SIZE 18X8.5
E.T 35
PCD 120
HUB 72.6

The shop is telling me that I need to get the wheel shaven to fit, or buy spacers. Unfortunately the local wheel repair told me he would not touch the wheels to shave them. I apologize that I am not the most knowledgeable person about all of this. I have an appointment next friday to bring my car to EuroWise and will have them check it out if I have not come to a conclusion by then. So, can any of you wheel fanatics help a guy out?
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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Either the centrebore is undersized, or as you say there is some uneven spots in terms of high spots on the wheel hub face. I can think that there only must be a defect in the wheels, otherwise there is absolutely no reason that those won't fit fine. All specs are bang on what sould work. If you can post pics from the profile of the wheel hub, and straight on, as well as your rotor/hat areas in the back where it's not fitting.

What size tires are you using... Don't know why I'd even ask, they'd have to be some 315/75 balloons for them to not fit.
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