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Old 08-20-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
SLO Town
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Location: The Wine Country
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My Ride: 2003 330Ci
BBS CH wheel change and new RE-11 rubber


For the last several years I've run a staggered BBS CH setup on my 2003 E46 330Ci. It had 19x8.5 35mm offset with 235/35s on the front, 19x9.5 40mm offset with 245/35 on the rear. Original tires with this setup were PS2s, which I didn't like because the sidewalls were too soft. I later ran ContiSportContact3s, which I liked much better because of the stiffer sidewalls.

One thing I never liked about the 245/35 9.5 inch wide rear setup was that the tire was too stretched on the wheel. Yes, it was within spec as per Michelin and Continental guidelines, but it looked far too hellaflush for my liking.

I just installed a "square" setup. Front and rear are now 19x8.5 35mm offset with 235/35 Bridegetone RE-11s. On the rear end, I like the look of this wheel/tire size combo much better than my old setup.

A couple of pictures...including one with the original 9.5 inch wide rear wheel with a 245/35 PS2. The tire is even more stretched on the wheel than it appears in the picture.

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Original Owner 2003 330Ci ZSP, 3145 lbs, 5-spd, leather, Alcantara wheel, 19x8.5" BBS, RE-11s, ZHP FCAs/diff cover/weighted knob, M3 eng + trans mounts/outer RCABs/RCABs with Turner limiters, Group N inner RCABs, Bilstein Sports (E36 M3 rears), Eibach P-K, H&R bars, BMW Performance Rotors, Turner caliper bushings, StopTech lines, Borla, RE pullies/RSM, Stewart WP, M-Technic Trunk Spoiler, Mason pedal/strut bar/end links, B&M shifter, UUC DSSR

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