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Old 06-11-2012, 12:52 AM   #1
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330ci Style 71 with spacers

Hey, this is my first thread here! But i have been here for awhile ;-)

Anyways, I have a 2004 330ci with Style 71 rims. I would like a more aggressive look to the car cause it looks "unsporty" with the stock set up. I have sport suspension btw.

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As you can see...it doesn't look to sharp when its tucked in like that...

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-Rear = 225/40 R18
-Front = 225/40 R18


I am looking at getting H&R spacers as i currently like my setup. But in the future when i have more of my car payed off i will definitely look into VMR's.
Until then, what size of spacers do you guys recommend? Or should i really just get VMRs now?


Thanks. Any help would be awesome!
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:32 AM   #2
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I dont have much experience here but I personally from reading around tend to shy away from spacers. They are safe if properly made but I have read that since they are a little loose the tend to vibrate a bit and over time will loosen the bolts holding your wheel on.
So when you have them especially on largeish wheels you need to check your wheel bolts ever 1000 miles or so and re-tighten as needed.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:51 AM   #3
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You sure about your wheel size? 330s should be staggered. in any event, I use ECSTuning spacers. high quality. never any vibrations, bla bla bla. absolutely nothing to worry about. that being said, I run 15mm in the back and 12.5mm in the front. your experience would be different in the rear on a sedan. maybe go 12.5mm all the way around.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:59 AM   #4
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You sure about your wheel size? 330s should be staggered. in any event, I use ECSTuning spacers. high quality. never any vibrations, bla bla bla. absolutely nothing to worry about. that being said, I run 15mm in the back and 12.5mm in the front. your experience would be different in the rear on a sedan. maybe go 12.5mm all the way around.
I will take another look tomorrow when there is actual light, but i am 99% sure it said that. Did the 04 330ci come with style 71?

How would 10mm or 12mm in front and 15mm in back work? I do love those VMR's though
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How to measure Your car / wheel setup for spacers: http://www.turnermotorsport.com/t-wheel-spacers.aspx

The style 71 wheels were an option on the 2003 330Ci, so it was also probably still offered in 2004 as an option.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:34 AM   #6
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H&R, Turner, Eibach, and Vorshlag are the most reliable and biggest names in wheel spacers (for our cars). Companies like RallyRoad, ARD, ECS, Burger Motorsports, etc. are second tier when it comes to these things.

I'm not implying that you'll have problems with the second tier brands, but if you want to be assured go with one of the first four.

Since your wheel specs are a bit odd it'd be great if you could find us the width of the wheels, definite width of the tires, and the offset.
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I like my ECS spacers. In no way do they come off as second tier. I've had all the "big" ones too on other cars. I'm very impressed by the ECS spacers. Smooth as glass and they don't give me any impression whatsoever that they're compromised in anyway. No soft metal, no binding, fitment issues. Very precise

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Alright, here are pictures of the front and rear tires...

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Seems you have two pairs of front wheels/tires on your car. The stock sizes are:

225/40/18 and 255/35/18

At least as far as 18s on a ZHP go... 225s all the way around seems wrong
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Seems you have two pairs of front wheels/tires on your car. The stock sizes are:

225/40/18 and 255/35/18

At least as far as 18s on a ZHP go... 225s all the way around seems wrong
Thats what i was think as well. I just looked it up and these rims are different then what was ordered. So at some point the previous owner must have changed to style 71, which IMO, looks pretty nice.

Is it VMR VB3 time? Or continue with spacers? Or correct the tire size and spacers?
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