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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 08-11-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Quick question on wheels

Why is it a bad idea to run a set of staggered wheels on an xi?
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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Why is it a bad idea to run a set of staggered wheels on an xi?
It's not bad idea as long as the outer diameter of the front and rear tires are the same (within 1%), however, it will make the car understeer since you have wider tires outback
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:10 AM   #3
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It kills the handling. There are no benefits to having a staggered setup besides the look. And taking performance away from a BMW to make it look cool, is never cool.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Maybe it's not such the bad idea. I've read several posts, some scribed with an authoritative style, stating; A Canadian spec., XI shipped with the optional staggered setup to Canadian dealers. The factory, staggered wheel and tire sizes were even quoted. Now, as a non-authority, I can't speak to whether it's myth or fact but it sounds reasonable.

Yeah, it a looks and a styling thing. Handling will be compromised. The "M"'s have enough scoot to where chubby treads on the back actually help them hook-up. Our XI pony corral could probably muster up some noise blasting out the gate but a squirrely rear-end? Naaaa. Least of your concerns.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:24 PM   #5
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^Yeah you're better off with the fat tires at the front, lol.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:04 PM   #6
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Why not just run a squared setup I'm running 9.5 +24 all around looks pretty good too
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:18 PM   #7
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Why not just run a squared setup I'm running 9.5 +24 all around looks pretty good too
What size tires?
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:17 AM   #9
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Car is on kw's set as low as the can go no perches in the back and have little to no issues now after 5000 miles on this setup
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