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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 09-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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What size tires to fill wheel well?

In question is a 02 330xi, lowering is not an option as it's used in the winter. For the summer I am currently running the standard size of 205/50/17.

My question is, what size tires for the summer would give me a wider look/fuller in the wheel well? Do you guys know what I mean?

I know the XI has a higher spring and is raised compared to an I, but the extra clearance is good for me during the winter.

The rims on the car are the one's pictured below.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Larger diameter tires will slow you down.

235/45/17 probably won't fit on those wheels since they are only 7" wide. 225/45/17 will usually fit, but check the specs on the specific tire.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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I'm running 225/50/17 very nicely
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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I'm running 225/50/17 very nicely
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see above photo, that's all i have right now. The car is up on jack stands doing a front end refresh at 170K, new control arms CABs, powerflex bushings and cv axles and wheel bearing. It should be sweet
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I agree, can we use wheel spacers on our xi's? Give it a wider look, if so which spacers (millimeters)
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You can certainly run spacers to push the wheels out a bit more and give it that aggressive look you are going for. I would suggest a 10mm spacer all the way around that way you don't run into any issues with your ABS or traction control system. If you run a hubcentric spacer like the H&R Trak spacers with extended bolts they will not give you any kind of vibrations.
You my actually be able to run a bigger spacer just measure the gap between the outer edge of the tire and the lip of the fender like this:



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see above photo, that's all i have right now. The car is up on jack stands doing a front end refresh at 170K, new control arms CABs, powerflex bushings and cv axles and wheel bearing. It should be sweet
K thanks but its quite hard to make out.

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You can certainly run spacers to push the wheels out a bit more and give it that aggressive look you are going for. I would suggest a 10mm spacer all the way around that way you don't run into any issues with your ABS or traction control system. If you run a hubcentric spacer like the H&R Trak spacers with extended bolts they will not give you any kind of vibrations.
You my actually be able to run a bigger spacer just measure the gap between the outer edge of the tire and the lip of the fender like this:



Thanks for the info but I prefer not to run spacers.
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