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Old 11-25-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Wheels/springs

Ok we'll I'm about to get me so vmr vb3's 18x8.5 et40, 18x9.5 et 45 I was wondering what tires i should get and which set springs would give me a nice drop without rolling fending ultimately no wheel gap but also no rubbing as well. Sorry I'm new with this stuff haha well I would like your guys input and thanks can't wait to get some answers
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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18x9.5 will need fender rolling at a minimum, or tire stretching + camber in order to fit on your 325i rear AS IS, let alone lowered.
The correct size for 18x8.5 would be 225/40/18 or 235/35/18. For the 18x9.5 it would be at least 255/35/18.
If you're considering tire stretching or running excessive amount of camber, I'll respectfully leave this thread as I'm not the guy you want to ask about that stuff.

Save yourself the trouble and get a squared setup for your sedan. If it was a coupe, you'd have more clearance to work with in the rear, but it isn't.
Wider wheels = heavier wheels. Not to mention the more meaty tires you put on the rear, the more understeer you will have.
I don't know about you, but I'm of the opinion that my BMW shouldn't handle like a front wheel drive car that's loosing traction.

If you absolutely want your rear wheels to stick out more, consider spacers.
A staggered setup is more expensive, gives you more trouble when lowering, prevents you from rotating tires, extra understeer, slower car, etc.
But don't take my word for it.. I'm biased towards my 18x8 squared setup.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:31 PM   #3
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thanks for your input i thought i read somewhere that just 18X9.5 on stock supsension would be fine without fender rolling with out drop. i just want the 9.5 because of the concave
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