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Old 10-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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e46 325i tire/wheel question

I currently own a stock 2005 325i sedan. My current tire size is 205/55/r16 and I am looking to get Avant Garde M310 wheels.

At first i was looking to get staggered 18x8 on the front 18x8.5 on the back, with 225/40/r18 and 255/35/r18 tires.

But i'm really looking for a tire that will fill up my wheel well, and I dont know if those tires will do it. Should I get 19 inch wheels? I actually called avant garde and they recommnded the first setup.

I dont really know much about cars, less about wheels and all the damn numbers they come with. Would the 19's be ok with bigger tires, or should I get the tires I listed with the 19's, or go with my first set up? Im lost hopefully someone can help me here.

I want it to look good thats why I want a tire to fill up my whole wheel well, without rubbing and spacers of course. I heard performance goes down with bigger tires, though? Its a 325i though, not an m3 so I dont think performance is a huge damn issue to me.

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:56 PM   #2
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well it's really hard to tell without actually mounting the wheels but i really recommend going with the sizes you have listed. 225 front 255 rear.
18"s will look better on a sedan if that's what you have. 19"s tend to look too big unless on a coupe in certain cases.
you could go with 245 front 275 rear but you might have rubbing and you don't want to risk it. plus those tires will be more expensive.
i'd say but the tires and if you're not satisfied, measure for spacers.
i doubt you'll need to though. most aftermarket wheels have aggressive offsets compared to original wheels and are more flush with the fenders
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:04 AM   #3
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Do you think those tires will look big enough? I dont like how small my stock tires seem, and the 225/555 tires I was looking to buy only increases diameter by .2 of an inch compared to stock. I like the look lowered e46's get when the tires seem big in the well and there is less space. I don't want to lower mine though as Im looking to sell is within a year

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:09 AM   #4
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not sure if you can really tell from this pic but i'm running 225 front 255 rear.
the rears look really wide from the rear. my mtech 2 rear bumper enhances that look even more
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:11 AM   #5
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Are you running those with 18" wheels?
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:16 AM   #6
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Are you running those with 18" wheels?
yeah.
i actually found some GREAT pictures to show the fitment. lucky you haha

you can't go any wider than i am there without rubbing or fender rolling
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:27 AM   #7
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Ok so he has 19x8.5 and 19x9.5 wheels on that 325i.

Does he just have a lower profile tire, or a bigger tire in general?

http://www.modbargains.com/images/Pr...325i%20bmw.htm if you want to get a closer look

What the difference between 18 inch vs 19 inch?

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:39 AM   #8
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19 inch wheels are just going to have a thinner sidewall to compensate for the larger sized wheel
i'm willing to bet you he's running the same size tires as i have. 225 front 255 rear.
he has a slightly different offset than me too which would absolutely rub over large bumps and if he was lowered. right now his car sits high so he might not rub.
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for reference this is my car with stock 17" wheels with 225 width tires and 12mm spacers. you can compare this to my pics above to get an idea.
as you can see the tire looks sorta similar to my 255s.
what's really going to make the difference to the "fill the gap" look is the offset not the tires.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:03 AM   #10
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Ok so should I go with the 19's if I like the look better? Or do you recommend 18's. What would a thinner side wall do to the tires performace and feel?
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If you like the look go with 19"s
A thinner sidewall will give the car a slightly stiffer/bumpier feel. That's because there's less rubber to cushion the car. It also leaves the wheels more prone to potholes and cracking from huge bumps so watch out for those.
Other than that nothing really. You probably won't notice the difference in feel between 18" and 19"
You probably will notice it from 16" though because that's pretty major.
I really recommend sticking with the standard 225 front 255 rear if going staggered. Anything bigger might give you problems with tire rubbing your fenders.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:13 AM   #12
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For sure man, thanks for all the help and the pictures really helped to
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:30 AM   #13
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One last question, if I went 18 or 19 inch wheels, what would you recommend for the offset? et- 35/40? Do the offsets stay the same even if the wheel gets bigger?

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Go with whatever they recommend for the non m
The offset will be the same no matter what size the wheel is. So same for 18" and 19"
M3 and non m offset is different so don't get m fitment. It won't work.
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Hey sorry for bumping this thread but Peyton I just got some vmr v718 wheels
18x8.5 and 18x9.5 with 35 and 45 offsets I've been trying to find tires for them would 235/35 and 255/35 fit with no problem? Or should I try to stretch a 225 on the fronts? And does having 225 in front and 255 in rear look wierd?
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:18 AM   #16
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Hey!
I just got a set of 03 M3 wheels for my 02 325i.
The fronts fit fine, but the back tires rub. All stock sizes.
Rears are 255/40 18 9" wide, I believe?
What tire size should I use to fit without rubbing?
I searched the forms, but couldn't find a answer.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:23 PM   #17
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peytonracer what tire and wheel combo is that?
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Hey sorry for bumping this thread but Peyton I just got some vmr v718 wheels
18x8.5 and 18x9.5 with 35 and 45 offsets I've been trying to find tires for them would 235/35 and 255/35 fit with no problem? Or should I try to stretch a 225 on the fronts? And does having 225 in front and 255 in rear look wierd?
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