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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 08-19-2016, 07:39 AM   #1
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A question about wheel offset and wheel brands

Hey everyone, I currently have 16x7 wheels with a 47mm offset, came with the car and work great, they are just starting to hatch and don't look too pretty. What range of offset can I get without putting too much stress on my bearings? I have been looking in the 35-40 range. Additionally, I've been focusing mainly on OEM parts, are there any trusted wheel companies that are reliable? Thanks for your time
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:35 PM   #2
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Depends on the wheel width. Find an offset calculator online. 17x8 with offset around 30 is what I would shoot for.
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:01 PM   #3
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You are looking in the correct range. 8" wheels, any lower than et30 and the tires getting close to fender. Any wider a wheel and you need to figure half the difference should be compensated for in offset.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:15 PM   #4
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Et 35-40 is perfect. 17 by 8 wheel, with 235/45 tire is a perfect size for all conditions. I run 245s et 38 and they fit perfect.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:29 PM   #5
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Here's a great wheel site (in German). Select "3er E46" at the top & it will show the various stock wheels that were available - size, offset & weight.
http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:23 AM   #6
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Here's a great wheel site (in German). Select "3er E46" at the top & it will show the various stock wheels that were available - size, offset & weight.
http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/
This site is great, thank you! I probably should have clarified for everyone else, I'm keeping the tires I currently have, just looking to replace the wheels, so I'll be sticking with the same size I have, just possibly a different offset. Thanks all for your help.
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