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Old 06-22-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Is it possible to run BBS RS on e46?

Im considering picking a set of genuine 2 piece BBS RS rims. 15x7 with offest of 11. 5x120. How exactly would the fitment work? Would this 15 inch rim run into spacing issues with the front tierod?
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What do you guys think of these wheels? Should I roll with the meat curtains? Tires are Mohawk Predator HRS 225/60 15. Is it possible to run smaller tires? The tires have small cracks in the sidewalls. Not sure if they are cosmetic or something more serious. Havent seen them in person. A quick scan on tirerack shows these 68 dollar tires as fitting. Are these complete crap? Half the price of other options: Fuzion Wheels??
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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LMAO meat curtains...

Not sure how they'd look on an E46, better suited style-wise on E36 (or MkIII or earlier golf/jetta). I love those wheels but not sure on our vehicles. Offset of 11 is close to a deal breaker... speedo will be more accurate with 215/60s... will poke out 1.6" approx. beyond stock tires, can work but getting tight to fenders.
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Offset of 11 is a deal breaker unfortunately.
How so? Im not too familiar with wheel setups. Can you explain?
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Edited. See above could be close...
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how did you come up with the 1.6 inches? That is a lot! I entered the specs into a wheel calculator and it spat out 36mm MORE clearance on the inside and an extra 36 poking out on the outside. Clearly I dont understand how this works lol. Also, what do you mean by speedo being more accurate? So with stock tires it will certainly touch? Want to have a thorough understanding here
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http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp

Plunk stock and option wheel and tire sizes in here, proceed with learning how this works. Outside diameter of the wheel assembly (tire and rim) determines how (in)accurate your speedo will be.
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wow. that link is great. So Im going to go ahead and measure the gap that I currently have. Hm. definitely seems like it will be close
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I think you'll need to run a bit of negative camber up front (after comparing to what i'm running... sedan fenders as well). Rears will be very very close to needing a little negative camber. If you took those to a shop that can shave 5mm off the back pad (safely) then the rears would fit for sure, fronts still might take a little work to not rub fenders under compression.

NOTE: All thoughts of mine done with a 215/60 tire. A 205/60 would help, and still keep the speedo accurate enough, however I still believe a little negative camber up front would be required.

These are right on the cusp of what is possible without fender modification IMO. Do you have any drop... or any planned?
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I think you'll need to run a bit of negative camber up front (after comparing to what i'm running... sedan fenders as well). Rears will be very very close to needing a little negative camber. If you took those to a shop that can shave 5mm off the back pad (safely) then the rears would fit for sure, fronts still might take a little work to not rub fenders under compression.

NOTE: All thoughts of mine done with a 215/60 tire. A 205/60 would help, and still keep the speedo accurate enough, however I still believe a little negative camber up front would be required.

These are right on the cusp of what is possible without fender modification IMO.
yeah I went out and checked my car. Definitely doesn't seem possible. I'm not looking to do any modifications to my fenders or pads. Looks like Im going to have to pass this one up

but know I know how all this works lol. Wish the offset wasnt so low. These were priced unbelievably low
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No, not modification to your pads... machine a little material off the back pad of the RIM where it mates with the hub, effectively changing the offset by a little. 5-8mm is enough to make this feasible with some alignment tweaks.

Not suggesting you definitely go out and do it, but it is possible just so you know.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:51 AM   #11
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Is it possible to run BBS RS on e46?

Ok so I'm looking at another set, probably won't work again: 1.5 inches farther out than my current rims. I have an xi on KW V1s, if I raise it up a bit would that help clearance issues? Luckily the guy selling these wheels is going to let me test fit the wheel. Is there anyway to know if it will rub after simply putting the wheels on? I don't think I'm going to drive on them.
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