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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 08-13-2019, 05:29 PM   #1
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Front vs Rear Wheel Replacement (don't hate me)

2002 330xi with 2002 M3 Rims

I cracked my rim BAD hitting a pothole that a small adult could fit inside of.

The front passenger side rim is what cracked and I'm going to order a used rim from (it the 5 spoke starfish looking rim)

The problem is there is a likelihood that I rotated/swapped the front wheels for the rear wheels at some point, not knowing they were sized or offset differently.
My question is how can I differentiate a front rim from a rear rim to know for sure?
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:13 PM   #2
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XIs run the same saze front and rear. Only the M3 wheels are different. Honestly, just hit CL and find more wheels. I've generally paid 200 with good tires on them!
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:25 AM   #3
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Check the inside of the wheel for a part number or size. It should be part of the casting. Alternatively, use a tape measure to confirm if you have different widths in play. If you are running staggered on an xi (some would recommend against this on principle), you will want to make sure your tire sizes result in a very minimal difference in rolling diameter across all wheels. Good luck.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:01 PM   #4
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If the wheels were different sizes then the tires would be too so you can just read the tire size. If those are the same all around then you're set. Additionally, like others mentioned, the wheels themselves have markings on them for width and offset.
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:48 PM   #5
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You can run staggered wheels without a problem, you just need to make sure the outside diameter of the tires are within 2% of each other. You can find the specs on most of the online tire dealers websites.
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