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Tourburgring
11-17-2008, 08:56 PM
I have just purchased a '93 E34 525i Touring with factory 15" rims and am looking at purchasing a second set of wheels for future summer tires. I came across an ad for a set of factory BBS basketweave rims that are advertised as 16" x 8", 5-120mm & ET-20. It looks like they should fit OK but will the 8" width cause any clearance problems with the standard 20mm offset?

I was thinking about 225 or 235 width tires but what profile would be appropriate to avoid any hige speedometer discrepancies?

attack eagle
11-18-2008, 12:22 AM
I run 18x 8.5 et 13 with wide bridgestone 245/40/18 no issues. those are a slam dunk.

16s are almost not worth it, especially since GOOD tires are hard to come by and getting harder to find every year.

17s are easy and common as takeoffs from later model 5s

bimmer dot info
11-18-2008, 06:51 AM
I've got 16's. They are better than the 15's but I'd rather have 17's
I'm running 225/55R16 Fuzion ZRi tires on the 16's. I have only had them for 4 months or so but I like them a lot. They are about 1% off the factory size (spedo says 60.. actually going 60.6).

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalcold.html

CarDriver
11-18-2008, 09:25 AM
You'll be just fine with those!

Like Bimmer suggested at, choose your tire size carefully. Do not exceed three percent of the OEM sizing. being within One Percent is Ideal

http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp?action=submit

Tourburgring
11-18-2008, 02:38 PM
Thanks folks. I will probably stay with 225/55R16 as ride is more important than handling in this case. I too like the Fuzion ZRi tires. I have them on my M-B and P-car and they handle really well. They are made by Bridgestone and use a lot of their performance tire technology. I was told that they introduced the Fuzion brand so they could offer a lower priced tire so their dealers could compete with Hankook, Khumo etc.. They are certainly hard to beat for the price.