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mzambrana78 11-28-2012 03:09 PM

Replacement rims for e30
 
I have an 85 e30 and the stock rims are 14's. look like little bike rims. What size can I upgrade to without replacing shocks and springs?

downhiller 11-28-2012 06:32 PM

16s. anything bigger looks wrong. but you have to get the correct spacing and tire.

mzambrana78 11-28-2012 06:42 PM

Thats what I was thinking about. What size tire do u recommend?

downhiller 11-28-2012 08:23 PM

225/45 if i remember correctly. i have been wrong before

Krumchev2 11-28-2012 08:39 PM

Don't put 16" wheels on stock suspension. It will increase your wheel gap and just look silly IMO

TrippinBimmer 11-28-2012 08:50 PM

16x8 Et 5 and 3 here

fcsteve 11-28-2012 09:52 PM

24's over here :bigpimp:


as said above, change the suspension before you buy wheels.

mzambrana78 11-29-2012 05:34 PM

I just put a new suspension a year ago so maybe i will just out 15's. these 14's just look so tiny and small. Have plenty of room for a bit larger

fcsteve 11-29-2012 05:43 PM

what kind of "new" suspension ?

mzambrana78 11-29-2012 06:30 PM

Nothing fancy just the stock brand from autohauaz.com

hornhospital 11-29-2012 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krumchev2 (Post 7220335)
Don't put 16" wheels on stock suspension. It will increase your wheel gap and just look silly IMO

If the tire is sized to match the circumfrence of an OEM tire, the gap won't change at all.

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BigBoy740il 12-01-2012 07:22 AM

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In reality, the wheel gap does not increase. Your perception in relation to tire sidewall height and fender gap makes it seem larger. I'm running 17s with offsets 20 and15 without any issues. I also dropped the car 40mm to eliminate wheel gap.

hornhospital 12-01-2012 08:33 AM

I think I just said that. ;) :angel:

mzambrana78 12-01-2012 08:38 AM

Dumb question: what do u mean by 20 and 15 offsets? What is the exact measurements of the 17's u have.

_Ethrty-Andy_ 12-01-2012 05:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mzambrana78 (Post 7224943)
Dumb question: what do u mean by 20 and 15 offsets? What is the exact measurements of the 17's u have.

google for a picture, its a bit hard to explain

It is the space between the hub and centerline of the wheel. an offset of +45 means that the hub mounting face is 45mm towards the outside of the wheel from the centerline of the wheel itself, and 0 offset means the hub mount face is exactly in the middle of the wheel

BigBoy740il 12-01-2012 07:57 PM

I'm running 17x7.5 rims. The 15mm rear wheel offset allowed me to bring the wheels closer the fender well. This gives the rear a fuller, tucked look.


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