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Old 06-25-2008, 09:04 AM
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Will staggered M68 wheels fit on an E46 ?

I've done research on this and I'm seeing contradictory information. So my question is: will a set of staggered Style 68 M Double Spoke set of wheels from a 2004 330Ci coupe fit on a 1999 328i E46 sedan ?

The spec on these wheels are:
front: 7.5x17 - 225/45R17 - ET41
rear: 8.5x17 - 245/40R17 - ET50

I've heard that the acceptable wheel offsets for my E46 are typically 35-47 and really depends on the width of the wheel/tire that's being fitted. Can anyone explain if the offset of 50 for the rear wheel is or is not a problem ?
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Yes, the 68Ms were designed for the E46 and will fit perfectly.

While offsets in the 30s work, the stock offsets are in the 40s. 50 is about the max.

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I've done research on this and I'm seeing contradictory information. So my question is: will a set of staggered Style 68 M Double Spoke set of wheels from a 2004 330Ci coupe fit on a 1999 328i E46 sedan ?

The spec on these wheels are:
front: 7.5x17 - 225/45R17 - ET41
rear: 8.5x17 - 245/40R17 - ET50

I've heard that the acceptable wheel offsets for my E46 are typically 35-47 and really depends on the width of the wheel/tire that's being fitted. Can anyone explain if the offset of 50 for the rear wheel is or is not a problem ?
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:43 PM
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Thanks LMC, looks like it will work.
The recommended tires for the rear wheels are 245/40R17, are these OK or are there other tire widths that I should use in order to minimize the possibility of any rubbing ?
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Thanks LMC, looks like it will work.
The recommended tires for the rear wheels are 245/40R17, are these OK or are there other tire widths that I should use in order to minimize the possibility of any rubbing ?
I think the 245/40s will be perfect.

Your 328i has the same clearances as any other non-M E46 -- including the '04 coupe the wheels & tires came from.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:03 PM
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Great, thanks LMC.
Man, that's a nice lineup of cars you have !!!
I'm resisting temptation to get a slightly used E46 M3.
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Thanks LMC, looks like it will work.
The recommended tires for the rear wheels are 245/40R17, are these OK or are there other tire widths that I should use in order to minimize the possibility of any rubbing ?

You can even go 255/40-17 on the rear, if size availability is an issue... .. no rubbing issues with either one..
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