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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:15 PM
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will wheels for a 3 series fit a standard 128i?
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:42 AM
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:26 PM
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will wheels for a 3 series fit a standard 128i?
From an E46 3-series, yes, an almost perfect fit. From an E9x 3-series, maybe, but the offset is generally 15mm or so too low, but may be OK with a 205/50-17 tyre.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:15 PM
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The 16" wheels from the 3 series are 7" wide and have a 38mm offset. The snow tires fitted on the wheels are 205/55/16. Does this help determine if they will fit my 128i?
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:59 PM
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The 16" wheels from the 3 series are 7" wide and have a 38mm offset. The snow tires fitted on the wheels are 205/55/16. Does this help determine if they will fit my 128i?
They should be fine at the back, a 255/40-17 tyre on an 8.5" wheel with 52mm offset fits, putting the outside of the tyre at about 76mm from the hub, compared with 65mm for the wheel and tyre you are looking at, giving you 9mm more clearance, depending on the tyre.

For the front, a 225/45-17 tyre on a 7.5" wheel with 49mm offset fits (I am actually running 225/45-17 winter tyres on a 44mm offset rim without rubbing), putting the outside of the tyre at about 64mm from the hub, compared with 65mm for the wheel and tyre you are looking at, giving you 1mm less clearance, so it is likely it will work without rubbing, depending on the tyre.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:33 PM
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Thank you jsc.
One more question please. Will the 16" wheel clear the breaks on a standard 128i, or is a 17" wheel necessary?
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:30 PM
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I use 16" wheels from a BMW Z3 on my 128i, the offsets are the same as most e46 wheels. They should work just fine.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:51 PM
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:45 PM
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And my winter tires are 16" 205's, and they clear the brakes okay. You should be good provided your offset is okay.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:47 PM
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:30 PM
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Thank you jsc.
One more question please. Will the 16" wheel clear the breaks on a standard 128i, or is a 17" wheel necessary?
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Clear the breaks? Have no idea what this means.
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Clear the breaks? Have no idea what this means.
really? he just wants to know if the 16 inch wheel will rub against his brake caliper.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:22 PM
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perhaps my incorrect use of the word breaks instead of brakes caused the question.
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clear the breaks? Have no idea what this means.
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They should be fine at the back, a 255/40-17 tyre on an 8.5" wheel with 52mm offset fits, putting the outside of the tyre at about 76mm from the hub, compared with 65mm for the wheel and tyre you are looking at, giving you 9mm more clearance, depending on the tyre.

For the front, a 225/45-17 tyre on a 7.5" wheel with 49mm offset fits (I am actually running 225/45-17 winter tyres on a 44mm offset rim without rubbing), putting the outside of the tyre at about 64mm from the hub, compared with 65mm for the wheel and tyre you are looking at, giving you 1mm less clearance, so it is likely it will work without rubbing, depending on the tyre.
I am debating to purchase some 18" wheels from a Z3 coupe. They are 18x8 with 35 offset and 18x9 with a 38 offset. 225/40 front and 255/40 rear. Does anybody have an idea if this would fit a 135i or 128i.

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Old 12-17-2011, 12:18 PM
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I am debating to purchase some 18" wheels from a Z3 coupe. They are 18x8 with 35 offset and 18x9 with a 38 offset. 225/40 front and 255/40 rear. Does anybody have an idea if this would fit a 135i or 128i.

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The rears probably will rub on the fenders quite a bit, the fronts may rub.
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:59 PM
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The rears probably will rub on the fenders quite a bit, the fronts may rub.
Thanks the car has the stock suspension.
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