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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-12-2012, 10:27 AM
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Tire Size Options For '92 318i

I have a nice '92 318i with ugly steel rims and plastic BMW hubcaps. I'm needing new tires so I'm wanting to get a nicer set of BMW rims off of Craigslist that has good used tires.

I'm currently running 195/60R 15's.
I know it's a 5 lug 120mm pattern.

How wide of a tire can I put on the car safely?
Can you do 16's safely without rubbing?

P.S. I'm not doing any high speed crazy driving. It's just a daily driver at normal speeds.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:32 AM
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Pleese geet teem 17's

17's are the best looking size wheel on our cars.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:42 AM
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:15 AM
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Why are your recommending 5X112 (Audi) bolt pattern wheels for his 318? They won't fit.

And they're 18".
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:25 AM
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This is the size you need and not a bad set of wheels either.....

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...d=0&search=bmw

or this

This is the same wheel and tire setup I have on my 318:

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...d=1&search=bmw

These would look good also:

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...d=5&search=bmw

Or these

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...d=6&search=bmw
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:28 AM
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Pleese geet teem 17's

17's are the best looking size wheel on our cars.
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NICE wheels..
Wrong bolt pattern..
dammit!



He's got the right idea tho.. Start scanning CL up there in PDX.
Look for a nice set of wheels.. Try to stick with stock..
Unless.. You find some real nice, high quality wheels.
example: BBS

You can do 16, or 17 inch wheels without problem..
and you should be able to do it on the cheap.
Find a style you like.. and go with it.




I have my wheel wells filled..

Currently on 245/45-R17 with 10mm spacers


http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/trmotorsport-wheels.jsp


http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ilot+Sport+PS2



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Why are your recommending 5X112 (Audi) bolt pattern wheels for his 318? They won't fit.
And they're 18".

when you're right.. you're right.


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This is the size you need and not a bad set of wheels either.....
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...d=0&search=bmw
or this
This is the same wheel and tire setup I have on my 318:
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...d=1&search=bmw

Ugly ducks!

Maybe for a winter set.. and for how freeking much?
yikes..

Its not really that bad in the SL/UT is it (?)
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:37 AM
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:45 AM
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Ugly ducks!

Maybe for a winter set.. And for how freeking much?
Yikes..

Its not really that bad in the sl/ut is it (?)
Rhetorical..
Price is listed.. asking way too much.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:47 AM
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I have a nice '92 318i with ugly steel rims and plastic BMW hubcaps. I'm needing new tires so I'm wanting to get a nicer set of BMW rims off of Craigslist that has good used tires.

I'm currently running 195/60R 15's.
I know it's a 5 lug 120mm pattern.

How wide of a tire can I put on the car safely?
Can you do 16's safely without rubbing?

P.S. I'm not doing any high speed crazy driving. It's just a daily driver at normal speeds.
The width and height (i.e. aspect ratio) of the tire you can ultimately fit onto your car depends entirely on the wheels you end up using. Wheel diameter, width, and offset will all affect the size tire you can use. So, my recommendation would be to choose your wheels, and then figure out which tires will work best for them. As a general rule, 17" wheels are the best diameter for the E36, and you'll want to keep the offset between about 35-42mm.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:50 AM
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:58 AM
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i suck.


lol
no no..

Good lookin out..

OZ!
Superleggera!

Real nice set of wheels... round peg, square hole.
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