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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-23-2012, 06:29 PM
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will e46 rims fit e39?

someone is selling 4 rims and tires from an e46 330xi

will these fit on an e39 540i?
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:52 PM
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No....E46 and E39 are at opposite ends of the spectrum, fitment-wise....
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e46 have a different bore size of 72.56
e39 have a 74.1
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:01 PM
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If you really want to get them as I found out thanks to fast bob and illestE39 that replied. You can always get a pair of hubcentric adapters to convert 72.56 mm to 74.1 mm center bore. I'm getting a set myself this Friday to put the e60 17 inch rims on my e39. Can't wait,
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If you really want to get them as I found out thanks to fast bob and illestE39 that replied. You can always get a pair of hubcentric adapters to convert 72.56 mm to 74.1 mm center bore. I'm getting a set myself this Friday to put the e60 17 inch rims on my e39. Can't wait,
i don't think you can do that, its the other way around 74.1 adapters to 72.56
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There's also another issue that has nothing to do with the different wheel hub sizes (e39's 74.1mm vs e46's 72.56m)....there's also the wheel offset range difference.

The e39 (like all other 5/6/7/8/Z8 models) has a "medium" (approx 11mm-28mm) wheel offset range...whereas the e46 (like most other 1/3/Z3/Z4/X3/X6 models) has a HIGH wheel offset range (approx 35mm-50+mm). You would need to use wheel spacers to compensate for the different offset range.

PS: with the introduction of X-drive...the wheel offset range for the new 5/6/7 series models that have AWD (X-drive) may also have one or both axles that have a high offset range. If considering any wheels from these new 5/6/7 series models...double-check the wheel's 11 digit BMW part nbr to make sure it is NOT from an AWD model so that you don't get wheels that have the wrong offset.
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In short, the faffing around and extra expense you'll need to do to make E46 wheels fit correctly, you might as well buy wheels meant for the E39 anyway. There's LOTS of choices for E39 fitment wheels out there

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Dennis and Qsilver make some very good points. But if for some reason you do really want to run e46 rims it may be possible. You need to address two things, the hub bores and the offset of the e46 wheels.
  1. Bore: either elarge the 72.56mm e46 wheel bore to 74.1mm (at a machine shop) or use something like spacer adapters.
  2. Offset: Make sure you can get the wheels and tires into e39 spec with spacers


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If you really want to get them as I found out thanks to fast bob and illestE39 that replied. You can always get a pair of hubcentric adapters to convert 72.56 mm to 74.1 mm center bore. I'm getting a set myself this Friday to put the e60 17 inch rims on my e39. Can't wait,
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i don't think you can do that, its the other way around 74.1 adapters to 72.56
lovemy 98 528i is correct they absolutley make adapters spacers that allow you to run 72.56mm wheels on 74.1mm hubs. H&R make some in 15mm and 20mm. I know Turner and ECS sell them and I am sure there are other sources as well. I think there was another company that used to make them too ARD maybe?

Here is what the H&R adapters look like


Turner
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-86...-5-series.aspx

ECS
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E39-530...eels/Adapters/

Adapters that convert e39 wheels (74.1 mm) to rest of the world bmw spec (72.56mm) also may exist.

Third Option
There is also the option of swapping in e60 wheel bearings/hubs and that will give you the more standard 72.56mm hubs. But in the case of e46 wheels you would still need to run spacers to get them to fit. I don't know much about this and whether it is a good idea or not, but someone did do it and write it up.
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...hlight=e60+hub
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For reference:

- BMW wheel specs (1) & BMW & replica wheel styles (1) (2) (3) (4) & the difference between cast vs forged wheels (1) & where to find the wheel markings for proper match mounting (1) & how to choose the right size wheel spacers (1) (2)

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