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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:09 PM
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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?
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:32 PM
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16s. anything bigger looks wrong. but you have to get the correct spacing and tire.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:42 PM
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Thats what I was thinking about. What size tire do u recommend?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:23 PM
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225/45 if i remember correctly. i have been wrong before
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:39 PM
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Don't put 16" wheels on stock suspension. It will increase your wheel gap and just look silly IMO
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24's over here


as said above, change the suspension before you buy wheels.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:34 PM
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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
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what kind of "new" suspension ?
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:30 PM
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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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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.
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Dumb question: what do u mean by 20 and 15 offsets? What is the exact measurements of the 17's u have.
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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
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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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