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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 12-08-2012, 10:37 PM
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Thinking about buying these rims, but I'm a noob. Help?

http://www.nlmotoring.com/XXR-521-Wh...2.htm?CartID=1

I know nothing about rims, or fitment..

My question is, would these fit my 1993 325i ?

I havent done anything to the suspension, it's all stock, and I'm replacing my stock rims.

Also, would I have to buy a whole new set of tires if I bought these rims?

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Old 12-08-2012, 10:57 PM
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yes new tires


they will fit maybe have a little bit of rubbing... depends on your tire size you go with.


that link doesnt have the width on there at all... so i couldnt even begin to tell you what tire to use
i lied. says 8.5 in there... so use a 225 or 235 and you should be good.


what are you using your car for and what is your goal?
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:04 PM
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yes new tires


they will fit maybe have a little bit of rubbing... depends on your tire size you go with.


that link doesnt have the width on there at all... so i couldnt even begin to tell you what tire to use
i lied. says 8.5 in there... so use a 225 or 235 and you should be good.


what are you using your car for and what is your goal?
Thanks!

The wheel size is 18x8.5 for these particular ones.
I just want to replace my stock rims with some that i like, that fit the car and won't require any mods to make the rims fit, as I don't have thousands to spend.

I use my car casually, races on the freeway whenever another BMW rolls up on me (like today) lol.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:50 PM
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races on the freeway whenever another BMW rolls up on me (like today) lol.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:56 PM
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:21 AM
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18s are too big for E36s, go with 17x8. Also that offset is too low, go with +40.

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:43 AM
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dont go +40

35 is perfect, really it is chad. even karl runs +35.

i run +18 and +23 with a 8.5 wheel

tires are a different story.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:51 AM
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Actually, my wheels are 17x8.5" et40, and they fit perfectly with 245/40s. You wouldn't be able to run an 8.5" wheel out back with a 35mm offset unless you rolled the wheel openings a little bit. Keep in mind that even 17x8.5" DSIIs are et41.

At any rate, 18" is on the large side of things, and 25mm offset is too low. You can make 25mm work, but you'll have to run skinny tires and do a fender roll, which isn't worth the trouble in my opinion. Best to just get a proper offset and get as much tire width as possible. I think the dimensions of my setup are the best for an E36.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:09 AM
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your right it is not et43 it is et 41. i have no clue why i thought that.... thought i saw 43 on there.... oops


that means i am running. +16 and +21.


no fender roll
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Yeah, but your tires are crazy skinny.
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Yeah, but your tires are crazy skinny.
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Why go to all that trouble just to run wide, poked out wheels and then have to use pizza-cutter tires to get them to fit? Just sayin, not hatin.

Lose the spacers, put some decent UNSTRETCHED rubber on there, and feel the difference.
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Franklyn just likes the visual style of stretched tires and poked out wheels. Has nothing to do with practicality or performance.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:10 PM
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Correct.

im never going to track my car and i dont really race anyone. but lets have a "who is lower" contest and ill put up a fight.


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Yeah, I saw 'em. Good luck with that. You do drag on the painted stripes on the pavement, don't you?
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OP, you could run 18 x 8 with 225/35 x18, but 18 x 8.5 with the +25mm offset is going to put the outside of the rim directly under the fender lip in the rear. You'll have to run rubber band skinny tires or "my suspension looks broken" negative camber to fix the fender rub.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:00 AM
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Thanks for all the insight brothers.

I'll keep you posted with what I'm about to get and follow up and see what you guys think
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