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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-25-2013, 06:30 PM
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18" wheels on 323i?

Hey guys, im looking into getting some Beyern multi wheels for my 99 323....was wondering if 18" wheels all aound will work on my car with any mods?? I really dont want it to rub at all, but i do want 90% of my wheel well gone..any suggestions/input?
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:44 PM
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they'll fit
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:45 PM
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It all depends on choosing the right combination of wheels & tires for your particular application. Read the E46 Wiki, there`s a lot of good wheel info posted by many of the members here.

Do you now what the terms "offset" and "hub centerbore diameter" mean ? They are the critical specs in determining what will or won`t work on yor car.

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Old 01-25-2013, 07:11 PM
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It all depends on choosing the right combination of wheels & tires for your particular application. Read the E46 Wiki, there`s a lot of good wheel info posted by many of the members here.

Do you now what the terms "offset" and "hub centerbore diameter" mean ? They are the critical specs in determining what will or won`t work on yor car.

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hah yep...offset should be upper 30 to lower 40 and since you don't want any rubbing id go with a max of 245/40/18 tires all around, with 255/35 your offset needs to be perfect for no rubbing and in some cases it'll still rub
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:36 PM
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Awesome thanks alot guys....sounds like 18"s are the ones....should i just do normal 18's all around or should i do a little wider in the rear? would that look any better?
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:40 PM
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Think carefully about this. Too much wheel, and not enough motor IMHO. Performance and ride quality will suffer. See if you can find the same wheels in 17". You will be much happier. I would also suggest a square setup. This means all wheels are the same size.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:48 PM
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yeah the wheels deff come in 17's....you think that would be a better situtation? im looking to keep my motor damn near stock just want it to look a little better. if i do the 17s should i lower it or leave it? sorry with the questions guys this is just my first bimma and i want it to look dope lol. thanks guys!
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yeah the wheels deff come in 17's....you think that would be a better situtation? im looking to keep my motor damn near stock just want it to look a little better. if i do the 17s should i lower it or leave it? sorry with the questions guys this is just my first bimma and i want it to look dope lol. thanks guys!
My car looks great withe the original 17" wheels. You only Have 170hp (I only have 184) and you will lose a lot of performance if you go larger. Our cars are slow to begin with, so you don't want it even slower. Plus if you hit any potholes, you most likely will get a flat with less sidewall. Plus 17" tires are cheaper. Nothing worse than looking fast when you are not. Remember, the heavier the wheel, the more unsprung weight, which is bad.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:45 PM
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yeah the wheels deff come in 17's....you think that would be a better situtation? im looking to keep my motor damn near stock just want it to look a little better. if i do the 17s should i lower it or leave it? sorry with the questions guys this is just my first bimma and i want it to look dope lol. thanks guys!
dafuk is a bimma
anyways, if you want to make ur ride look nicer, 18'' would do just that, either way u can forget about having a performance vehicle, with 15'' or 18'' so what the heck, i say go for it
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