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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 04-01-2013, 11:30 AM
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18" wheels on my 1998 E36 #28i .. will they fit?

I'm almost ready to retire. I'm gona bust out the gold chains, open shirt ( to show off my white chest hairs), and 2 tone Stacy's. I wana ride in style.

I'm restoring my BMW 1998 E36 328i. It currently has 15" wheels.
Need to know if the following wheels will fit my E36 :

Rim Brand: FACTORY OEM
Rim Width: 7.5 FRONT 8.5 REAR
Section Width: 215 FRONT 245 REAR
Offset: 49 FRONT 52 REAR
Aspect Ratio: 40 FRONT 35 REAR
Number of Bolts: 5
Rim Diameter: 18
Bolt Pattern: 5x120
Tire Brand: Bridgestone
Hub Bore: 72.6


Has anyone tried this??

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:41 AM
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May rub a bit but I had 18's on my car at one point. IMO 17's look wayy better. What style wheel?
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:43 AM
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That offset is too high, you'll be rubbing against the strut.

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:46 AM
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I'm looking at OEM Wheels Part Numbers: Front 6779800 Rear 6779803
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:48 AM
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oops I totally overlooked the offset he posted.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:48 AM
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Yeah, that offset is way too high.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:20 PM
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If he uses 10mm spacers he should be about right. At least with the extreme negative offsets he's got the option of using spacers to adjust with.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:47 PM
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I am currently running 18" on my 325i, with 225-40's all the way around with no problems.
I am not sure of my offset. They are Banzach BZ-11 style I "inherited" and they fit.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:25 AM
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What if I used 15mm spacers front and 10mm spacers in the rear?
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What if I used 15mm spacers front and 10mm spacers in the rear?
That would effectively make your front offset 64 front and 62 rear. With the wheels offset already being a positive number, adding to it does the opposite of what you want unfortunately.

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That would effectively make your front offset 64 front and 62 rear. With the wheels offset already being a positive number, adding to it does the opposite of what you want unfortunately.

Like Chad, I am far too lazy to double check Swype.
Oh Ed, you're on a roll lately. Spacers DECREASE offset.

I think 10mm all around should be right on.


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Old 04-02-2013, 07:39 AM
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I'd run at least 15mm spacers up front and out back to clear the struts and push the wheels out closer to stock specs. For a better fit, I'd actually suggest 17.5mm (LINK) spacers on all four corners. This will give you an effective offset very similar to an 18x8 ET35 which will look great on the E36.

Your tire sizes 215/40/18 and 245/35/18 should be fine.

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I'd run at least 15mm spacers up front and out back to clear the struts and push the wheels out closer to stock specs. For a better fit, I'd actually suggest 17.5mm (LINK) spacers on all four corners. This will give you an effective offset very similar to an 18x8 ET35 which will look great on the E36.

Your tire sizes 215/40/18 and 245/35/18 should be fine.

I'd go with this, or somewhere in the middle. If I missed this forgive me, but are you on stock suspension?

And they're wrong, 18s look lovely on e36s.
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I dunno Amber, I really do like 17s.




Fills the wheel wells perfectly.
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Both sizes fill out the wheel wells very nicely. 17's just allow for more sidewall.
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18s fill it out nicely-er. And my tires are plenty meaty.

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I'd go with this, or somewhere in the middle. If I missed this forgive me, but are you on stock suspension?

And they're wrong, 18s look lovely on e36s.
Yes Barbie...I'm running stock suspension at the moment. Once I have the tires on, I'll try dropping the car about 1 1/4 inches to see how that works.
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18's look good, I just prefer 17's because of the performance aspect.
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