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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 05-02-2013, 08:27 AM
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New Wheels, 17 or 18 inches?

In the market for new wheels to replace my 16" Style 30s.

Looking at Apex Arc-8s and like the look of 18 inch wheels, but afraid that +2 might be a bit drastic for midwest roads. 17s might be easier on the car and look almost as good.

What do you guys with 18s think?

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There are folks here who have 18 inch wheels but I think 17 is the right size.
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Re: New Wheels, 17 or 18 inches?

17s are better for performance and ride, that's not really arguable. Looks wise, everyone has their own opinion but most agree that 17s look better as well. They just fit the size of the car.

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Also, assuming you at least TRY to match the same circumference of the original specs, so you don't end up with speedometer issues, 17s leave you with enough sidewall, etc. to protect the wheels themselves, and still have a good ride.
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Ok, I think 17 are going to be fine. But instead of a nice light wheel like the Apex's, do you guys know of any wheels with a deep polished lip that would fit a 1995 BMW 325i without major issues?

The e36s seem to have high offsets, so it might be hard to find a deep wheel without modifying the wheel wells?
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would be nice to hear more feedback from the guys who had run 18's for awhile....
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