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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-21-2014, 09:28 AM
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Wheel size and tires

Wanting to get 19 inch wheels for my e39 wondering what's the biggest tire I can use with it but rubbing... 19x10.5 on rear and 19x9.5 in front what do you guys think

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Wanting to get 19 inch wheels for my e39 wondering what's the biggest tire I can use with it not rubbing... 19x10.5 on rear and 19x9.5 in front what do you guys think

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Old 08-21-2014, 09:49 AM
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You may be very disappointed in the harsh ride, not to mention aquaplaning when it rains. You'll be in the ditch when it snows.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:55 AM
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It will all depend of the offset of the rims.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:34 AM
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OK so should I go 18 with what offset with 9.5 in the rear then

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Old 08-21-2014, 11:49 AM
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Perhaps a BMW wheel size chart can help guide you. If you go wider or narrower...or use offsets outside the range listed...then remember to do your homework and find a calculator (lots of good ones online)...or work with a vendor that knows how to work the calculations. to determine if they'll fit properly...or what modifications you'll need.


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Old 08-21-2014, 11:54 AM
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OK thanks.. Plus I don't drive my car in the winter so I'm not worried about that... Thanks for all your help ppl

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Old 08-21-2014, 03:00 PM
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Hi,

Edjack - I can't believe you just typed that utter nonsense up! 19inch wheels and tyres were OEM fitment on the Alpina B10 V8S and if you get good tyres you don't go skidding off into ditches unless you are doing donuts or push past the cars/tyres traction levels on the road !

Billdough - Many many E39's run on 19 inch wheels, myself included. Some also run 20 inch and although there is some reduction in ride quality, it's not overly so ! To look their best you will need to lower your car if you run 19's. The illusion of a larger 'tyre and fender' gap is magnified due to the lower profile /aspect ratio tyres. Depending on how much you lower by, tyre size and aspect ratios will vary. With a 10.5 inch width rear wheel, you'll be able to go to 285 or 295 if you wanted to! for the front, I run a 9.5x19 wheel with an offset of ET15 and no rubs. I need to pull my rear arches about 5mm as I get a tiny rub over larger road undulations. I have a 9.5x19 ET22 rear on 275/30/19 tyres - the recommended size for 19 on the rear of the E39 (245/35/19 fronts)

There's many many threads about running 19's on the E39, so have a read up and go from there

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Old 08-21-2014, 03:50 PM
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I'm thinking of running 19x8.5/9.5 wheels. I want to run 275-40 rears and 245-45 fronts. This is on a stock sport suspension 530i. Should this combo work ok? Offsets are 15mm front and 19mm rear.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:14 PM
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I am running a square set of style 65. 8.5 all around. Rear tires 265/35/18 front tires 235/40/18 and the back tires rub sometimes.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:27 PM
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I am running a square set of style 65. 8.5 all around. Rear tires 265/35/18 front tires 235/40/18 and the back tires rub sometimes.
Are you lowered? What are the wheel offsets?
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:30 PM
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Are you lowered? What are the wheel offsets?
Factory sport suspension. Dont really know the offset I got them used and never checked! They only rub on big dips!
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:40 PM
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Edjack - I can't believe you just typed that utter nonsense up! 19inch wheels and tyres were OEM fitment on the Alpina B10 V8S and if you get good tyres you don't go skidding off into ditches unless you are doing donuts or push past the cars/tyres traction levels on the road !

Billdough - Many many E39's run on 19 inch wheels, myself included. Some also run 20 inch and although there is some reduction in ride quality, it's not overly so ! To look their best you will need to lower your car if you run 19's. The illusion of a larger 'tyre and fender' gap is magnified due to the lower profile /aspect ratio tyres. Depending on how much you lower by, tyre size and aspect ratios will vary. With a 10.5 inch width rear wheel, you'll be able to go to 285 or 295 if you wanted to! for the front, I run a 9.5x19 wheel with an offset of ET15 and no rubs. I need to pull my rear arches about 5mm as I get a tiny rub over larger road undulations. I have a 9.5x19 ET22 rear on 275/30/19 tyres - the recommended size for 19 on the rear of the E39 (245/35/19 fronts)

There's many many threads about running 19's on the E39, so have a read up and go from there

Cheers, Dennis!
You must admit that 19s on a suspension not tuned for them will be terribly uncomfortable. I was just trying to raise a flag.

The ditch statement referred to the nasty Ohio snow, where big-fat tires (tyres?) don't belong.

I also suspect that an Alpina owner will give up some comfort for some handling, n'est-ce pas?
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:48 PM
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Perhaps a BMW wheel size chart can help guide you.
If that chart isn't here, I'll add it to the threads found by typing /wheels f3 in the bestlinks...
- BMW wheel specs (1) (2) & BMW & replica rim styles (1) (2) (3) (4) & the difference between cast vs forged rims (1) & how to choose the right size wheel spacers (1) (2) & where to go when you bend or otherwise damage your wheels (1) & wheel terminology (1) & Tire circumference, diameter, offset, & clearance calculators (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

EDIT: Just checked. It's there, so, we're fine.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:12 PM
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You can run 19x10 easy all four corners if you figure out the optimum offset + spacers if needed.
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:35 AM
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You must admit that 19s on a suspension not tuned for them will be terribly uncomfortable. I was just trying to raise a flag.

The ditch statement referred to the nasty Ohio snow, where big-fat tires (tyres?) don't belong.

I also suspect that an Alpina owner will give up some comfort for some handling, n'est-ce pas?
Hi edjack,

I see what you mean, however it didn't come across that way - a blanket statement that 19's on the E39 will be uncomfortable isn't true at all. By ensuring suspension bushes and components are in good condition, getting suitable upgraded springs/shocks which will perhaps lower the car by 25mm or so, yes, there's perhaps a 10% decrease in ride quality. Within a very short space of time, you'd get used to it and all good. The acid test is if family and friends don't notice! Many owners will try to skimp on upgrading their suspension, or have knackered suspension components and many also use replica or lower quality wheels all of which will magnify any reduction in ride quality - you then get forum posts 'put 19's on and ruined the ride' !

A couple years ago, I went to the Nurburgring in an Alpina B10 V8S - we drove there from here in West London and it was a great run, comfortable and fast, 19's when done properly do not ruin the ride !

The above applies when running 20's on an E39, suspension components must be in good condition and uprated if wanted. By running high quality suspension as mentioned above the ride is perfectly acceptable. Yes, may will perhaps say it's pushing it too far, but you can still get into the car and drive long distances and all will be fine and will work nicely.

Also, no matter where in the USA you are, cars will be there and they all need/have tyres. By getting suitable winter tyres, all will again be fine and you can drive along with all those other millions of cars located where you all get harsher winters.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:08 AM
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I'm running 19x8.5 in the front 19x9.5 in the rear with 245/35 up front and 275/30 in the rear, on stock suspension I was fine in my 530 sport no rubbing at all, but now I'm lowered and only the right rear rubs when I have three people in the car, if I roll the fenders all will be well Click image for larger version

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Old 08-22-2014, 07:59 AM
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How much to roll the fenders

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I would rather buy wheels with correct size and offset, than rolling the fenders to make them fit. But I don't have the fender lip problem on my M5
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