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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 11-16-2016, 08:37 AM
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Widest tire/wheel combo?

The wheels that came on my bimmer are scratched and chipped from the PO so I'm looking to buy new wheels and tires. I've been looking at a set of 17x8 ET40 and I wasn't sure if they'd clear in the front. I was planning on going with 245/40r17 tires (still deciding on a brand, maybe Nitto Invo?) and wanted to make sure they'd work with the offset and width all the way around.

I appreciate any help! Also, any tire suggestions for daily driver and weekend fun-car?
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Old 11-16-2016, 12:21 PM
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Should be okay at anything other than slammed.

I'm pretty low with staggered contours.
8mm spacer up front with 225's
No spacer in back with 245's


I don't rub hardly ever.
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:50 PM
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I ran 225/40/18 Front and 255/35/18 rears on OZ Ultraleggeras 18x8 Front ET40 and 18x9 ET40 rear

Very light rubbing on bumps and hard corners, fixed with light fender roll on the inside lip.

My car sits on H&R Sport Springs

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Old 11-16-2016, 06:22 PM
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I run a set of staggered 17's off a Z3 (17x7.5 and 17x8.5).They're wrapped in Continental DWS06 all seasons; 225/45-17 front and 245/40-17 rear. I have 5mm spacers up front and the rear fender is hammered back just a little . They don't rub at all. I have H&R O.E Sport springs with Koni sport shocks.



Don't buy cheap aftermarket wheels, you will bend them. I wouldn't put bigger than a 17 on a e36 but you can make bigger wheels fit. A lot of people run the kosei k1 racing wheel on there E36. If your on a budget I would just buy some used Z3 or M3 wheels. Make sure you have them tested to see if their bent before you buy used. When I had my wheels tested before I bought them, one of the rears was bent and I got a good chunk of money off the purchase price.

For tires if you want all seasons I really like the DWS06. There miles better then the falken tires that the PO installed.
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:22 AM
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I appreciate all the information, guys. I think I'll go with a staggered 245 in the rear with 225 up front. I've been looking and for the price I think I'll go with the Hankook V12 EVO for summer tires and use my current wheels for the winter.

I plan on going with the Niche Misano M116 for the summer.

Any suggestions on winter tires? I've never purchased dedicated winter tires, I've always had an SUV for the winter with ATs on it. I've heard the Blizzak are a great studless but I'd like your opinions!

Again, thanks for all the information!
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:30 AM
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I appreciate all the information, guys. I think I'll go with a staggered 245 in the rear with 225 up front. I've been looking and for the price I think I'll go with the Hankook V12 EVO for summer tires and use my current wheels for the winter.

I plan on going with the Niche Misano M116 for the summer.

Any suggestions on winter tires? I've never purchased dedicated winter tires, I've always had an SUV for the winter with ATs on it. I've heard the Blizzak are a great studless but I'd like your opinions!

Again, thanks for all the information!
Are those wheels low pressure cast or gravity cast? If they are not low pressure cast they will bend.
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:14 AM
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Are those wheels low pressure cast or gravity cast? If they are not low pressure cast they will bend.
That's an awfully broad statement. ANY wheel will bend given enough abuse.

FYI: Niche wheels are forged, not cast. They are plenty tough.
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:57 AM
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That's an awfully broad statement. ANY wheel will bend given enough abuse.

FYI: Niche wheels are forged, not cast. They are plenty tough.
If there forged then they are good. I don't know to much about aftermarket brands. But I see bent, cheap aftermarket wheels all of the time.
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You can fit 9's up front if you really want, but it takes some pulling/rolling of fenders and proper offset + spacers to do it.

Shouldn't have any issue with an 8" wheel and 235 or 245 tire. Based on the wheel offset and how "fat" the tire is (width of tire is relative based on brand, so not all 245's are the same) you may need a 5 or 10 mm spacer to clear the strut housing. If you get a 10mm, make sure you get a spacer with a lip, or a hub extender. Bimmerworld sells 'em.
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I've done some more looking (I'm never satisfied, I own a Jeep and a Bimmer lol) and I think I may stick with my 16s. Not sure what style they are (if they're even BMW wheels) but they don't look bad and I'll probably just repaint them. Can anyone identify them? The RR is a bit bent and they're all a little scuffed from a PO. The last PO claims they're BBS isn't 100% sure.

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I've done some more looking (I'm never satisfied, I own a Jeep and a Bimmer lol) and I think I may stick with my 16s. Not sure what style they are (if they're even BMW wheels) but they don't look bad and I'll probably just repaint them. Can anyone identify them? The RR is a bit bent and they're all a little scuffed from a PO. The last PO claims they're BBS isn't 100% sure.

http://i.imgur.com/hNeK9X7.jpg


http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/43


You have those guys installed. Most common on base E46's here in the states.
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If there forged then they are good. I don't know to much about aftermarket brands. But I see bent, cheap aftermarket wheels all of the time.
Eh, many of the OEM E36 wheels bend pretty easily. And my el cheapo cast Kosei K1s have been doing great after 5-6 years of mixed street & track use. Anything will bend, but I'd argue that it's less of a factor when you run 17s or smaller since you usually have a decent amount of sidewall at that diameter. Once you get into 18s and larger, the sidewall is just too thin on an E36 to provide adequate protection to the wheel. Usually the problem with cheap aftermarket wheels is weight, not susceptibility to bending.
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Eh, many of the OEM E36 wheels bend pretty easily. And my el cheapo cast Kosei K1s have been doing great after 5-6 years of mixed street & track use. Anything will bend, but I'd argue that it's less of a factor when you run 17s or smaller since you usually have a decent amount of sidewall at that diameter. Once you get into 18s and larger, the sidewall is just too thin on an E36 to provide adequate protection to the wheel. Usually the problem with cheap aftermarket wheels is weight, not susceptibility to bending.
Kosei wheels are low pressure cast and are just fine. Gravity cast wheels are your pepboys special wheels.
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I wouldn't put bigger than a 17 on a e36 but you can make bigger wheels fit.
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I will never understand why people will take perfectly good cars and modify them to look like hell.

Aesthetic displeasure aside, most metals are heavier than rubber. So before increasing the wheel size and reducing tyre profiles to mere elastic bands, you should learn all about "unsprung mass".
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I will never understand why people will take perfectly good cars and modify them to look like hell.

Aesthetic displeasure aside, most metals are heavier than rubber. So before increasing the wheel size and reducing tyre profiles to mere elastic bands, you should learn all about "unsprung mass".
I know about un/sprung mass. I'm an avid offroader as well. I've actually decided to stick with my current Style 43s and just paint them white. I'm super happy with how the first turned out using just plastidip. I like how it actually looks almost like a plastic wheel.

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Wow that looks really good. Been debating doing the same thing to my contours. I think it would look great with the contrast between a powdery white and any dark color.
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Wow that looks really good. Been debating doing the same thing to my contours. I think it would look great with the contrast between a powdery white and any dark color.
Like I said, I'm stoked with how it actually came out. I'm going to repaint the lug bolts flat black and clean up (maybe repaint) the calipers (they're red). The paint on the car is going from the schwartz II to satin black.
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