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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 10-06-2012, 02:26 PM
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20in rims on a 1997 bmw 528i will they fit

hi i was just wondering do i need spacer to put 20s on my 528i and whats the biggest i can go on rims and wheels size
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:48 PM
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d00d put some 23 inchers on there
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:54 PM
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Depending on what is size diameter width, offset pattern. Cuz i was gona put some 20s also but did not fit, rears were 10inch and fronts were 8.5 width
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:42 PM
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thanks but i seen a 528i on youtube with 20in maya rims on it looked nice but i dont know if he raised it or not to fit if i cant put 2os i guess i gotta go with 19/8.5
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:56 PM
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get 19s. 20s are silly on an E39
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:07 PM
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:07 PM
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....I don't even know who's grammar to bash so I will leave this one alone
On another note, I will beg you not to put 20 inch *wheels* on a BMW... It's not an Escalade bro haha

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Old 10-07-2012, 02:08 AM
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:56 AM
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I would suggest spending your money on something more useful than a 528 "wit dem 20 inch riiiims" as some would say...

Look at the plus side
1) it has a bmw badge
2) one horse power will be plenty to cruise around the block..much more power than a 528

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:20 AM
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Hi

The E39 can indeed run on 20 inch wheels and carry them off looking in proportion to the dimensions and styling of the car. The trick is to have the right design of the wheel usually, with a deep lip or a stepped lip and to have the suspension sitting low enough.

Here's a few examples;









You need to give careful consideration to the wheels and suspension you buy, and the costs here do and will add up. Quality high end wheels are whats recommended due to the very small tyre sidewalls, any bumps, shocks and pothholes travelled over will transfer through the tyre to the wheel. Have lower quality wheels and the higher the chance of cracks and bends. For the suspension, excellent control of the cars' chassis is needed so coilovers which can be adjusted for rebound, damping and compression are required. Tyre sizes can be varied depending on the widths of the wheels you go, so you'll need to research and evaluate correctly here and ties in with how low you go as well due to tyre shoulder shapes for potential extra clearances etc.

Please search around other BMW forums where this has been done, you'll get better responses and knowledge than this forum as this forum is more 'oem' only biased and hence the responses above!

Cheers, Dennis!
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I would never run 20s on my car. It ruins handling and ride quality. Although those sample photos look pretty sweet.. More "show" then I care to carry.
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I would never run 20s on my car. It ruins handling and ride quality.
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Nline6 - are you speaking from personal experience? if so, when you did run the 20's, did you also change and renew suspension components which were probably worn way past their best? Also, did you use high quality coilover suspension and have the steering geometry checked and adjusted from a high quality and reputable specialist?

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Adding unsprung weight will always hurt handling and performance and I doubt he will be using a wheel/tire combo that reduces unsprung weight. Ride will also suffer and potholes and speed bumps become major road hazards. You will be using a lot of that 2.8 Liter engine's power turning the extra weight and diameter of those wheels and tires.

Not to mention, the car actually looks better on 18's.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:47 PM
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Hi Dennis...

Thank u very much for your reply..

Its really kool that u talk from facts and not just for talking without..

I made arrangements with a bodyshopto have my fender lip rolled on tuesday of next week so I wil see how that goes,,

The wheels really fit great in the front and hanles much better


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Nline6 - are you speaking from personal experience? if so, when you did run the 20's, did you also change and renew suspension components which were probably worn way past their best? Also, did you use high quality coilover suspension and have the steering geometry checked and adjusted from a high quality and reputable specialist?

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Old 10-21-2012, 04:26 PM
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It also depends somewhat on the roads where you'll be driving. I had 205/40R17 tires on my Mazdaspeed Miata - that was the factory size for the Mazdaspeed. They looked really cool, but they were terrible here in Richmond with our poorly maintained roads. Lane choice was dictated by which had fewer potholes instead of speed. Going well below the speed limit was not unusual on certain parts of I-295 on my daily commute.

I actually just finished changing the wheels and tires on my newly acquired 525it from a 17" Style 5 to a 16" Style 82. I know the Style 5 has a lot of fans, but I'm not one of them. I prefer a simpler wheel with more classic styling instead of the intricate basketweave and screw heads for the 2-piece construction. Coupled with more sidewall and cheaper tires, this was a really easy decision for me. Maybe I'm just getting old. BAH HUMBUG!
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Yep....this was with 1 1/2" spacers...don't need em though...just ordered some 20mm spacers to pull them back in the wheel wells so they'll quit rubbin'... 20 inches nothin' less !!!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:56 AM
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Hi

Trini BMW - you are welcome! Please do your research and you'll find you can run 20's nicely

Chiefwej - points taken, however could I ask just how much extra the engine will have to work? have you done the calculations to back up that statement as I'm wondering if its 1% extra? 10% extra or 63.24% extra power will be needed to turn the wheels?! Also, what if the wheels chosen are the same weight or perhaps lighter than oem ones? lastly, not everyone thinks 18's look best on the E39, there's a few owners who say the exact same thing about 16's for instance !

Vavet5308 - I do agree with you there. If your car usage regularly takes you along bad roads, it wouldn't be good to go to the largest wheel/tyre combination of any car's capabilities/space.

diggyd357 - I'd also suggest looking at your tyre sizing and profiles, tyre choice sidewall shape and also good quality coilovers

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Hi,

Nline6 - are you speaking from personal experience? if so, when you did run the 20's, did you also change and renew suspension components which were probably worn way past their best? Also, did you use high quality coilover suspension and have the steering geometry checked and adjusted from a high quality and reputable specialist?

Cheers, Dennis!
Dennis,
No, not 20s But I have ran 19s with a quality suspension set up. I speak from my experience with 19s only figuring 20s with even thinner tires would ride even worse. I think 17-18 is the perfect size wheel. Thats my optinion. I have had wheel sizes from 15s to 19s and love the middle. Why do you think most sport model cars come equipt with 17/18" wheels? because its the perfect combo of style and ride comfort.
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Re: 20in rims on a 1997 bmw 528i will they fit

a good set of coilovers and some 18's better choice-20's is too much rolling mass imop

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donk it. slap Some 24 wallmart chromies on it n ride high mang
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a good set of coilovers and some 18's better choice-20's is too much rolling mass imop

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