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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 05-28-2013, 08:18 PM
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540i/6 wheel fitment question.... 18x9.5

I ran across a killer deal on a set of SSR Type C wheels.. They are 18x9.5 +50 all around.. I am looking to pull my style 32 wheels off and refinish them and wanted to see if I could run these and as a spare set was wondering what spacers I would need to create a propper (not fanboy) fitment...

ANy help on this and tire size would be helpful. Figure it would be nice to be able to rotate tires...lol
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:19 AM
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You're going to need at least 25mm spacers. Getting a little sketchy when you have to go that wide.

I'm guessing they're 72.6mm hub bore as well?
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:01 AM
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You're going to need at least 25mm spacers. Getting a little sketchy when you have to go that wide.

I'm guessing they're 72.6mm hub bore as well?
Yeah I was going to buy hub converted spacers.. 25mm is about 1 inch.. That is a beefy spacer.. Do you have a calculator where you found the backspacing needed..?
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Thickest hub-convert spacers I could find is 20mm, which should work fine for your set since they're wider than your 17x8 wheels (I assume)
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You said you need to buy adapters, we typically suggest H&R adapters. H&R adapters come in 15mm and 20mm widths LINK.

Proper fitment for an 18x9.5 will be ET20 on the E39, you'll need 30mm worth of spacer (LINK) to push them out to those specs. You could go with a 5mm less aggressive spacer (LINK to 25mm E39 spacers), but when you're gong that big you might as well go all the way in my opinion. Mind you this would be if you had the wheels re bored.

As far as fitment, you note "not fanboy fitment" guessing no stretch and poke look is what you mean, is that correct? Going with an 18x9.5 ET20 will provide a similar wheel fitment to the E39 seen below (it's on 19s and is lowered)



I believe the above fitment would not be considered "fanboy fitment" .

The SSR Type C is a great looking wheel but instead of pushing them back in to spec with spacers you may want to look into a budget friendly (since you said temp wheel while you're 32s are refinished) such as the Azlor 718 (LINK) or 725 (LINK). They'll be easier to fit to the E39, and make a great looking set of wheels for say "winter" use later on down the road.


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Thanks for the info!!
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