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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 01-26-2013, 12:05 PM
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tire size

i have a 1997 bmw 540i 6 spd manual lowered i bought some 20"vossen 078 wheels for the car i need to know what size of tires i need to buy so they dont rub the fronts are 20x9 and the rear are 20x10 1/2 the car was lowered when i bought it i dont know how much it is lowered i have put the rims ONLY on the car to check them and they do fit any help would work
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:40 PM
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You are going plus-3 on this wheel fitment. You MUST size the tire to carry the same weight as the original size, or you will seriously compromise handling and safety.

Whatever that size turns out to be, you will need to modify the wheel wells to fit them. Go to tirerack.com for more info.
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