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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 04-13-2013, 03:26 PM
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What to do with 2 front bent ZHP wheels?

Hey e46 enthusiasts,

A few weeks ago, my front right tire, the inner wall wore down at a 45 degree angle and formed a bubble. I replaced the tire and got an alignment done thinking I would be fine now. Now today, I have noticed the front left tire is wearing down the same and now too has a huge bubble in it and needs to be replaced! This had not happened prior to my alignment... I've put on my 17" 7 spoke spare that should hold me over for the time being. Now as I look at the ZHP 18" rim I'm seeing that it is slightly bent, causing this wear of the tire...

Would you suggest getting my two front wheels fixed $ and then replace the tire $?

Or I am going to have my 4 17" 7 spoke old set shipped down to me ($200 approx)

Does anyone have 2 ZHP alloy wheels like the ones in my signature picture in South East, FL? Or have something they could offer?!

...now might be the time to look for new wheels
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:50 PM
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Personally, I'd take this opportunity to buy two rears and run the same on all four corners. Yes the rears fit up front and yes running 255/35/18 tires on all four corners rocks!
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:04 PM
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Personally, I'd take this opportunity to buy two rears and run the same on all four corners. Yes the rears fit up front and yes running 255/35/18 tires on all four corners rocks!
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:46 PM
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Personally, I'd take this opportunity to buy two rears and run the same on all four corners. Yes the rears fit up front and yes running 255/35/18 tires on all four corners rocks!
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:08 PM
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I have 3 bent wheels on my e46 just purchased, 05 325i.. and I am wanting to change, and preferably upgrade.. my neighbor has nice 18" black chrome wheels which he wants to see and I have an eye on.. Can i upgrade to 18" from the stock 16" and if so, what else I need to do?? Please advise.. Many thanks.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:38 PM
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I have 3 bent wheels on my e46 just purchased, 05 325i.. and I am wanting to change, and preferably upgrade.. my neighbor has nice 18" black chrome wheels which he wants to see and I have an eye on.. Can i upgrade to 18" from the stock 16" and if so, what else I need to do?? Please advise.. Many thanks.
Read the E46 Wiki

It contains all the info you need for correct wheel fitment.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:51 AM
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I'd get the two front wheels straightened, I had this done once on each wheel and then welded when they cracked before i had to break down and buy a used one. $100 to straighten $400+ to replace a single wheel.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:08 AM
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I'd guess that your uneven tire wear is due to more than just the bent wheels, though....
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