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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 06-19-2013, 07:28 AM
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I wouldn't put anyone down for wanting steelies. I like the down-trodden, junkyard dog look myself. I was actually thinking of doing this for my daily driver Mazda3. I live on a narrow rural road with no pavement markings and I have bent three of my 17" alloy rims getting forced to the edge of the road by duallies that come around blind curves in the middle of the road.

7ate9, here's something that might help you understand the numbers better. It gets confusing because offset and backspace overlap:


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Old 06-19-2013, 07:38 AM
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found these on craigslist i know they're not steelies but they still look nice

http://buffalo.craigslist.org/pts/3864335590.html
http://buffalo.craigslist.org/pts/3853714418.html
http://buffalo.craigslist.org/pts/3830773529.html


i personaly like the third ones
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:55 AM
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Hey, isn't there one more thing, besides the dimensions of the wheel, that has to be considered? What about whether the wheel is hub-centric or not? If the BMW wheels are hub-centric and you try to fit a non-hub-centric wheel, will the lug bolts hold up? Also, what about the shoulder angle in the holes for the lug bolts? That needs to match the shoulder angle of the BMW lug bolts. If not, you have to find new bolts with the correct shoulder angle and thread size.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:46 AM
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Hey, don't knock the steelies design. I LOVE THEM! I think they are nice and tough especially for snow driving. But if I could get the OEM ones like these:



I'd punch a wall if I could get one.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:53 PM
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Hey, isn't there one more thing, besides the dimensions of the wheel, that has to be considered? What about whether the wheel is hub-centric or not? If the BMW wheels are hub-centric and you try to fit a non-hub-centric wheel, will the lug bolts hold up? Also, what about the shoulder angle in the holes for the lug bolts? That needs to match the shoulder angle of the BMW lug bolts. If not, you have to find new bolts with the correct shoulder angle and thread size.
You're correct Jim, but there's been so many major things wrong with the selections so far we haven't had a chance to go into the finer points.....

With respect to hubcentric or not, I think the lug bolts will be fine with a non centric wheel, but there will likely be a road speed vibration that can't be fixed with balancing.
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