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Old 09-06-2013, 08:10 PM
Drastic08 Drastic08 is offline
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need rims and tires for a 95 740il

Hey guys i am new to this forum but i am wondering if the 2008 BMW 7 series wheels would fit my 95 740il

this is the one i want to put on

please help_a_
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:15 PM
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Mein Auto: 1995 BMW 740iL M38 M60
Post BMW Wheel Information You Need To Know

The wheel centre bore on the 1995 is 72.6mm, the offset is 23mm.
Things you need to know:
1) Offset
2) BMW OEM wheel information
NOTE: Wheel information is in German, and ET is the wheel offset.
3) Centre bore adapter
4) Wheel spacers
5) BMW Wheel Spec
6) More BMW Wheel Styles
7) Wheel & Tire Calculator

Keep in mind a 7 series is a very heavy car. OEM wheels are 16 and 17" any larger and you take the chance of bending the wheel if you hit a pothole.
I don't like to use any wheel spacers, it changes the load on the suspension.
eBay links are only for reference.

A quick way to tell what size is the centre bore of a used wheel when shopping.
Take and old credit card, cut the card at 74mm. Measure down to 72mm and cut out a notch. You now have a pocket gauge.

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:12 PM
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Love the pocket gauge idea!! I learn a new trick every now and again - this is a gem!
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:38 PM
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Mein Auto: 1997 740iL / 2006 X5 4.4
The 3 major wheel specs to consider when looking for BMW wheel compatibility are listed below
  1. wheel bolt pattern
  2. wheel offset range
  3. wheel center bore/hub size

After those 3 specs above, one must also consider TIRE size (some models use a different tire circumference/diameter), wheel width (too wide can get you in trouble), wheel bolt length if you're using wheel adpaters/spacers.

Now that BMW is offering AWD across the board on every has changed the wheel compatibility somewhat. It used to be that the 5/6/7/8/Z8 models could share the same wheels (with the exception of the e39 with its larger 74.1mm hub)...and the 3/X/Z3/Z4 shared the same major 3 specs. But now, some of the AWD models have higher offset ranges than their RWD sedans/coupes cousins...and you have the e70/e71 X5M/X6 models which have a split axle wheel hub size.

Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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