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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 12-05-2013, 11:03 AM
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New E36

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Hey guys, so after a brief love affair with a Civic Hatch I'm back in an e36. Its got 250k on the clock and is full stock. It handles like a Cadillac right now, but the engine feels super smooth, and pulls strong. No chain slap or vanos noise or anything which really surprised me. The PO used Rotella T-6 diesel oil so maybe that's one factor that helped.

I was wondering in terms of performance what are the Cons and Pros (if any) to running 15 inch rims? Could I run 15" wheels with spacers and some camber for better contact patch? There's just so many more wheel and tire options in 15", and more affordable as well. I do have a set of 16" 325is sport rims which I will probably bust out, but I'm not a fan of how they look.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:46 AM
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Pros of 15" wheels:

- Quieter interior
- Smoother ride
- More durable/resistant to bending/cracking due to additional tire sidewall.

Cons of 15" wheels:

- Unresponsive handling
- Lower grip levels on dry pavement (because smaller diameter wheels tend to be narrower as well)
- Visually unappealing - 15s look quite small on the E36 body

I definitely recommend saving up your money and getting a proper set of 17" wheels & tires. 17x8.5" really is the perfect size for the E36. Not too big, not too small - perfect!
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:18 PM
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I agree with this...."I definitely recommend saving up your money and getting a proper set of 17" wheels & tires. 17x8.5" really is the perfect size for the E36. Not too big, not too small - perfect! "
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:15 PM
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:21 PM
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a set of 13x8's tucked and streched looks bitching...
LOOOL!!! NO!! Do not listen to this guy!!

By the way, diesel oil is fine and all, but it turns the inside of your engine black. The high phosphorus content in the oil also clogs up your cadillac converters, mess up your O2 sensors, clog up your muffler, and that's about it. Other than that, with the high calcium count that diesel oil has, especially with Rotella T6, it is very good for the cylinder walls.

I remember Bob is the oil guy did a nice review about using diesel oil when going racing. Even provided some samples from Blackstone labs.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:15 AM
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:00 PM
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Yea I guess I'll save up for some m3 wheels or some sort of 17's.

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LOOOL!!! NO!! Do not listen to this guy!!

By the way, diesel oil is fine and all, but it turns the inside of your engine black. The high phosphorus content in the oil also clogs up your cadillac converters, mess up your O2 sensors, clog up your muffler, and that's about it. Other than that, with the high calcium count that diesel oil has, especially with Rotella T6, it is very good for the cylinder walls.

I remember Bob is the oil guy did a nice review about using diesel oil when going racing. Even provided some samples from Blackstone labs.
Hmm actually the car did just fail smog. It was running rich and had high NOx. My mechanic friend ran his OBD computer and said my o2 sensor wasn't "cycling". I have till Feb to pass smog so maybe I'll switch oils before my next smog, in addition to trying a working o2 sensor.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:28 PM
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Yea I guess I'll save up for some m3 wheels or some sort of 17's.



Hmm actually the car did just fail smog. It was running rich and had high NOx. My mechanic friend ran his OBD computer and said my o2 sensor wasn't "cycling". I have till Feb to pass smog so maybe I'll switch oils before my next smog, in addition to trying a working o2 sensor.
Get some sea foam and drive like mad. Then drain the oil. You may need to replace your O2 sensors as well.

I remember there was a liquid you can use in your gas that would burn hot enough to start melting the crud on your cadillac converters. Or just take it to a Dyno and drive it hard. The key is heat to melt the crud off your exhaust.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:35 PM
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Get some sea foam and drive like mad. Then drain the oil. You may need to replace your O2 sensors as well.

I remember there was a liquid you can use in your gas that would burn hot enough to start melting the crud on your cadillac converters. Or just take it to a Dyno and drive it hard. The key is heat to melt the crud off your exhaust.
That reminds me of a thread I saw on the Toyota forums. I think it might be relevant to the conversation http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/10...h-me-luck.html.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:58 AM
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will 13" even clear the brake calipers??


Serious question. :serious:
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:29 AM
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No.... I dont think so ..

I was joking about a track car we has back in the day.. It was accutlly on a set of rims from a e30 M3 (bbs's) But they were stretched walls... so it looked like 13"stretched
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:25 PM
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will 13" even clear the brake calipers??


Serious question. :serious:
13s will barely clear the rotors let alone the caliper. Front rotor diameter is 11.26". ID of a 13" cast alloy wheel is probably around 12", maybe less.....
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:33 PM
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:44 PM
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