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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 03-14-2005, 09:04 AM
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Question on Hub Centric Ring Size?

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I just had some Stern ST II rims installed on my '03 330 Ci and am experiencing some vibrations. The tire tech told me to get either wheel spacers or hub centric rings. I was wondering if you guys had any preference of one or the other.....Also, which size of hub centric rings to get, if I go that route. The new rims are 18" x 8.5", everything else in the suspension/breaks/hub is stock.

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Old 03-14-2005, 10:17 AM
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All,

I just had some Stern ST II rims installed on my '03 330 Ci and am experiencing some vibrations. The tire tech told me to get either wheel spacers or hub centric rings. I was wondering if you guys had any preference of one or the other.....Also, which size of hub centric rings to get, if I go that route. The new rims are 18" x 8.5", everything else in the suspension/breaks/hub is stock.

Thanks!

Any place that sold you wheels for a BMW without proper hubcentric adapting rings should be torched. E46 hub center diameter is ~72.5mm. I have no idea what the ID of Stern wheels are. Tell the jackass who sold you the wheels to either put rings in there or you will deposit the wheels in his rectum and dispute the charge with your credit card company.
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:54 AM
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The E39 (older 5-series) featured a slightly larger hub, so it's not terribly uncommon for manufacturers to make a single rim that requires the spacers for other models. The rings are very cheap and really should've been included when you bought the wheels. The hub-centric design is important to ensure proper mounting -- to reduce/eliminate any side-loads from the lug-bolts, and to keep the wheel perfectly centered on the hub.

I'd suggest that you contact the selling party and ask that they provide the rings you need. Failing that, TireRack might be able to supply them.
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