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Old 02-05-2014, 08:51 PM
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328ix tire/rim size question

A friend of mine recently bought a 2013 328ix F30 Luxury Line, and she's looking for winter tires. She's very very low mileage driver so investing in a new set of winter rubber seems a bit unreasonable.

I used to have an E39 540i. I have a set of practically new 225/55-16 Conti DWS mounted on factory rims from the 540. The rims are 5x120 and have a 20mm offset. No, they aren't true winter tires but they're better in the winter than the stock no-seasons she has now.

What I've found is that 225/55-16 is ok on the F30 as an optional size - but somebody told me that's only ok on the 320 F30.

Q1. Where can I definitively find out if 225/55-16 is ok on the 328ix F30?
Q2. Wheel offset on the F30 is 34mm. If 225/55-16 is ok on the 328, would you consider installing my old 540 wheels/tire on the 328ix F30 with a 14mm spacer?
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If you own the wheels already why not simply try them?

Q1 - You're not going to find this from BMW as far as I can see.
Q2 - You can't add a spacer, the lower the number the further out the wheel is.

As I said you really just need to try them.

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The wheel itself will clear the brake calipers if your worried about that.

The offset must be correct.

Seriously, tirerack has great deals on tire/wheel packages, and will even mount and road force balance them. That's what i did anyway for the winter tires on my wifes F30. mounted, balanced, shipped, installed for 1100 bucks (Conti-extremeWinterContact... not cheap tires)
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If you own the wheels already why not simply try them?

Q1 - You're not going to find this from BMW as far as I can see.
Q2 - You can't add a spacer, the lower the number the further out the wheel is.
+ might well just fit, due to the higher ride height of the xDrive suspension, although it's going to be close (10 mm is doable, 15 mm is getting close to the body.)

I believe that the wheel bore might be a bit larger on the 5-series wheels, so it might not quite self-center. The overall diameter is close to the F30 diameter, I wouldn't worry.

But I do want to caution you that the DWS is also a no-season tire.
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+ might well just fit, due to the higher ride height of the xDrive suspension, although it's going to be close (10 mm is doable, 15 mm is getting close to the body.)

I believe that the wheel bore might be a bit larger on the 5-series wheels, so it might not quite self-center. The overall diameter is close to the F30 diameter, I wouldn't worry.

But I do want to caution you that the DWS is also a no-season tire.
The question is not "will it fit the wheel well" it's "will it fit the wheel offset" as these numbers are different for a E39 and a F30. Im certain the diameter of everything would work fine but the HUB is the problem.

I figured this out when i wanted to install my E60 wheels on a F30.... no bueno. yes the bolt patterns match but it doesnt work, trust me.
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Seriously, tirerack has great deals on tire/wheel packages, and will even mount and road force balance them. That's what i did anyway for the winter tires on my wifes F30. mounted, balanced, shipped, installed for 1100 bucks (Conti-extremeWinterContact... not cheap tires)
Which wheels did you get? Steel or alloy?
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:20 AM
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Which wheels did you get? Steel or alloy?
I got the "sport edition" black 16's with conti winter extremecontacts. I wasn't looking for large wheel size for snow tires so 16's worked perfect. Ill be installing the factory, summer, 18's soon.
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