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Old 10-13-2019, 08:42 AM
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Greetings from E39 Land!

Hello all,

After 9-1/2 truly wonderful years of ownership, I decided to let my E39 525i go, and picked up an E46 330Ci instead

I'm looking forward to delving into all of the great info on this forum thank you for all of the stickied posts
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:30 AM
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Welcome back!

Gotta love the wiki here, wish they were all like this one.

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Congrats on the new to you E46. Hope it serves you well.

Are you going to be daily driving it even through winter? I used to live in the D and those winters and pot holes are rough!
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Congrats on the new to you E46. Hope it serves you well.

Are you going to be daily driving it even through winter? I used to live in the D and those winters and pot holes are rough!
Thank you both yes indeed. If the E39 didn't have such a funky bore size, I'd run my winters on the E46. Instead, I'll have to come up with something
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Since the E39 bore size is bigger you just need a set of concentric rings, that is unless the offset screws you. John uses them on his winter set on the E39 since they are the original wheels but he did the E60 hub conversion to increase his available wheel selection.

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Old 10-20-2019, 07:33 AM
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Since the E39 bore size is bigger you just need a set of concentric rings, that is unless the offset screws you. John uses them on his winter set on the E39 since they are the original wheels but he did the E60 hub conversion to increase his available wheel selection.

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Good tip, thanks u.nanimous
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Since the E39 bore size is bigger you just need a set of concentric rings, that is unless the offset screws you. John uses them on his winter set on the E39 since they are the original wheels but he did the E60 hub conversion to increase his available wheel selection.

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Well, I'm not screwed by offset but by wheel diameter! I've read that 15" will not work, they won't clear the rotors.

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You had 15" basketweaves? Yeah I believe the 330 had slightly bigger brakes. On our E90 I had to go an inch bigger than I wanted to because the aftermarket wheel I chose has something different about the shape that they said won't make it over the big 335 front brakes. Speaking of which I still have the original wheels stacked in the basement.
So did you get some winters put on? The snow wasn't sticking yet when I came in to work but 6 hours later and still coming down...actually doesn't look bad when I look out the door at my car. My wife just called a few minutes ago though and mentioned Haggerty Rd is clear but Joy Rd is absolutely not (driving our very pregnant daughter to appointments), I imagine very similar your short distance away right now.

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2008 335xiA - winterbeater Impala replacement
2002 530i/5 - 2.5 years searching...and it is John's car
1989 535i/5 - the spare car
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You had 15" basketweaves? Yeah I believe the 330 had slightly bigger brakes.
I did indeed, I loved the way it drove in the snow. All that rubber and sidewall between the wheel and the potholes- I mean, the road


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Not yet, but I'm going to. Wish me luck!
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I did indeed, I loved the way it drove in the snow. All that rubber and sidewall between the wheel and the potholes- I mean, the road




Not yet, but I'm going to. Wish me luck!
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While there are 1 or 2 16" wheels that will fit OK, to be on the safe side, 17s are best. My first E46 winter tires were Dunlop Wintersports M3s, size 225/45/17. Worked great, never had a problem navigating with those (having a manual trans helps a lot in bad weather). On these cars, with true high-performance snow tires on all 4 wheels, the limiting factor becomes ground clearance....with more than about 5 inches or more of unplowed snow, the car will run up onto the snow like a toboggan, and you won`t be going anywhere (no matter HOW many wheels are driven).
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