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Old 09-26-2019, 04:51 PM
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Im Selling some e90 16's and person buying owns an e46. Im aware they should fit but the offset is different. Can someone tell me if they will be set more inwards towards the middle of the car or out towards the fenders more?

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Old 09-26-2019, 05:40 PM
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I have E90 BMW Style 286 in a staggered set on my 2002 Cabriolet. The difference in offset was 1/2" for the FRONT wheels from the BMW Style 44 wheels it shipped from Germany with and 1/3" for the REAR. If you visit THIS BMW WHEEL STYLE site, you can see the different offset's. IMHO, anything within 1/2" will be fine. Others will say up to one inch.

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I have E90 BMW Style 286 in a staggered set on my 2002 Cabriolet. The difference in offset was 1/2" for the FRONT wheels from the BMW Style 44 wheels it shipped from Germany with and 1/5" for the REAR. If you visit THIS BMW WHEEL STYLE site, you can see the different offset's. IMHO, anything within 1/2" will be fine. Others will say up to one inch.
et34 is the e90 and et46 i think is the e46 not sure havent seen the other guys stock wheels yet
not sure difference in offset.
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et34 is the e90 and et46 i think is the e46 not sure havent seen the other guys stock wheels yet
not sure difference in offset.
The offset (ET) for BMW Style 44 is 47. The offset for BMW Style 286 FRONT is 34; this is a difference of 0.51". The offset for the REAR on the BMW Style 286 is 39, making the difference from the BMW Style 44 a mere 0.31".
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If the offset number is smaller the wheels will stick farther out and if the number is bigger they will be more tucked in. The ET offset numbers are in mm's so going from ET34 to ET44 will tuck the wheel in 10mm's (about 0.4") or from ET44 to ET34 they will push out about 10mm's. As stated above 1/2" shouldn't be a problem, but it does get a little tricky if the new tire is also wider.
If going to a bigger offset wheel doesn't work at least you can add spacers, but going to too much smaller offset so it rubs the fender cannot be easily compensated for.

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Basically wheels from e90 fit e46 just fine, I see them all the time. Might be some exceptions though, so I would suggest to try them on first and see.
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...but it does get a little tricky if the new tire is also wider.
My 235/45/17 tires fit the 8" & 8.5" wheels I now have far better than they did on the 7.5" vomit inducing wheels I had them removed from.
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:42 PM
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Got it all sorted out guys thanks. Turns out he had a 330 and they wouldnt fit anyways due to his larger brakes and the wheels being 16s
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