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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-02-2007, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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5lugs conversion on an e30?

is it possible ? what do i need? would it be better?
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Yes, e30 M3 came stock with them. (certain e36 parts can be made to work, even some z3 parts can be used.)

A lot of money. (about 800 in parts alone, if you are lucky, thats not including labor)

Not really. Many swear it's necessary if you are going to push more than 350hp+ at your wheels. Other than that the only real benefit is it provides a broader rim selection.
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Yes, e30 M3 came stock with them. (certain e36 parts can be made to work, even some z3 parts can be used.)

A lot of money. (about 800 in parts alone, if you are lucky, thats not including labor)

Not really. Many swear it's necessary if you are going to push more than 350hp+ at your wheels. Other than that the only real benefit is it provides a broader rim selection.


great thanks for that info
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Yes, e30 M3 came stock with them. (certain e36 parts can be made to work, even some z3 parts can be used.)

A lot of money. (about 800 in parts alone, if you are lucky, thats not including labor)

Not really. Many swear it's necessary if you are going to push more than 350hp+ at your wheels. Other than that the only real benefit is it provides a broader rim selection.
And ALOT of guys who push around that hp remain with 4 lugs with no problems what-so-ever.

Just as a heads up.
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I know, I had 4 lugs with my last turbo bmw and never had any problems either. Now, if I ever get another 750il motor (had to sell the last one I had, eating is a hard habit to break) for a motor swap for my current e30 , I will do a 5 lug conversion.
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mmm, that torquey beast would be sexy

Make sure to TT it before dropping it in though.
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I know, I had 4 lugs with my last turbo bmw and never had any problems either. Now, if I ever get another 750il motor (had to sell the last one I had, eating is a hard habit to break) for a motor swap for my current e30 , I will do a 5 lug conversion.
back when i use to work for a local tuner shop we had a CRX making about 730whp, on 4 lugs

one of the new kids cross threaded a stud and broke it off at the track during a wheel change, ran it in 3 lugs and it never had any problems, did 12 runs like that on wrinkle walls 3 lugs and 730whp hahaha

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