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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 12-20-2004, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I have a good one for you customizers out there. I have an 86 325es and it has the 4 lug spindles. I've seen some damn nice BMW rims out there but they are all 5 lug. What is easier and or safer? swapping out the spindles from 4 to 5 lug (if this is possible) or some sort of adaptor? A bonus question, when did the 3 series switch from 4 to 5 lug? I am in the market for a later model if I can find a 4 door 5 speed that's reasonable priced.
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There are plenty of 4 lug rims out there. Go tirerack.com, or Ronalusa.com. I have the Ronal Ls's and they are awesome. Just look they aer out there.
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Old 12-20-2004, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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While there are several really nice 4x100mm rims on the market, there are hundreds more 5x114.3mm and 120mm, and more selection yields lower prices. As far as I know, the M3 was the only E30 with 5-lug wheels. What would be great is to replace your suspension with as many M3 parts as possible, including all the necessary components for a 5-lug conversion. E36es (1992-1998) all had 5-lug rims I do believe, but I'm not sure how well any of their parts would fit under an E30.

MrM3 would know all of that.
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Im planning this very procedure...

ill let ya know how the hub goes this weekend.

i blew out a front hub and since im going to replace the entire strut ill check out the difference of struts w/some junkyard m3's or 5lug types...

if its simple enough (im sure the rear is) then we could do this w/simple tools.
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