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#1 (permalink) Old 04-16-2004, 11:52 PM
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Okay, there havebeen a few previous posts about how big in rims and tires an E30 non-M3 can go. and I believe it was Mr M3 that said a non-m3 E30 could go 17 inch with a 20 mm offset(I think that means plus 1 or 2 on the width). So, with all this in mind, it all sounds great, BUT, where could I get rims that are 4 lug and are 1 inch bigger(16 inch) and are possibly 1 inch wider?

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you can do almost anything. just have to try it. I guy a know used to work at a shop that did a lot of high end electric installs, and there was 2 E30's one was stock on 18's and the other was this sweet gold one with a 1in drop and 19's tucked in. it is so sweet. i don't know what they did to fit them in there but it was bad ass.

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Thanks.. , but I dont think 19's would improve any of my performance times, sorry bub, but I need something that is 16 or 17 at the most, the bigger you go you will lose a little power cuz your engine has to turn those huge wheels. so Im think of just getting some 16's that are just a little wider, that just come out to the fenders, I think that would look sick, my 15's right now look okay at certain angles, but look small at other, and I dont really like big ones, so I just need some good rims that look proportional to my car. Does ANYONE understand or follow what Im sayin? Lol.
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just mkae sure more then any thing that you get good rubber. I just fpu my 225/45r17s on for more bite. the power loss is minimal but the launch is way better. I can still roast them pretty bad if i drop the clutch hard, but they made a better difference in my opionion.

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what is the bolt pattern on your e30?

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What kind of ride quality loss would u see with 16's? I want to upgrade my 14's.... a 30mm offset would be good for 15-16 inch rims right? What about putting 16 x 7 in's in the back, and 15 x 6.5 in the front? what would be the harm in that?
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I dont think you would really lose that much with 16's, your ride I dont think would be any rougher or whatnot, car might be a little heavier I guess?

I just want somethin a little wider, cuz I think it will help with a tid bit o'traction, and wont make my tires look all small and stuff.

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the width of the wheel isnt that important, you just need to find a way to fit 225 tires on if you want more grip. check out kosei k1's and SSR Comps for some of the best/lightest 16in's

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