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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 12-31-2003, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

A simple newbie question. I have a 1987 325e and want to put wide/big tires on it. Right now it has 195/65/14 tires on it. How wide can I go, anyone know?

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Well actually you can go as far as 18' wheels but you would need rubberband tires and its a rough ride, ideally I would put on some 17' wheels with maybe a 225 45 17s. If your car is lowered you can still use the same size and it will look really bad ass especailly if you get some wheels with a deep dish.... . Well good luck and post a pic after you get your wheels.
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keep 195s in the back and put 205s in the front that way you get good oversteer. 205s all around on this car gives understeer.
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Thanks both, but what if I want to leave the 14 inch rims on it for now? What size tires would you go with? Eventually I would like to go with larger wheels, but for now that is a little too much for what I am having done to it currently.

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i'm sure who ever you buy the tires from can tell you exactly what can and cant fit, but i think the max (without modification, and stock ride height) is 225 width. some people say they get a little bit of rubbing when they go over large dips or turn the wheel to lock with 225's, with lowering springs that is. but i would think 225's would be ok with no more than a 1.5" drop if you plan on lowering your car or modifying the suspension.
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