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#1 (permalink) Old 08-19-2004, 09:51 PM
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while looking up my 1994 325is on tirerack.com i came across some 17"x8.5" Front & 17"x9.5" Rear breyton inspirations. Tirerack displays wheels that will fit without any modifications to the car so im quite confused. how could 9.5" tires fit in an e36? I dont like the thought of physically modifying my car's body so rolling my read fenders doesnt seem too appealing to me. But if 9.5" tires will fit in the rear maybe ill go for them.

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Front: 17x8.5 Breyton Inspiration Silver with 225/45WR17 P Zero Nero M&S Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires

Back: 17x9.5 Breyton Inspiration Silver with 245/40WR17 P Zero Nero M&S Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires.

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#2 (permalink) Old 08-19-2004, 10:29 PM
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i dunno about the question but i have to say if i was throwing that much money at wheels, breytons are niiiice. mmmm

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Well you can fit most 245 tires on an 8" rim so the 9.5 really isn't needed. Chances are you won't have problems until you go over bumps or lower the car or put people in the back.

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thats a wide rim for 17"

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my rims are 17x8 and its very close to the rear and front fenders...i was looking at staggered rims before i got mine and i know that a 17x10 would not fit so i doubt a 17x9.5 rim would either

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does anyone know how wide the stock wheels are. so i have a baseline to start from. mine are the 15" ones.

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I just ordered staggered M3 double spoke wheels 17 x 7.5 in front and 17 x 8.5 in the back ill post pics once i get them on my 328i
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EuroBeam should have a great set up. I could never have 18" wheels on my car, as my driving would not permit such. And a 8.5" rear is wide, but with rolled fenders, it should ride nicely and give excellent grip. Nice job, like those ///M wheels too B)

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Thanks Jllphan! Do i need to roll my fenders now or should i do it when i get my new suspension wit a drop....im thinking about getting h&r sport springs with bilstein shocks!

Im thinking about rolling the back a little when i do the suspension!
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eurobeem. you might not need to roll them. but do your drop and then try it. it they rub then roll them. sometimes rolling the fenders can rust if they arent done correctly

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ok thanks man...thats what iw as thinking about doing..plus i dont think ill even need to roll them!
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Depends on your driving style. I can make my wheels rub if I try hard enough (I will say it is much easier to do at low speeds than high), and my car is not much lower than a stock 325is. If you wish, try out your new wheels and suspension and see. Under normal driving you may be fine, but who wants to engage in normal driving!

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ahaha your right jllphan ill see with the new suspension and if it rubs when i corner hard ill roll them out a little!

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Thanks for the responses;

I always have thought wider was better when it came to wheels, not always bigger (like in the case of 19" wheels). So when i knew what car i was getting i went over to tirerack.com and looked for the widest set of 17" wheels.

Are'nt wheels from tirerack supposed to go on your car without anymodifcation?

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Are'nt wheels from tirerack supposed to go on your car without anymodifcation?
Supposed to and do are two different things. Tirerack makes assumptions based loosely on factory specs (as do most other outlets). They are very reputable, but don't go strictly what you read on their website. Call and talk to them. Personally I don't know what the widest wheel you can put on your car, and it's kinda difficult to clearly deliniate the answer. Driving styles differ so do wheel choices. Anyone upgrading wheels merely for show, could put 19X9's if they wanted. My opinions stated above come from the standpoint of the limits if you wish to "drive" your car. You could definately go bigger than what Eurobeem is doing, but I wouldn't recomend it.

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