Hi people. Can anyone help with this question. I'm considering getting a set of 17 inch alloys for my E36, but not sure what size tyres (front and rear) would fit, considering the extra wheel size. Right now I have the original 15in alloys and 205/60/15 tyres. Any suggestions would be most welcome!
Haven't bought any yet but would like to. Just looking into it at the moment because I want to get the right stuff. I have noticed some rubbing on both inner wheel arches, from the previous owner I guess. I want to avoid further issues like that. I guess I'll have no problems with 9 inch diameter on the rear and 8.5 inch on the front then? Maybe with 225/14/17 on front and 245/14/17 on rear ?
Do you know what size the previous owner was running? Are you lowered?
I have 18"s on my car, and stock suspension (as seen below) did not rub at all. Lowered it rubs under cornering only. I have 8" wide on the front, and 8.5" on the rear.
You could fit 9" in the rear depending on your offset. With my 8.5" and 40mm offset I have about 10mm before I rub against the fender. Im not sure how close you would be with a 9" wheel. Just remember, when you see "245/40/17" the first number is the width in MM, and the second is the aspect ratio. Meaning the percentage of the width. So the height of the tire is 40% of 245 mm.
Urm...not sure what size the previous owner was running but they a must've been huge. Thats a nice looking car you got. Is that a 328? At the moment my car is 100% stock original. Ok I'll look out for 8.5 rears and 8.5 fronts. eBay has plenty of stuff going at the moment. Found two Separate sets of Tyres too, 245/40/17 and 225/40/17. Happy days :-)
Like I was saying, mine's 100% stock. 90,000 miles, full BMW service history and immaculately clean. Only thing I want to upgrade is the wheels & Tyres. My original plan was to refurbish the original whhels and buy new tyres, but works out cheaper to buy second hand 17 inch rims with tyres...
To be honest that's why I've kept this e36, the beige leather was so rare at the time I just went for it. That along with the low mileage and full BMW service history made it an absolute bargain! I see you live in Calgary? I'm in South England so gas price right now is £1.45 per litre for high octane, which means big engined BMW's are not sought after. This means I paid £800 for this immaculate example! I've just had the leather reconditioned (£300) and trust me this car looks like its just rolled off the factory line. That's why I don't want to go mental with tuning and modifications, just want to keep this one as close to original as possible. Untouched German stuff holds the value over here.
I'll look into that postImage.org next chance I get, but for now if you have an email address I'll send you a few snap shots?
By the way, I used to live in Vancouver! I owned a 1997 V8 Blazer and kind of miss it!
Where in South England are you? How do you like living in England compared to Vancouver? My winter vehicle is actually a 1998 GMC Jimmy lol.
I have a few minor things to improve the look of the car but im not going extreme with it. In terms of cosemetic stuff I have everything I want except for ZKW Headlights and an M3 diffuser. Im in the process of trying to track down a wood center console. They were never available in North America. Im tired of the black and want something different.
Im paying $1.44 a litre for 91 octane. That works out to SIX DOLLARS a gallon!! We have the second largest oil reserve in the world (Alberta Tar Sands) and yet we pay ridiculous prices for gas! Totally unfair! lol.
I'm in Southampton right on the coastline. Can't get any further South if I tried! I was born here and lived in Vancouver few years ago. May go back to Canada one day though....England is a cool place to live, the roads are quite awesome and country back roads are good fun!
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