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Old 08-04-2010, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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18, 19, or 20 inch rims for my E36?

What do you guys think?
what would look the best on my alpine white 4 door 325i
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On a smaller car anything bigger than 18's are pimp
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I wouldn't go any bigger than 18s.
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actually big rims would look pimp 1LOBOSS i was looking at these
18 inch 5 lug universal rims trades welcome
cheap and cool
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Anything bigger than 18" is going to be a huge problem. I can say that for a fact.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Universal doesn't mean what it says ... there's a million different bolt patterns ... 5x100 5x112 5x120 ... you need 5x120; that can't have everything so unless it says it does, universal might as well mean "wont fit your car".

Anyway, I've seen 19s on a e36 but they look huge ... 18 is probably the largest I'd personally go. As for 20s ... I can't remember ever seeing a e36 with such big wheels so you could be the first.
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^^^Absolutely correct Torque. Also the hub size is another issue as well. Unless the wheel is perfectly hub centric you're going to have one hell of a bad time.
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It's a photoshop, but 20's look unbelievably awful on an E36 especially in the rear because the wheel arch isn't tall enough...

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don't. Get 17". Then drive your car like you are supposed to.
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All around the web you'll find that the general consensus is to never go above 18's. Anything bigger and people have started having problems. My recommendation is to go with 17's. Still a huge difference from stock, but with a better ride quality than 18's (and cheaper tires). That is what I did on my E36.
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All around the web you'll find that the general consensus is to never go above 18's. Anything bigger and people have started having problems. My recommendation is to go with 17's. Still a huge difference from stock, but with a slightly better ride quality than 18's (and cheaper tires). That is what I did on my E36.

I 2nd this opinion. Anything more than 18s and you may end up with tire rub...
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From 19" up, you'd need to get your fenders rolled.
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theres an e36 318 by my work with 20's on it (i think theyre 20's) they look huge any ways ill post a pic when i get my rims which ever ones i get...
what is fender rolling drz?
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I had 18's on my car for one month......& the car's ride was shit! They felt much too heavy,
The car did not grab the road like it did with 17's.....high speeds on curves were scary!

Just much happier with the 17's, & like
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All around the web you'll find that the general consensus is to never go above 18's. Anything bigger and people have started having problems. My recommendation is to go with 17's. Still a huge difference from stock, but with a better ride quality than 18's (and cheaper tires). That is what I did on my E36.

drz......hit the nail on the head & I experienced it first hand! The ride was horrible!!!


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