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Old 04-15-2005, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Which ones will handle better and look better on a stock 328IS???
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definitely the 18x8
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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definitely the 18x8
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will the 18X8 with an offset of 35 with 225/40 RUB??????
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35 is the lowest offset you can go. Stock height you should be good..
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Which ones will handle better and look better on a stock 328IS???
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I think the 17's look just right. The 18's IMO are too large.
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Old 04-15-2005, 04:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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go as wide as you can with a staggered setup. that will look the best. i am going to get some new wheels pretty soon here and will get my fenders rolled so i can hopefully fit 255's on the back with 235's on the front.
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Old 04-15-2005, 05:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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get 17s if you like to drive hard and fast...18s are more for show i think....

both look good
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235 is to wide for a 7 inch rim, it's gonna fold.

235/40 on 17x7.5 would be my choise. (or 8 inch wide would be even better)
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I put the 18's "Z" rated P Zeros on a 96 328IS. From the stoc 16's the difference was incredible. I think they looked awesome and the performance improvement was way cool. Only problem with 18's is with sooooo little side wall it is important that you both look for a good rim guard on the tires and avoid holes in the road. As soon as I find a picture I will post it.
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I put the 18's "Z" rated P Zeros on a 96 328IS. From the stoc 16's the difference was incredible. I think they looked awesome and the performance improvement was way cool. Only problem with 18's is with sooooo little side wall it is important that you both look for a good rim guard on the tires and avoid holes in the road. As soon as I find a picture I will post it.
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Will the 18's rub with a stock suspension??
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18's wont rub if you get the right size tire, unless you go too wide on the rim/ tire combo.... and while its obvious to some of us...remember watever size rim you get, you compensate on tire size, so that the height of the whole wheel shouldnt change at all.

btw, in my opinion, 17s are the optimum setup. i run 17x7.5 on 225 tires in the front and 17x8.5 on 235's on the rear. and thats with upgraded/ lowered suspension. ive never had a problem with rubbing of any kind.
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A 7 inch wide wheel... can fit a 255... I've done it... 245 looks good in the rear... with a 225 in the front on the same size wheel....

As for the size of the wheel itself... 18s looks good... imo and 17s run good for a track set up.

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A 7 inch wide wheel... can fit a 255... I've done it... 245 looks good in the rear... with a 225 in the front on the same size wheel....

As for the size of the wheel itself... 18s looks good... imo and 17s run good for a track set up.

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OK, I think I'm going with the 17's. So, from all the above opinions and info I should go with a front 17x7 or 7.5 225/45 and rear 17x8 245/45 for that staggard look? So the rears will not rub with 245 on a stock rear suspension??? What if I lower the rear, would I then need to go to a rear 235 so not to rub or will a 245 with a lower suspension still be ok??? I do not want to roll fenders and I do not want to have to buy two new tires if I decide to lower it, ya know!! Thanks for everyones input. I will post pictures when I decide on the wheels.
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