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Old 07-22-2005, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 96 318is and was wondering where i might find the bolt patterns or measurements or whatever it is i need so i can make sure i order rims that will fit my car!!!

i am also thinking about upgrading to a larger rim, right now i have the 15 inch but i was entertaining thoughts of going to a 17 or maybe even 18 inch. if i dont get bmw brand rims i'll need the measurements/bolt patterns or whatever--- right??

also; will this change in wheels affect my speedometer or have any other on my cars performance?

right now the only reason i want to do it is because it will look cool
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5 x 120 bolt pattern, 38mm offset. Your offset can differ by a few mm, but ultimately you need to make sure that the brake calipers don't hit the rim. 17 's or 18's will work, your tires should obviously be low profile.

Changing wheel/tire size affects a lot of things: suspension handling, speedometer, and braking. In general, a lower profile tire will stiffen up your suspension, but a harsher ride as far as bumps go. And the heavier/bigger the wheels, the more braking power is needed to stop the car. Speedometer accuracy is a function of the wheel diameter. To calculate this, go to:
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ya like dudesky said... 120 x 5 will work.. u should really go to like tire rack. or somthing of that sort.. and put in the specs of your car.. and it will tell u which rims will fit your car...
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that kinda sucks i had a post on here not long ago complaining about bumps and a rough ride
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what is this 7 x 15 thing? is that just the wheel ive got on it right now?
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Yea, that's the stock rim. 7" wide, 15" diameter.
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alright.

i might survive purchasing new wheels.
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