I have a 98 E36 sedan. I have 18" ASA AR1 rims. I have 8" wide in the front and 8.5" in the rear. With 8" wide wheels you have to roll your front fenders if you lower the car. I'mf you don't the rubbing will eventually chip your paint. The rears I have no issues with.
Hey man I appreciate the quick response. That helps big time. My car isn't lowered as of right now so that's definitely something to think about. I'll probably end up going 8.5" all around so I can rotate the tires.
I Definitley advocate for keeping the wheels "squared". Better for handling and performance. If you click the link in my signature and scroll down to the pic of the car with the black wheels that's how it looks at factory ride height. I took those pics before it was lowered. It'll give you an idea of what it looks like. Then imaging the fender sitting where the upper edge of the tire is and that's how it looks lowered. It cleans up the wheel gap.
Love the colour of your car, looks sharp. I think I will end up going 18 8.5"...I doubt I'll be lowering it unless the price is right. So by squared you mean same rim diameter (18") all around? I don't think I would ever stagger with different rim sizes in the front and rear. I guess my final question is if I were to go 18" 8.5" for the whole car, would the 225/40r18 be sufficient? I find that my Falken's at 215/45R/17 look too thick, like not enough like a low pro. The one's on the front of your car in the later pictures look good. Are those the ones?
I'm not sure if 8.5" wide will fit on the front. When you look at it it's actually pretty wide. 8" would be best. Squaring them means same width all around. The front tires are actually taller then the rears. You don't want to go to low profile or it affects drivability. I like the height of my tires and wouldn't go any lower.
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