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what is the largest wheel diameter that can fit on an 93 E36 and what is the largest width of the wheels and tire size?
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With tires: 19"
Without tires: 20"


I'm kidding. I'm only 98% sure that 20" is too large. In all my tire surfing I've never seen a 20" rim for a BMW.

Speaking of wheels and tires, anyone know where I can order some Toyo Proxes T1-S 225/50ZR16s ???

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20's on an e36 is crazy, I went with 19's and noticed a-lot of difference in acceleration etc compared to my 17's I had before...Putting 20's on an e36 is kind of taking it a little too far. I know others on here agree with me. Hey if they fit and you are going for looks and no performace, go for it, but if you want to blend looks and performance I would go with an 18 inch wheel...I am not sure on this but I believe you can fit up to a 255 on the rear, 235 on the front, maybe 265 rear but that would be pushing it, passengers in the rear may make the tires scrub going that wide...

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I'm running 235/35/19s in the front and 235/45/19s in the rear. When I get the car fully loaded on the freeway, it rubs in the back. I definitely think 20s would be too large for this car. If I didn't already have 19s I would go with a 17 or 18" rim. But definitely 19s are the max.

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Yes. There is no question that 19's are the limit. I have yet to find 20" rims for a bimmer. I could almost guarantee a rub on the back wells. 19 is pushing it, so I went for the 18's. You can still find some pretty sweet looking 19's, just make sure, like scarface said, that you aren't going to be racing that puppy around because 20's will get you 2nd place.

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