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Old 04-06-2004, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi thanks for readin this. I got a 96 328i and I recently purchased 01 M3 wheels that are 18"s and 9 inches wide. Someone told me that they offset is different so they MIGHT not fit. So I took off my wheel and put my 18" on too see. There was about half an inch from the inside edge of the rim to the shock. Is that normal? WIll tires fit? If so what size? THanks for all your help. Ron
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Does the outside of the wheel match up to the fender or is it sunk in? It sounds a little close to me but it might work.
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lol i made 3 by mistake, when i clicked it didnt do anything so i did it again, sry, but it seemed to match the outside of the fender fine.
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Does anyone know if tires will fit?
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Old 04-07-2004, 11:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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ok, there could be problems. for one, the rim might be sticking out the fender which is gonna cause you serious headache. two the inside of the rim might limit your turning radius, if you ever lower your car, your gonna get into serious trouble. if i were you i would roll my fenders and make sure you get some tires that match up properly to give you close if not to the overall diameter. (remember thinner is better in this case)
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yea...hmmm i didnt notice the rim sticking out of the fender when it was on, casue if it was noticable i def would of noticed it. but im not gonna get it lowered, what tire size should i run? NOw i went to that RogueEngineering website and they sell wheels spacers for 10mm. I dont want to put wheel spacers on as my wheels probally would stick out then but would that work? Also with that amount of room in the picture do you think a tire would fit without rubbing against the shock? ANYONE??
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I think you'll be okay. I ahve a 97 318i and i put those same rims on my car with ZERO problems. They look aewsome. Mine aare 225/35/19. No fender roll and no other modifications. Peice of cake.
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I think you'll be okay. I ahve a 97 318i and i put those same rims on my car with ZERO problems. They look aewsome. Mine aare 225/35/19. No fender roll and no other modifications. Peice of cake.
225 is probably your safest bet.
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When the wheel just touch a suspension part, it's not ok.......
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so what do you think? do u think there is enoug room to install my 18x9 rim with a tire? will the space change when i let it down from the jack? WHO has 18's on there 328i???????????????????
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I have a 1997 328i and as far as estimating wether or not there would be enough space in the wheel well area for 18s: I have 16s and would be reluctant to go 17s. I would bet next week's salary that 18s would not fit. Of course I am only guessing by the estimated 1 - 1.5 inches of space between the tire and back of the wheel well which I currently have.

By the lack of response, I would also guess that no one [who reads this forum] has ever put 18s on an E36 328i.

My newbie BMW expierence would suggest no on that idea.

[edit]Of course it is also very highly dependant on the style of tyres you get.

[edit] I just looked on my tyre information badge and the only larger tyre it accounts for is the 245 - 40 - 17. i.e. low profile tyre with 17" rim. Therefore, I wouldn't expect anything on an 18" rim to fit on my car [without modifications.]
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First off i don't know if 18"s will work..

But there are several factors to consider. If you have oem springs you might considier replacing with firmer ones. Also you will need to purchase a very low profile tire (no MORE than a 40 series). Also as far as wheel spacers go, this will solve one problem and introduce anoter. If you roll your fenders and add spacers and have firmer springs i'm sure it would all work out. I have 17's set up properly and have plenty of room, and that is where i base the likelyhood that 18's would work. I know all this has been mentioned but if your in this dilema i'm sure as much feedback as possible will help govern your decision.
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