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#1 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 10:37 PM
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I've read in this folder several times that the needed is 36mm, what would happen if you went with a 46mm instead?
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it would stick out

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I wonder if 10mm is enough to cause a problem? I dented the shit out of three of my rims, so I need four new ones. I found a guy on ebay selling fatory replica rims for an e36 and 346 at a decent price. He had a couple 1000 positive feed backs, so I trust his quality.
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Ok, so it would stick out (by 1cm, I suppose), but I might find that acceptable. More importantly, is that seemingly tiny difference going to allow the wheel to turn in its well without any rub (how much margin does one have)? Is that seemingly tiny distance going to affect the handling or any other suspension factor? The difference seems negligible to me, but I've been surprised by that type of stuff here before.

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ya, I agree with you, 10mm is nothing. I'm really nervous to spend the money to find out the hard way. I was hoping there would be someone in here that was using a 46mm offset.
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BTW, some related questions are being raised here, in the FAQs, too, so anyone involved with this thread may wish to do some thread multi-tracking/cross-posting/answer-migrating/whatever to stay on top of things.

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I found this site that says an E36 with 16 has a 46mm offset, not 36mm.

can any verify this?

http://www.firstfives.org/offsets.html
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im running 17x8.5 rims with a 40mm offset. ive had absolutely no problems with rubbing. dont kno if that helps you at all though
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I have four dented rims, so I am in much need of new ones, but don't have much cash. I was looking at these, but they have a 46mm offset. I was hoping someone in this folder was riding around on some.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...&category=43956
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46mm will fit and won't be an issue for those wheels. If they were wider, then you would have issues.

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Thanks for the help guys. I feel better about ordering them now!
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