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Old 03-12-2004, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I have a 318i 1994 with 17x8 after market rims The tires rub pretty bad does anybody know what i can do to stop this. and how do i know if i have a sport package rear.. Thanks Jamie
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welcome jamie

you may need to roll your fenders or your offset is too low.

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hey jamie,

i have the same problem with ya when i fitted aftermarket rims.. mines on 17 too.. it rubs badly if i slam down my car with lowering springs.. now i'm on stock springs at the rear and progressive B+G springs on the front..

i've rolled my fenders and its still the same..

if the offset is too low, can i do anything to it?
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spacers will work... I roll 19's lowered on H&R coilovers and I never rubbed or bottomed out... definitely need the fenders to be rolled though..
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mind my innocence.. how does spacers help??..
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Wouldn't adding wheel spacers make the tires rub more? I think he means they are rubbing against the fender, not the wheel well.

What tire sizes are you guys using? I have 225/45/17 1.5" front and 1.0" rear and they have never rubbed. Let us know the offset of your wheels. I think E36 should be 35, but lots of aftermarket companies make them 40.

You will have to have the fenders rolled. When you do this make sure they don't cut or grind the fenders! They should have a proper rolling tool. Ask them to apply some greese between the metal gap inside the fender for rust protection.

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Hey thanks for getting back to me on the rubbing issue on my 318i, The tires I have on the car are 235/40/R17 and the offset is 47 mm on the rim mostly the rear rubs especially when i have passengers if anybody can help i would greatly appreciate it.
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I use 245 35 ZR19"s
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What are the largest wheel/tire sizes that fit the e36 coupes? I have a 92 325is, and rims are definitely on my list.

I've heard up to 18x8.5" around here already. What size tires would fit best on those?
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I've rolled my fenders, and using 225/45/17 and they are still scrubbing at the rear. I do not know why!!!!

Main problem is, i cant check my offset because the rims has been resprayed before.. dang~!!
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