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Old 09-06-2004, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got a 1998 328i with 15" wheels. I've since been looking around e-bay to get some 17", maybe some 16". I was wondering if anyone has done this change and what the offset should be for the different widths. Thanks. Any other suggestions are also much appreciated.
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Old 09-06-2004, 10:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice car bro, looks clean. Im with you as well, looking for 17's. I hate the look of my 15's. Trying to pick up the M3 Double Spokes, they look sick!!
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I bought mine on ebay. I also changed from 15s to 17s. it was very easy and cheaper than most other places i looked.
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Old 09-06-2004, 10:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dude, just responded to you on the tinting subject. Where are you looking to get wheels. e-bay looks like some good deals
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Old 09-06-2004, 10:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Steinkek, tell me what you got. I'm getting myself all confuzzed with the offset thing
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Old 09-06-2004, 10:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 09-06-2004, 11:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ebay is the best place for rims... i think thats all its good for!! lol good luck... you'll have no problem getting 17" wheels on your car... even 18" is good... any higher and its gunna rub!
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Old 09-06-2004, 11:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks Cruzin, I'm liking these
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Old 09-06-2004, 11:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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nice looking wheels.. right off the e46.. good choice... i like them... u could find better though!!
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Old 09-06-2004, 11:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm still looking, I've got 7 different sets on my watch list. So you think e46 wheels will fit on my e36?
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Originally posted by fredo 328@Sep 6 2004, 11:04 PM
Just got a 1998 328i with 15" wheels. I've since been looking around e-bay to get some 17", maybe some 16". I was wondering if anyone has done this change and what the offset should be for the different widths. Thanks. Any other suggestions are also much appreciated.
I did it for my 1995 318i (see pics below). All OEM E36 or E46 series will take the same rims. Some 5 series 17" rims will fit as them as well.

I got 16 inch rondells brand new off a 2002 Z3 car with tires already on the rims from an Ebay seller for 430$ and shipping from CA to NY was 169$.
I found the tire/wheel package is a MUCH more cost efficient buy than just the rims.

Like you I initially wanted 17" rims but bigger rims take away from the E36 sedan's appearance by making the car seem smaller and mousy. 17" and 18" look way better on E36 COUPES and all E46 cars only. My neighbor has 18" chrome aftermarket spinners on his E36 sedan and it looks totally absurd-especially with the baby seat in the back.
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i got my 17's from www.thewheelexchange.com. they also hav a buncha auctions on ebay
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Another picture here. They make a big difference in appearance. I was also looking at the wheelexchange.com dealers on ebay as well. I initially wanted to get the italia wind lights 17 inch from them for E36 sedan. But they were $995 with Toyo tires- which for me is too much for aftermarket non OEMs when I'm looking to get other mods for my ride at the same time. My research led me to find that the wheelexchange had the best and most diverse stock for BMW rims and they seem trustworthy so I would go with them if you got the dough.
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First of all, welcome to the board, Fredo.

I live in Richmond, also, and have tried shopping a few stores in the area for wheels...It seems eBay has much better deals, as you would expect, but sometimes you can find a good used set without worrying about having them shipped through someone online. I have found the set I'll likely end up with (on these forums, at that), but I thought I'd suggest checking a couple of places in town, as well. If you live close enough to the west end, especially along the beginning of it (5-6000 block of Broad) there are two shops that are better than most.

Again, welcome to the forums. If you need anything in town sometime in the way of car help (what bits I can offer anyway...hehe), drop me a PM.
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Here are the rims I wanted and the best example I'veseen of what 17 inchers look like on a E36 Sedan.
They're actually called "sport winds" not "wind lights"- My bad.

This pic are from Wheel Exchange, you'll see them on ebay as well.
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