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Old 03-20-2005, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I have got a problem with my 328i sport coupe that i have been trying to sort out for a while without any joy!

basically about 4 months ago i bought a set of BMW Evo 2 Alloys I purchased the 17" version of these to avoid any rubbing on the wheel arches. I wrapped them in 225/45/17 tyres. These wheels are 8 inches wide and what with them only being 17's i didn't anticipate any problems. How wrong was I!! The rear wheel on the drivers side rubs pretty much all the time!! but especially when i go over any sleeping policemen or if i have any passengers in the back. From what i can see looking round the forums these wheels should be well within any size restrictions on a E36 which is also proved by the fact that i have no problem with the passenger side rear wheel. I have had all the wheel alignment checked toe and camber yet the same problem remains i've even tried replacing the shocks and springs but i don't seem to be any closer to a solution bar having the arches rolled which i don't really think i should need to have that done with this size of wheel! If anyone has any suggestions on how to resolve this i'd really appreciate it as i'm starting to go slightly mad now!! ghead

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I don't see anything wrong with your setup. The only thing you didn't tell us was your rims offset.

How much have you lowered it in the back?
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Dan,

Have you been back to Leigh tyres? They have always been excellent with anything there!
Are they wheels OEM or replicas (I suspect they are) and if so as above you need to check the offset, I have a set of exactly the same dimensions but 7.5" BMW OEM wheels and have absolutely no probels at all, in fact at the rear it looks like I could fit 20mm wider tyres easily!

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Hi thanks for the replies the wheels have ET 39 printed on them so the offset is 39 which i thought would be ok! I didn't actually buy the wheels from leigh tyres i got them from else where i just used that to show people what wheels i had! haha

As far as i am aware it's not been lowered at the back at all apart from factory lowering due to the MTEC suspension
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Hi thanks for the replies the wheels have ET 39 printed on them so the offset is 39 which i thought would be ok! I didn't actually buy the wheels from leigh tyres i got them from else where i just used that to show people what wheels i had! haha

As far as i am aware it's not been lowered at the back at all apart from factory lowering due to the MTEC suspension
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do you have your old wheels? Check the ET on them.
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Yeah i looked but i can't see any ET number on there! They are the old BBS split rims so they are 8.5 inches on the rear ones but i can't see any offset numbers!
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I think.......repeat think......mine have a 40mm offset I believe, or there abouts........so yours would be about 5 or 6mm closer inboard than mine, I would'nt have thought it would make that much difference, usually there has to be clearance on the standard wheels for snowchains in europe, unless otherwise stated in the handbook.

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are they replica's???.. or are them oem! if they are oem, then the offset is wrong!
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To be honest mate i really don't know if they are oem or replica's!! I would assume they are replica's but is there any way i could tell by looking at the wheel?
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