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Old 05-10-2005, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Please help me with this, I want to get new wheels ASAP. I need to know if 18x8 and 40 offset would fit my 1993 325i with stock suspension without rubbing or having to get any spacers or anything. And what tires do you guys recommend that arent too pricey? Thanks
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They will fit without a spacer, as for rubbing with 18s they might. That is hard to tell until you get them on there.

Here is a link that someone else posted in another post recently

http://www.gbnetwork.co.uk/bmw/wheels/
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lol thanks but I already looked at that, what do I do if they rub? I mean im not trying to get like 255 tires, I just want something like 235 fronts and 235 or 245 rears.
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I went with 17's because I was worried about rubbing and they are supposed to be the better size for performance. 18 look a little nicer but once they are on the car it is hard to tell unless they are next to each other.

If they rub you can roll out your fender or buy different wheels. Do some searching or wait for someone with 18s that rubbed on them to tell you what to do specifically.

Also it matters what size tire you get in thickness not just width. For instance my tires are BMW optional size on my door sill 235/40/17, if you are getting 18s you will probably need something like 235/30/18 235/35/18 you need to get a smaller tire to account for that extra inch of wheel. This can equal a rougher ride and easier to bend the rim because of less rubber to protect it.
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Do you mind explaining to me what fender rolling is? I never had these problems with any of my cars before. LOL and if I was to get it done by a shop, how much should I be looking at?
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fender rolling is physically rolling out your fender for more clearance. I have never done it or had it done(again I bought 17s for that reason) so I don't know how much it would cost to do.

There are alot of people here with 18s on.
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wow, well thanks for your help, I really needed it.
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I have 9 inch wide 18" rims in the rear (245/40 -18 tires, to big). The fenders are not rolled and they don't rub, so with proper ET you shouldn't have any problem.

The M3's need higher ET so unfortunately I can't say either yay nor nay about ET 40.
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