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Old 04-11-2004, 02:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a 2003 330i with the sport package. I bought the 19 inch M3 rims to replace the standard 17's without thinking first and they ended up rubbing like crazy. Anyone know if the 18 inchers (style 135m) on the new performance package will be a smooth ride or should I just stick with what I have? Thanks.
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how exactly are the wheels rubbing, are they rubbing on the upper portion of the rear wheel wells, or are they rubbing on the front when you turn? i have heard that on the e36 models the m3s have the rear wheel wells factory rolled so that they can fit larger wheels, so i figure that this would be the same with the e46 m3s. on the idea of 18 inch rims im pretty sure that they won't rub at all. no matter what you go with the 18 inch rims will be a smoother ride because you have more tire to cushion bumps and imperfections in the road than the 19 inch rims do.
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umm 18" smoother ride? used 18's will rub, but only when you hit a freeway dip at 90mph. Also they aren't what i'd call cushiony. Road noise is increased and unless you are gonna get 50 series 18 inch tires (which is like suv style) you're gonna feel dem bumps. Better then 19's though...



Could your 19" M's work if you had spacers? or is it just plain not gonna happen. I see a couple 330's around here that have 18" m3 rims, and I was gonna try for 19's. Are you selling them?
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Could your 19" M's work if you had spacers? or is it just plain not gonna happen. I see a couple 330's around here that have 18" m3 rims, and I was gonna try for 19's. Are you selling them?
I thought about getting spacers but even that option wouldn't have solved the problem. Any time I drove with someone in the back they would rub on the tiniest bump. Even though the new performance package comes with 18'', bmw.com says that the aerodynamic style is different from the aerodynamic style that came with my sport package...so I just wanted to make sure that the rims would be relatively rub-free with my car befor I buy them. I was able to sell the 19'' pretty quickly though and I got most of what I paid back, sorry
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