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Old 09-17-2004, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm shopping around 18" wheels for 2004 325i (no sports package) and wonder what specs I should be looking if I'm interested 3rd party wheels.
What are the proper bolt pattern (e.g. 5 rugs/120 mm), offset, center bore, maximum allowed width (8.5" or 9"?) etc.?
And what each number stands for in e.g. 225/45/18 (I guess I know 18)?

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Old 09-20-2004, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey,

You want 5 x 120, offsets can vary, as a variety will fit, but obviously some won't. Best thing you can do probably check out tirerack.com or if you want to spend less money something like wheelmax.com or spyengineering.com. They will allow you to match up wheels that only fit your car. the 18ich is obvious, 225 is the width, 40, 45, 35 etc. is bascially how "tall" the tire is.

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Old 09-22-2004, 02:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for input, dave.

another question: do all M3 wheels can be used for 325 sedan?
some of M3 wheels is pretty side (up to 9.5) and their bolt pattern seems 5 x 102 rather than 5 x 120.

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No, there are many wheels that are M3 specific, and they will not fit a standard e46 due to the offset. Your option then in that case (if you want M3 wheels) is to look at replicas. And there are some very good ones abailible. Otherwise stick to the advice I gave you earlier
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little confused here. ghead
is offset only reason why some M3 wheels do not fit 325i?
what's acceptable offset ranges? i saw some staggered config having different offset (26 and 47), but the seller said they fit 325i. both of these offset are ok?
how important the bolt pattern? 5/102 cannot be used for E46?
how come some M3 wheels have 5/102 and others have 5/120?
and how come they can say a wheel can fit both M3 and 325i?

sorry for bothering. i really want to get 18 inch wheels but these spec things never come clear...
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Old 09-23-2004, 12:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i also saw ad for a replica M3 wheel (style #135) describing the fitment as:

BMW M3 01-04
BMW M3 (E36) 94-00
BMW M ROADSTER, COUPE 98-02
BMW M5 00-03
BMW 318, 323, 328 (E36) 92-00
BMW 325 Ci, i, iT, Xi, 01-04
BMW 330 Ci, i, Xi, 01-04

is that means wheels can be interchangebly used for M3 01-04 and 325i 01-04? This wheel has 5/120 bolt pattern and offset ET47.
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I was wondering the same thing with the M3 wheels fitting on my girlfriend's 02 325Ci. Where might I find these replica wheels? I like the look of the wider wheel in the back with the bigger lip than the one on the front.
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i found that for staggered config (wider rear wheel than front), up to 18 x 9 are ok for non-M3 E46, but not sure if 18 x 9.5 is ok.
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As I understand it ( I could be wrong), it is the offsets that don't allow OEM m3 wheels fit. And even that can get a little wierd, because I have heard that it just refers the rear specific rims (i.e. wider), so I'm not sure. the 5 x 120 pattern should be the standard. As to where to get good replicas from , check out wheelexchange.com (they have an ebay store) there stuff is probably the best I've seen. The above mentioned websites wheelmax, and spyengineering also sell good replicas. But wheelexchange has the best oem style replicas for very good prices, and correct fitment. If you are set on the stock M3 rims, call your local dealer, and ask them just to be sure. But don't bank on it. Good luck
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I finanlly got 18" OEM M3 wheels style #67 (really great deal from e-bay) with staggered config 18 x8 and 18 x 9. Comparing with my friend's style #135 wheels (standard for ZHP), I would say these wheels are the best looking (both are 20 spokes style but #67 looks more muscular).

I once bought the same style replica from a local scumbag which I returned next day. Certainly the OEM wheels are much lighter, so I strongly recommend to go for OEM wheels (well, maybe depends who made the replica, though)/

I wonder what kind of finish they have.
I found that the finish varies year to year (2005 model is satin chrome).
Mines were taken from 2003 M3 and looks like silver paint finish (not sure though).
Anyone has idea?
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http://www.1000wheels.com/cgi-bin/Web_stor...ile=wheel.setup

Much better deal than OEM...Replica Rims are the way to go!
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Everytime I install new wheels/tire, do I have to do balance, wheel aligment and ordormeter recalibration?
I upgraded from stock 16 x 7 wheels to staggered wheels (18 x 8, 18 x 9).
The tires came installed on the wheel already and the seller said they were balanced out.

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Here's a little info page I found regarding wheel sizes for all BMWs

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So just to confirm...

My 330Ci can put on syle #67 M3 wheels on the rear? (9in width) I have 8.5 X 17" on right now. I know Bavarian Auto does not offer/recommend the 9" off set for regular 3's.

I jsut wnat to make sure because I just got a used set of OEM #67 wheels with tires on eBay ($900). So before I screw up my car I would liek to know if anyone knows sure.

I agree that the style #67 (aka Evolutions, M Double Spokes) are teh best looking wheel styles that BMW makes. The color is called Shadow Metallic for those who care.

Edit: I just got back from the dealership. I asked them the same question. The wheel itself is not so much the issue as the size of the tire that you put on it. To find the recommended tire sizes for your vehicle you have to look inside teh drivers door at the panel. An M3 has 225/45 R18 on the front and 255/40 R18 on the rear. This presents no issues in the front, but in the back the aspect ratio is too high. The recommended rear aspect ratio is 35 not 40. In other words I will have to get new rear tires on the wheels, but I can use the wheels. Of course I did not get that guarantee in writing.
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Old 10-11-2004, 05:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Dionikes@Oct 8 2004, 12:00 PM
So just to confirm...

My 330Ci can put on syle #67 M3 wheels on the rear?* (9in width)* I have 8.5 X 17" on right now.* I know Bavarian Auto does not offer/recommend the 9" off set for regular 3's.

I jsut wnat to make sure because I just got a used set of OEM #67 wheels with tires on eBay ($900).* So before I screw up my car I would liek to know if anyone knows sure.
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Right. Unless you have a Performance package in your 330, the rear wheels protrude a little bit, and will cause rubbing problem if you use M3 stock tires (also need to recalibrate odor/speedormeter).
So you have to (and I had to) change the rear tires to lower profile ones, such as 255/35/18 (Performance package standard standard) or 245/35/18 (Tirerack.com recommendation but harder to find in markets) to secure enough clearance. It seems that upto 18x9.5 wheels are ok for std E46 as long as low profile tires are used.
Yeah, style #67 with satin chrome finish are the best wheels ever created for bimmer!!!
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