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Old 04-12-2011, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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92 525i wheel compatibilty...

Does anyone know if the 16" wheels off a Z3 will fit a 92 525i? Also, how the hell do you get the wheel covers off the 525i!?!?!

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Old 04-16-2011, 04:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jim, here's a good link which shows the wheel compatibility for the E34
BMW E34 Website
It explains what you need to look for. As for your other question, how to remove the wheel cover, I wasn't aware of BMW's having Wheel Covers, just solid wheels, however, there may be some I have not seen. Can you show a picture so we can see which wheel (cover) you have?
Here's another link that shows all BMW OEM wheels.
Felgen-Katalog - BMW-Treff - der Treffpunkt für alle BMW-Fans und -Fahrer It's a German site, so makes it hard to understand but the pictures of the wheels is worth a 1000 words....
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Jim, I just thought about your question again & I may have misunderstood. If you are referring to the "center cap" cover that covers the wheel lugs, there should be a special socket like tool that is on top of the spare retaining threaded rod that will fit the wheel cover so you can "twist/turn" the cover & it will pop off. hope this helps.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, thankyou...i actually figured it out, being that this is my first beemer i was gingerly trying to pry the wheel covers off...got it now thanks. With regard to the wheel compatibility, I'm getting mixed opinions...some say that z3 wheels are not compatible, others say that they are, with use of a spacer. Any thoughts?

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Jim, I am not a fond supporter of spacers, which change the offset. With that said, I have used HUB CENTRIC RINGS successfully, which is needed on the E34 if you use wheels from the E39 5 series, as the later ones have a larger hub dia. I have staid away from the 3 series wheels on the E34's, as advised on the BMWE34.net site. Just my 2 cents
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Thanks again for your advice...thank god for beemer forums and enthusiasts!
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