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E60 Wheels on e39

A buddy of mine bought a set of 18' e60 wheel and tire. We tried to put it on tonight and found out the hubs on the e60 wheels are smaller: . Should he just sell the wheels or is there someone out there that can hone the center hubs to fit the e39. Is there an adpter available??????
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I'm not the expert on this, but there are two possibilities:
If the hubs on the wheels are smaller than on the car, then you will need to find a machine shop willing to bore out the hubs on your wheels. I've not tried it myself, but I've read that it's a very risky operation that most shops won't do. Maybe you could try a wheel restoration company? I think the drawback to either of these options is you could spend more money than is worth it.

If the wheel hubs are larger than the car's hubs, then you will need adapter rings. I've found them at Summit Racing in many different sizes, but the problem is that you need to know the inside diameter of the wheel hubs to the nearest hundredth or thousandth of an inch, and likewise for the O.D. of the car's hubs. The good news here is that the adapter rings are relatively cheap - about $4.

Good luck to you, but I believe the best solution is to get wheels that fit the car to begin with. Welcome to the wonderful world of the persnickety E39....

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Not on my car, but I had asked about doing this on another car. Eric is right, most machine shops wont do this, mainly becasue of the liability. If that wheel was designed (for strength) to have the meat on the inside of the wheel there, removing that would weaken the wheel. Plus the chance of unbalancing the wheel would come into play as well.



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Thanks for the advices. we might just keep the tires and sell the wheels
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