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Old 12-29-2004, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey 5 series dudes. will your rims fit on my e36? if so, will they stick out like a lowrider car??? reason i'm asking is because my buddy has a spare set of 18" rims and he's giving them to me. please help!
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hey 5 series dudes. will your rims fit on my e36? if so, will they stick out like a lowrider car??? reason i'm asking is because my buddy has a spare set of 18" rims and he's giving them to me. please help!
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If you are talking about an e39 5er (1996-2003) unfortunately they will not just drop straight onto an e36 as the centerbore is larger on the 5er and I think the off set is different - though you may be able to get center rings (hubcentric) to allow fitment. However, If you are referring to an e34 5er, then they may fit straight on (the e34 also has a smaller center bore than the e39).

The things you will need to find out are:

The center bore size
The stud pattern
And the Offset

of the car they are coming off and your e36.


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e39 = 5x120 stud pattern 18..20mm offset 74mm center bore.
e34 = 5x120 stud pattern 18..20mm offset 72.5mm center bore.
e36 = 5x120 stud pattern 35..42mm offset 72.5mm center bore.

So basically wheels from a 5er will not fit an e36 (properly anyway).

wheels which are interchangeable are as follows e36, e46 and z3.

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thanks alot dude! great info. as for the rims they are off of an e34, what do you think?
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thanks alot dude! great info. as for the rims they are off of an e34, what do you think?
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Same center and stud pattern so theoretically they should fit BUT with such a drastic offset difference they will either scrub on the inside or sit outside the wheel arches (not sure which as I havent found out if bmw is positive or negative offset).

Personally I wouldn't bother. Sell them and put the cash towards a decent set of replicas, there's much more choice for the e36 anyway..
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would you be interested in the rims? they are 18x8.5 w/235/40/18 tires. the rims are 5 spoke with a 2 inch lip with rivets around the rims. they look really good. i'm not sure but they might be hammans. used
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