View Full Version : 97 5series (e39?) 17'' wheels

07-01-2005, 01:24 PM
hey fells, im considering buying these wheels....but not quite sure if i can make them fit.

they are off a 97 5series (e39?) and are going on my 95 e36 318i.
the tire size is 235/45/17

the wheels are BBS 8jx17H2 (17X8) not sure on what kind of offset they have.
on my car they stick out from the fender a few cm's with about 3cms clearance (I have m3 springs and struts on there too). they look huge but are very cool.

will these go on if I 'Flair" the fenders? I'm pretty sure that just rolling them wont work 'cause they overhang out of the fenders.

how do you and what exactly is 'flaring' anyway?

tks for any advise or help.
ps. i hate my 15''ers!

07-01-2005, 01:35 PM
Those r my favorite BMW wheels but unfortunately wont fit the e36. i belive BMW made a special of set jst for the e36's. i dont know about fender flarin if it ll fit or not. Hope one of our wheels/tire gurus help u out on that..

Justin e36
07-01-2005, 04:24 PM
you can make them fit. those are +35 offset. I'm running 18's with a +35 offset, I'm lowered on m3 struts/shocks and eibach springs. I went super wide on the back with 255 rubber.. had to roll the fenders to fix rubbing though. Wide stance, thick rubber... actually looks OK.

07-01-2005, 06:43 PM

so having them overhang out of the fender is ok as far as clearance goes?
rolling the fenders will take care of that? somehow it seems to me like it won't.
can you explain a bit more Justin?

this car is a daily driver & I cant handle that rubbing.

thanks. :confused:

Justin e36
07-01-2005, 08:03 PM
it depends on how much you roll and what width the rims are really. I have 8.5" on the back with 255's... also depends on how much your car is dropped or how much wheel tuck you have. I put a few spacers in my rear springs.. rougher ride, but no rubbing.

07-02-2005, 08:21 AM
makes sense thanks.

07-02-2005, 04:33 PM
Gawd this place is SLOW (loading) *sad*


#2 are they style 5's? whats the ET # they should be ET20
stock E36 is ET 35 to 40 ? this is why they poke out.

235/40 whatever is not happening. try 215/40/17.
Also unless you lift the rear a bit it will rub horribly
even with no rear passengers.
Cutting flaring/pulling the rear quarters would be needed
to run them on your M3 suspension.
The coil overs i got helped with the rear, but i want to do more
just so i can slam it down in the rear.

also the Center bores are different. E36 is 72.5mm E39 is 74mm..
Oh & the wheels being as wide as they are & out so much
if you have any worn front end suspenion components you'll
know it right away! :P

07-02-2005, 08:35 PM
yeah, i think there ET20. .... IS 20 make any sense?

i checked that thread, good advise. thanks a ton.

07-04-2005, 01:57 PM
My God That Looks Amazing!