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Old 09-17-2007, 10:10 PM   #511
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first off, chrome rims are teh ghey,

2nd the offset is too high,

for these to work you'd need run 15 mm spacers/ longer lugs. No body work would be needed.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:29 PM   #512
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Thanks for the tips Chris!

I'm planning on doing a bunch of track days, so I guess that the option of 15mm spacers is probably not a good idea, right? I mean, the whole wheel is probably not as stable when you prop it up on the spacers. Do you have any thoughts about this? Are spacers generally not recommended if you're going to be pushing the car hard into corners?

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Old 09-18-2007, 08:09 AM   #513
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I know of alot of people running spacers on track cars. Just make sure they are hubcentric. As long as you have the proper longer lugs or maybe a stud conversion you should be fine.
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:08 PM   #514
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Someone is advertising some 17in rims for an E30, but I'm not sure if they'll fit my car ('91 E30 318is).

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95200

If you check

http://www.bigwheels.net/?location=w...30,%204%20lugs)

the details are: 17x7.5, 4x100, offset: 45.

Is there any way that a 45 offset could fit a stock E30 without having to do some major bodywork?
For those to look good you'd want at least 20mm spacers. And umm...those wheels are worth roughly half the asking price. Just saying.

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Old 09-18-2007, 05:12 PM   #515
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Thanks Jay, I actually found them brand new for half the price...

BTW, does anyone know of any good place to buy either good used 16" or new rims for my '91 318is?
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:09 PM   #516
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Well, I got those 205/60R14's to fit on my bottlecaps. But I'm thinking I want to go with some 16 inch wheels and the biggest stickiest (non-r compound) rubber I can find that will fit without spacers or fender rolling.

My E30 has got H+R springs and Bilstein Sport shocks (SpecE30 suspension). What 16 inch wheel size could I fit at what offset? What (light and cheap) wheels will fit the bill without spacers? Where do I get em? And what size tires (wider is better) will fit?

Wow, that's a lot of questions. Any suggestions guys?

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Old 10-09-2007, 05:21 PM   #517
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Well, I got those 205/60R14's to fit on my bottlecaps. But I'm thinking I want to go with some 16 inch wheels and the biggest stickiest (non-r compound) rubber I can find that will fit without spacers or fender rolling.

My E30 has got H+R springs and Bilstein Sport shocks (SpecE30 suspension). What 16 inch wheel size could I fit at what offset? What (light and cheap) wheels will fit the bill without spacers? Where do I get em? And what size tires (wider is better) will fit?

Wow, that's a lot of questions. Any suggestions guys?

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Fastest 16" street setup without any fender mods and spacers:

16x8 Rota Slipstreams, custom ordered in ET20 57.1mm CB. 18racing.com is the sole supplier of these. No spacers, no rings, not very heavy (17.x lbs), wide.

215/45/16 Falken RT-615. Absolute fastest street tire currently out. Yokohama Neova is very very close, but the RT-615 is still champion. Worst case scenario a very light roll on the rear quarters.

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Old 10-09-2007, 06:08 PM   #518
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Thanks man! What a fast thorough answer! I'm looking at some Team Dynamics Racing wheels like on bimmerworld.com's website but 16x7 25mm offset (they have them, just not listed). Would that fit those tires (azenis 615 215/45R16) without rubbing?

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Old 10-09-2007, 06:17 PM   #519
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Yep, those would be my second choice. I prefer the Rotas because of the extra width, but the Team Dynamics are even lighter IIRC. You would definitely not need any fender work with those.

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Old 10-09-2007, 06:45 PM   #520
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Cool. Thanks Mystikal, I think that's all I need to know.

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Old 10-11-2007, 08:49 AM   #521
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just kidding. I"m currently running those rotas on 615's and the 615's were far more grippy than when i ran my gay 225/45 nexens. Plus the 225/45 rubbed alot.

The Rotas ended up costing me about $600 CND shipped to my door. So its fairly cheap and pretty light. On the shipping order it said it weighed 15.5 lbs.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:08 PM   #522
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Hello Everybody!
I am looking to upgrade my stock bottlecaps (with motomaster tires!) on my '89 325i. I've slowly been getting edumucated on the whole rim thing, like probably ? not a good idea to go for that $1500 set of ADR 17s with tires, due to general crappiness.

Right now I am considering the 16' enkei rf-1. Almost local for 500 dollars with 2 tires. From the Ad: 4X100, 4X114.3. I believe they have a plus 38 offset, and the size is 16X7JJ. 2 tires NEED to be replaced before putting them on a vehicle. The tires on there right now are 205/45R16.

Could I fit 215 tires on there?
Would I need spacers (and how much are spacers)?
weight is 16.5, this is fairly light right??
anything wrong with buying used wheels?
Quality of Enkei, suitable for auto-x?
What do you guys think of that wheel, on an E30?
Does lowering make a difference? I am planning on changing out the stock springs for H&R sports or eibach , just haven't decided yet.
Thanks!!! I know that's a crapload of questions.

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http://www.spportcarbr.net/aces/enkei/tn_rf1_jpg.jpg

PS. Would really like a set of Alpina wheels, but I sadly dont have that kind of money. trying to keep the whole thing under 1700.

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Old 10-12-2007, 03:15 PM   #523
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Hello Everybody!
I am looking to upgrade my stock bottlecaps (with motomaster tires!) on my '89 325i. I've slowly been getting edumucated on the whole rim thing, like probably ? not a good idea to go for that $1500 set of ADR 17s with tires, due to general crappiness.

Right now I am considering the 16' enkei rf-1. Almost local for 500 dollars with 2 tires. From the Ad: 4X100, 4X114.3. I believe they have a plus 38 offset, and the size is 16X7JJ. 2 tires NEED to be replaced before putting them on a vehicle. The tires on there right now are 205/45R16.

Could I fit 215 tires on there?
Would I need spacers (and how much are spacers)?
weight is 16.5, this is fairly light right??
anything wrong with buying used wheels?
Quality of Enkei, suitable for auto-x?
What do you guys think of that wheel, on an E30?
Does lowering make a difference? I am planning on changing out the stock springs for H&R sports or eibach , just haven't decided yet.
Thanks!!! I know that's a crapload of questions.

the rf-1.
http://www.spportcarbr.net/aces/enkei/tn_rf1_jpg.jpg

PS. Would really like a set of Alpina wheels, but I sadly dont have that kind of money. trying to keep the whole thing under 1700.
Jesus. It's a good thing I'm at work right now, because if I wasn't getting paid to answer all of this I'd throw a fit.

Alright. Here we go.

Yes, ADRs are fairly cheap wheels.
215/45/16 tires are more than doable; in fact 225/45/16 is an option.
Spacers are necessary. 15mm is perfect.
16.5 is fairly light for a 16x7.
Wheels are a wear item, but if they are all straight you should be fine.
Enkei makes high quality wheels. Auto-x worthy for sure.
I've never heard of this wheel on an E30. Definitely not my cup of tea, but if you like it that's what matters.
Yes lowering makes a huge difference. Stay away from Eibachs. For more suspension advice search the forum.

For cheap Alpinas, look at www.abrahamsmotorsport.com. Those replicas are offered in 15", 16", and 17" for our cars, and any of them will look 100000x better than those Enkeis. Plus they don't need spacers.

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Old 10-20-2007, 03:14 PM   #524
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Thanks for the Kopi tip Jay, I actually ordered the 17x7.5 from Abrahams. They will arrive in mid Nov hopefully. Perfect time for winter oh well. What size tire would you recommend for that wheel on an e30 with the H&R sport lower springs and Bilstein sports?

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 10-21-2007, 01:14 AM   #525
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Great news man, you'll love them. 215/40/17 is the best fit for the Kopis.

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