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Old 03-19-2008, 06:41 PM   #1
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To Offset or not to Offset, that is the question...

Guys, I need some input/opinions here. On my E36 M3 I want a new set of wheels, should I get a set of offsets or not. My current OEM wheels are offset, and I like it. I want to move to a bigger size wheel, maybe a 18 or 19. What do you guys think, is an offset set better or no real difference.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:01 PM   #2
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What do you mean by "a set of offsets"? Sorry but I'm not familiar with the term.

Are you referring to spacers by any chance?
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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no I mean wider rims for the rear then the front. I guess you can call it staggered.

for example, on my M3 the fronts are 7.5 and the rears are 8.5 wide. I am thinking of going 8 in the front and 9.5 in the rear or just going 8 all around.

just wondering if there is any drive/ride enhancements by doing it or is it just for looks. expecially in a larger rim such as a 18 or 19.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:57 AM   #4
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Think about it logically. The power goes to the back wheels, so by adding more rubber in the back, you get more grip, which equals better accelleration. The only downside to it is that you can't rotate your tires and you will, depending on your driving habits, be replacing rear tires more often than fronts.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:04 PM   #5
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Think about it logically. The power goes to the back wheels, so by adding more rubber in the back, you get more grip, which equals better accelleration. The only downside to it is that you can't rotate your tires and you will, depending on your driving habits, be replacing rear tires more often than fronts.
+1 exactly what i was going to say
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:10 PM   #6
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:27 AM   #7
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Staggered tires also affect handling - specifically under/over steer. By putting more rubber at the back, you reduce over-steer / induce under-steer at the limit. It also affects slip angle, so even the feel of the car, before actually skidding, will be affected.

The factory likes understeer - and one way to dail it out is to change from staggered to equal width.
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