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Old 01-24-2017, 11:21 PM   #1
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-2 on a 2014 228i sportline??



Moved this from the 1/2/4 Series page ....

I just bought a 2014 228i that I will be picking up this Saturday. It comes with 225/40r18 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Seasonal - 78.8" circumference or 804 rev/mile according to tiresize.com Rim is BMW Style 384 - 8" wide with a 52mm offset.

I am wondering if I can reuse my winter tires from my 2003 325i ... 205/55r16 Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 - 78.1" circumference with or 811 rev/mile.

Tirerack.com indicated that I can put a 16" rims on the 228i.

I don't know the offset of the steel rims, but the 325i's summer rims are style 45 - 7" with a 47mm offset.

I not worried about the difference in circumference. I don't think it is large enough to cause any issues. My main question is: has anyone done this? Will the 16" rim fir over the caliper?
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Old 01-24-2017, 11:51 PM   #2
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Congrats on the 2! Probably the best car BMW makes at the moment.

As for the 16s, I seriously doubt they'll clear the brakes. Are there any OEM 16" set ups for your car?
I don't think
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Old 01-25-2017, 12:29 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply.

Yeah I started my search early December with the 2013 328i Modern Line and I was completely disappointed. I really didn't think I was going to find something I was happy with. Then they put me in a 328i Sport Line and it was better. I drove one in Hamilton & another in Oakville, then decide I was not going to spend that much money on a car that I was forcing myself to like - darn all wheel crap.

I even went for a drive in a Toyota 86. Nice suspension but they got the weight wrong and the back end tries to come around.

Then my buddy suggested the 2 series and I started comparing size & then comparing specs & reviews. I should have done this first.

One minute in a 228i RWD and I was hooked.

Back on topic - No I do not have any data if BMW offers an 16 OEM rim. I doubt it as well. The sales guy at BMW downtown said maybe but might need a spacer, which i am not really big on.

I will give them a try regardless. I just thought some may have tried already.
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Steve: The 16" fit my old 128i, and I still have them for sale by the way, but I believe the 2 series needs 17". Still I would give them a try. It's the front you want to check.

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Old 01-25-2017, 10:56 PM   #5
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Hi Jack, thanks for the feedback. Yes I will try a front tire first, assuming the front will have larger diameter rotors and larger calipers.
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Old 01-27-2017, 10:46 PM   #6
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I see that SimplyTire say their 16" package fits on the 228i, when I got mine for my 2014 I think they only offered the 17" though. With the sport line I would think there is a chance, if they were the M-Sport brakes then you'd need to go at least 17" and they can bit a bit picky even then.

I'll have my winters up for sale in the spring unless I sell them with the car, they won't be fitting on my M2.

I've been very happy with the Michelin X-Ice 3s and Replika M5 rims from SimplyTire for the last 3 winters on my 228i Sportline.
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Old 01-31-2017, 12:13 AM   #7
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Update:

The BMW steel rims do fit but clearance with the front calipers is only 2-3mm.
Spacers are going to be required.

Thanks for the replies ....
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Old 02-06-2017, 12:36 AM   #8
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Update # 2

RMP told me that you can not use aluminum spacers with steel wheels. That sort of wrecked my plans. I priced out a few different options - going with 17", or just getting aluminum 16" rims & reusing my tires.

Then I started googling to see how much clearance was considered enough.

From all that I have read, 2mm is recommended, 3mm is preferred, but 1.5mm will do.

So I put them on and tried them .... and they seem fine
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