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Old 05-15-2011, 01:18 PM   #16
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I heard anything thing bigger than the stock tires will put considerable on all four corners of your cars components. Such as wheel bearings and bushings.
And the bigger your go '17 and up' the more chance you have and replacing those parts every year. Apparently its a big weak point on the E36's
Total horseshit. There really is no reason to not go bigger if you like the look. Personally, I think 17" is great on e36. 18" is perfect, and anything bigger looks retarded.

I went from 16" to 18" on my e90, and don't really feel a difference in harshness at all. It really does depend on the tires you choose (ie, sidewall stiffness).
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:38 PM   #17
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IMO, it's not total horseshit. Torque is determined by 2 factors: force applied and the lever distance. If you increase the lever distance by using spacers or an extra wide rim/tire, then going over potholes will increase the torque applied to suspension components and increase their wear rates. If you keep tire/rim mods reasonable, then you shouldn't have too many problems. Scotch is correct in that the actual rim diameter has nothing to do with increased wear; it's all in the weight and stance (moreso for the front than rear since most of the wearable suspension components are in the front).

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Old 05-15-2011, 03:07 PM   #18
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IMO, it's not total horseshit. Torque is determined by 2 factors: force applied and the lever distance. If you increase the lever distance by using spacers or an extra wide rim/tire, then going over potholes will increase the torque applied to suspension components and increase their wear rates. If you keep tire/rim mods reasonable, then you shouldn't have too many problems. Scotch is correct in that the actual rim diameter has nothing to do with increased wear; it's all in the weight and stance (moreso for the front than rear since most of the wearable suspension components are in the front).
Well, in theary, that's all true. In practice, there really is nothing to worry about. People run spacers all the time for years (we run 20-25mm on the race cars) without issues. The e46 M3 has stupid offsets and uses the exact same bearings and hubs, so really there is nothing to worry about.
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