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Old 05-05-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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Staggered or Non-Staggered? That is the question.

I have a 2001 330ci and am about to purchase a set of 18' rims. They come in 18 x 8.5 and 18 x 9.5. I have to option to get 18 x 8.5 for both front and back or 18 x 9.5 in the rear. Anyone have this set up? How does it look? Does it stick out too much in the rear? Anyone have any pics?
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:53 AM   #2
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I have 19 X 8.5 & 19 X 9.5 and they do not stick out at all. It depends on the off-set you get. The dealer should be able to tell you, I don't remember what my off-set is. The wheel and tire section is also Very helpful.

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Old 05-06-2010, 11:28 AM   #3
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i had 19x9.5 on my e46 sedan in the back, they didnt stick out much at all. i'd get the staggered setup if i were you
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:49 PM   #4
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Go with staggered, looks nice and gives some extra grip in the back.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:32 PM   #5
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Offset is 35 in the front and 40 in the back. Am I good?
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:35 PM   #6
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Staggered is weak sauce, i wanna see more people put some 9s or 9.5s all around on an e46.

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Old 05-10-2010, 03:59 PM   #7
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lots of guys do 9.5's all around actually. apparently its a great track setup for E46's. Hoping to run that myself next year!
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #8
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Going wide is not necessarily good.

If you drive your car everyday, a wide square setup wont be good.

Get staggered 8.5/9.5
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #9
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I ran 18x8.5 with 245s all around. Perfect IMHO

E46s (non-m) understeer enough as it is, don't make it worse by running a staggared setup. If you don't ever drive spirited then it doesn't really matter though.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:53 PM   #10
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it really depends on the rims you're gonna buy and what you want to run in the front. 235 all the way around is great. I wouldn't go smaller than 225 up front just to do the staggered set up.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:33 AM   #11
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I'm running 255's (beefy tires) all around on 17x9 et42 rims on a sedan. I have no problems driving it on the street, and love how they performed at Mosport GP. I love the neutral handling complemented with aftermarket sway bars.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:16 AM   #12
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As mentionned keep in mind a staggered setup will cause slight understeer. With the offsets you are looking at they will not stick out. They also won't be agressive so it's definately your choice.

There are advantages to the square setup:
* no understeer caused by the rims
* you can rotate the tires properly
* with 9.5's out back you will probably run 255's which are more expensive
than the 225's or 235's you would run on the 8.5"
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