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Old 05-11-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Need some assistance desperately!!!

Hey guys,

I'm desperately looking for some assistance.

I have a 98 328i.

I picked up a set of 16" 225/55/R16 wheels and tires.

Unfortunately, they are rubbing in the rear while I drive, as well as the front when I make left and right turns.

Im not sure whether or not it should be rubbing.

Are the tires to big for this car? or do I have a suspension issue?

As well, should I put new tires on? or roll my fenders? Which one is more cost effective?

I need to get this resolved today, as I drive my car on a daily basis.

Please let me know your thoughts!!!!!!

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Old 05-11-2011, 11:53 AM   #2
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what is the offset on the rims? 225 width tires are fine. you may need spacers if the offset is not correct.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:02 PM   #3
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Im not too sure how to determine the offset.

If you can let me know I can check it right now.

Im sorry, im a noob when it comes to tires.

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:13 PM   #4
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take off one wheel and look at the hub, it should give an offset 'ET##' for example. or better yet just take a picture of the inside hub and overall rim and post it up.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:51 PM   #5
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The tire size is way too large. 225/50 is correct. But yeah, still need to know the offset to tell you if that size will even work.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #6
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I removed the wheel but didn't see any information inside. Here is a pic of the info on the rim.
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This is a pic of the rear right wheel.
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This is a pic of the rear left (driver) wheel. You can see how its slightly lower. Maybe my suspension is going?
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I hope these pics help.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:31 PM   #7
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^^ those look like OEM rims from a e34 or e39 (5 series). if it is those e34 rims they are offset 15, e39 are 20-25mm. typical offset for a e36/e46 3 series is 43-45mm.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:41 PM   #8
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^^ those look like OEM rims from a e34 or e39 (5 series). if it is those e34 rims they are offset 15, e39 are 20-25mm. typical offset for a e36/e46 3 series is 43-45mm.
I really appreciate your help.

Do you know where I could get the spacers? As well, which ones would I need?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:49 PM   #9
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there is a local company that manufacturers and sells them, i believe they are in waterloo or someplace near there. if you search 'spacers' it will give you the name of the company (nouvusport??)

As for the spacer, since i cant see any et on the rims, i cant give you 100% what spacer you need. worst case is you may need 30mm spacers if its e34 rims, and 20mm spacers if its e39 rims. im sure someone more experienced will chime in and give you the exact spacer mm.
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Those are 16x7.5 +20 E39 wheels. To run those you're looking at 205/50 tires.

Spacers are the opposite of what will help.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:15 PM   #11
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Might be a broken spring in the rear driver side, have someone check out the suspension, there shouldn't be that big of a difference on even surface between the left and right of the car.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:46 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the prompt responses and input. I really appreciate it.

Took Mystical's advice and threw on some 205/50's all around yesterday night. Now my car feels like its gliding.

While I was removing my left rear wheel, I noticed that my spring was broken. Good observation T.Dot E30.

Do you know if replacing the rear spring is a big job? How much would it cost approx?

I know I'd have to replace both of them even though the passenger side one looks fine.

Again thanks for the feedback. You guys really helped me out!!
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:58 AM   #13
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While I was removing my left rear wheel, I noticed that my spring was broken. Good observation T.Dot E30.

Do you know if replacing the rear spring is a big job? How much would it cost approx?
It's a pretty easy job, it shouldn't take more than an hour labour. Look for used springs, you should be able to find stock springs easily because alot of people take them out to install lowering springs/coil-overs.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:03 AM   #14
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^^ Ok sounds good. Ill keep an eye out for some used ones. If not I'll just go new.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:44 AM   #15
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if you buy new, you can get oem height aftermarket springs from suplex.
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