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Old 12-10-2003, 03:37 AM   #1
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Whats the widest wheel you can put

on an a 4door E36 without having the wheel rub, I need at least a 17x8" rim, any ideas, anyone with rims with these dimensions selling their rims, looking for lightweight rims, any links/hookups would be appreciated
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Old 12-10-2003, 04:24 AM   #2
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I'm assuming you're talking about tires on a 17"x 8" rim?

I've seen a 255/40 ZR17 tire on the stock M3 wheels (my dad's M3 actually) and it worked fine, but his car wasn't lowered. If you keep ride height stock, that'll work. The only clearence issue will be the muffler.... it rubbed a bit on my dad's stock muffler under hard right corners. he then upgraded to a Brullen cat back.
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Old 12-10-2003, 05:04 AM   #3
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In my case the car will be lowered with coilovers, so I need to know what is the widest wheel/tire I can stuff under the wheel wells.
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Old 12-10-2003, 07:08 AM   #4
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T-Spec, you got skills with metal, just do what SuperM3 done.
Just pull your fenders out.(not rolling)

I got 17x8.5 on the back. stock rims
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Are you considering staggered setup for the track? I've heard 235 all around is the best setup.
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Old 12-10-2003, 02:04 PM   #6
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Are you considering staggered setup for the track? I've heard 235 all around is the best setup.
this is the second time hearing this, someone on DTMpower said that a stagered set up promotes understeer.
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Old 12-10-2003, 03:01 PM   #7
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this is the second time hearing this, someone on DTMpower said that a stagered set up promotes understeer.
Of course wider tires on the back would cause understeer.
wider tires more grip, so if you got wider tires on the back and small on the front you'll get understeer.

95 M3 came with 225 all around.
in 97 BMW changed the setup to 225 on the front and 245 on the back to make a car more neutral.
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Old 12-10-2003, 06:48 PM   #8
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Pull my fenders out, I have no idea how to do that, neverheard of it before.

I'm not planning to stagger the setup.

Thanks for the info guys, I think I know which way I'm gonna go now.
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Old 12-10-2003, 06:59 PM   #9
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Pull my fenders out, I have no idea how to do that, neverheard of it before.

I'm not planning to stagger the setup.

Thanks for the info guys, I think I know which way I'm gonna go now.
you should be more then fine then, if you were looking to go very wide, you would have to have a good body shop roll and pull the $hit out of your fenders, but that's only if u planed on going 11 or 12" wide
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Old 12-11-2003, 03:40 PM   #10
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can wheels that are 18" * 8.5" fit on an e36 without rubbing?
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Old 12-11-2003, 04:01 PM   #11
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guys, wheels don't rub with a proper offset. Unless they're stupid wide like 11"+ the only problem is tire rub. Thinair's car had 19"x 9" wheels on slightly rolled fenders... the proper offset is required and a thiner tire (235 section width).
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Old 12-12-2003, 07:40 AM   #12
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BUt if i got 18 * 85 with an offset of 30
would my tires rub?
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Old 12-12-2003, 12:38 PM   #13
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as randy said it all depends on teh offset of the wheel. but like i said before if u wanna go wide like this guy 18X11 you must use a shorter tire and pull the fenders

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Old 12-12-2003, 01:45 PM   #14
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That cabrio's plate says "BMW M3" but the dashboard says '92-'93 non-airbag (non-///M).

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Old 12-12-2003, 02:40 PM   #15
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I had 255's in the rear when i bought my M rims, and i only had rubbing issues under HARD cornering, or when i had 5 people in th car (But my car was dumped too). So it really only matters about the TIRES you use, i obviously had to change the tire, cause 255's are MUCH to wide for a lowered 4 dr. (unless the fenders are rolled), but thats the widest i've seen!
Now i have the front and ONE rear tire with 205/60/15 and one rear as 185/55/15 as my winter setup, i handle like a LAMBO NOWWWW!
But my summer setup is 235's all the way around!
IMO the best thing to do!
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