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Old 07-31-2008, 01:12 AM   #601
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K i have some 17 inch Ac reps. I was first told they would bolt on directly, but i quickly found they needed spacers. I bought some cheap spacers which ****ed up the balance of the wheels and made the car impossible to drive. Im currently back on my 14s and im looking for some porper fitting spacers.

Can anyone help me out here?
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:14 PM   #602
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I have a 1986 325 which is lowered about 1.25" from both the front and the rear end.
I am looking at a some nice sets of rims :-
1) Konig Incident 17x7 4X100 lug pattern and 40mm offset
2) Konig HotSwap 17x7 4X100 lug pattern and 40mm offset
3) Enkei J10 17x7 4x100 lug pattern and 42mm offset

I was thinking of going 215/40/17 with one of these sets !

Which of these rims would fit on my car, and would I need to get spacers to make them fit, and what tire size would be ideal if they are to fit ?

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All 3 rims would need spacers to fit properly. 15mm is a near-stock fitment, while 20mm would make them fill out the fenders better (neither setup will require fender rolling with 215/40 tires).
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:15 PM   #603
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K i have some 17 inch Ac reps. I was first told they would bolt on directly, but i quickly found they needed spacers. I bought some cheap spacers which ****ed up the balance of the wheels and made the car impossible to drive. Im currently back on my 14s and im looking for some porper fitting spacers.

Can anyone help me out here?
I'd need to know the offset of the wheels to recommend anything. Also, did they need spacers to clear the caliper or to clear the struts? Finally, how big are the spacers and did they present any fender clearance issues?
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:09 PM   #604
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Mystikal...you seem to obviously know your sh*t

SO...I've searched this, and want to confirm something before I buy.


My early model(1985) E30 is lowered by about 1.5 inches.

wheels I'm looking at

15X7 et 28.

what would you reomend be the best tire fitment. I want a "full" look without rubing, and minimal fender rolling.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:46 AM   #605
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I'd need to know the offset of the wheels to recommend anything. Also, did they need spacers to clear the caliper or to clear the struts? Finally, how big are the spacers and did they present any fender clearance issues?
Im not sure on the offset. The tires are 205 50 r17 all round if that helps. They where stuck on the caliper and would not turn at all. I bought 8mm spacers but 6mm would have been fine, i just couldnt find em. During the week that the wheels where on I didnt have any problems with clearance. Thanks for helping me out here.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:27 AM   #606
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Mystikal...you seem to obviously know your sh*t

SO...I've searched this, and want to confirm something before I buy.


My early model(1985) E30 is lowered by about 1.5 inches.

wheels I'm looking at

15X7 et 28.

what would you reomend be the best tire fitment. I want a "full" look without rubing, and minimal fender rolling.
225/50/15, I'd suggest the Falken ZE-912. It's an excellent tire, it's cheap, and it runs slightly narrower than most other 225s (which is necessary because at ET28 you'll be very close to the front struts). It will also look "full", check out my pics for reference (I have 225s on a 7" rim).
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:31 AM   #607
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Im not sure on the offset. The tires are 205 50 r17 all round if that helps. They where stuck on the caliper and would not turn at all. I bought 8mm spacers but 6mm would have been fine, i just couldnt find em. During the week that the wheels where on I didnt have any problems with clearance. Thanks for helping me out here.
205/50/17 is WAY too tall, even if you got the offset perfect you would still eventually jam one into a front fender and pull it out badly. 215/40/17 would be the size for those.

8mm is enough to make the wheels non-hubcentric, which is why I never recommend such a spacer. 5mm is possible to get away with, otherwise 15mm is the next step. So I would try to use 5mm and if that doesn't work, 15mm all around with 205/40/17 tires (this will look awesome).

Also, make sure the wheels themselves are hubcentric or at least have hubcentric rings (meaning that they sit snugly on the hub without any play).
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:52 PM   #608
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225/50/15, I'd suggest the Falken ZE-912. It's an excellent tire, it's cheap, and it runs slightly narrower than most other 225s (which is necessary because at ET28 you'll be very close to the front struts). It will also look "full", check out my pics for reference (I have 225s on a 7" rim).

awesome thanks for the advice!
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:58 PM   #609
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looking to purchase rims since mine were stolen, just got a couple of questions...
i got 2 rims in mind, both 16x7.5 , but the offset is that one is 25mm and the other is 35mm. the rims with an offset 25mm comes with 57.1 hubrings...the other ones just come as it is. now im looking to have a flushed look with rims/tires and the body or even have them sticking out a bit keep in mind car will be lowered 1 1/2.... would these rims fit no problem, and what tire size would work?
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:16 PM   #610
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looking to purchase rims since mine were stolen, just got a couple of questions...
i got 2 rims in mind, both 16x7.5 , but the offset is that one is 25mm and the other is 35mm. the rims with an offset 25mm comes with 57.1 hubrings...the other ones just come as it is. now im looking to have a flushed look with rims/tires and the body or even have them sticking out a bit keep in mind car will be lowered 1 1/2.... would these rims fit no problem, and what tire size would work?
For ET25 wheels: 15mm front spacers, 20mm rear spacers, 195/45/16 tires all around.

For ET35 wheels: 25mm front spacers, 30mm rear spacers, 195/45/16 tires all around.

If you want flush without spacers, neither setup will work.
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Old 08-23-2008, 12:58 PM   #611
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Ok....it's taken me nearly 2 weeks, but I have read/skimmed EVERY message in this thread....yes...all 41 pages.

My brain is melting and running out of my left shoe.

I am on a pretty tight budget, but there seem to be no reasonably good tires available locally for the 14" stock basketweaves. They're all light truck tires...and I just ain't gonna do that.

I don't seem to be able to find any decent looking 16x7 4-100 with....et20 isn't it?

I'm a little picky on the look, no 5 spoke with 4 lugs. I like alot of the ones i've seen with 8 spokes, or 8 that split, etc. I've seen alot with the right bolt pattern and a 35-40 offset. If I understand right, these won't work without spacers, and i can't afford an extra $100 for good spacers. (I could possibly machine them though, either conventional or CNC) I haven't seen anything, at least not that I comprehended, relating to the hubcentric size.

So can anyone point me to a good supplier that might have the right combination of sizes and dimensions? I've been to tirerack a dozen times, and just don't see what i want for under $300 a wheel, which is way over budget. I'd like to stay under $600/4 if possible.

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Old 08-24-2008, 11:36 AM   #612
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Ok....it's taken me nearly 2 weeks, but I have read/skimmed EVERY message in this thread....yes...all 41 pages.

My brain is melting and running out of my left shoe.

I am on a pretty tight budget, but there seem to be no reasonably good tires available locally for the 14" stock basketweaves. They're all light truck tires...and I just ain't gonna do that.

I don't seem to be able to find any decent looking 16x7 4-100 with....et20 isn't it?

I'm a little picky on the look, no 5 spoke with 4 lugs. I like alot of the ones i've seen with 8 spokes, or 8 that split, etc. I've seen alot with the right bolt pattern and a 35-40 offset. If I understand right, these won't work without spacers, and i can't afford an extra $100 for good spacers. (I could possibly machine them though, either conventional or CNC) I haven't seen anything, at least not that I comprehended, relating to the hubcentric size.

So can anyone point me to a good supplier that might have the right combination of sizes and dimensions? I've been to tirerack a dozen times, and just don't see what i want for under $300 a wheel, which is way over budget. I'd like to stay under $600/4 if possible.

Thanks all
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On the tire issue, there are good tires available in the 14" size. Look into the Falken ZE-912, a lot of your local places will be able order them in. If not, just order them from www.discounttiredirect.com
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:28 PM   #613
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With a 2.1 drop in front and a 1.7 in the rear, would it be possible to fit 17 x 8.5 rims with an offset of +28 ? ( rim depth of 62 mm) Thanks for the input in advance.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:19 AM   #614
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With a 2.1 drop in front and a 1.7 in the rear, would it be possible to fit 17 x 8.5 rims with an offset of +28 ? ( rim depth of 62 mm) Thanks for the input in advance.
You will need front spacers to clear the struts. 8mm is the right width, but if you use 8mm spacers they will not have a hubcentric lip and the car will vibratate on the highway. Therefore you'd have to use 15mm (which is the minimum 4x100 spacer with a hubcentric lip), and run skinnier tires (205/40/17 stretched on). I'd use 15mm spacers all around just to even it out. And, you will have to roll the rear fenders to fit it all.

I know, a lot more difficult than it seemed.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:06 PM   #615
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Yeah, i asked because i am running 17 x 8.5 with a 23 mm offset, wich fit perfectly with the drop i have ( the least aggresive eibach one i cant remeber the number on top of my head) this is for a friend's car and he got a more aggresive drop, we figured theyre would maybe be clearence issues.
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