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Old 05-07-2011, 10:35 PM   #1006
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I have a 1988 325ix, and I want steel wheels for the winter tires. However, I'm none too happy spending $65 a wheel for stockers from a dealer. Can I use spacers to fit stock 318 steel wheels to my 325i, or are there maybe aftermarket alternatives that are cheaper? I'd go with used stock 318 wheels if possible, due to the large number of clean, affordable ones available.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:46 PM   #1007
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I have a 1988 325ix, and I want steel wheels for the winter tires. However, I'm none too happy spending $65 a wheel for stockers from a dealer. Can I use spacers to fit stock 318 steel wheels to my 325i, or are there maybe aftermarket alternatives that are cheaper? I'd go with used stock 318 wheels if possible, due to the large number of clean, affordable ones available.
RWD E30 wheels will fit, as well as any 4x100 VW wheel (there's a ton of those).
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:02 PM   #1008
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RWD E30 wheels will fit, as well as any 4x100 VW wheel (there's a ton of those).
Awesome! I know the basketweaves for other E30s won't work on the iX because of the differently sized front calipers, and was guessing it was going to be a similar deal for the steel wheels. Your news has just made me a very happy man, and saved me a ton of money!
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:53 PM   #1009
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Awesome! I know the basketweaves for other E30s won't work on the iX because of the differently sized front calipers, and was guessing it was going to be a similar deal for the steel wheels. Your news has just made me a very happy man, and saved me a ton of money!
The brake caliper is the same. All 4x100 E30 wheels will fit.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:46 PM   #1010
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I have seen much information that indicates otherwise, and have seen pictures of the marks left in non-iX E30 basketweaves by trying to drive the car with the calipers in the front contacting the wheels. The iX wheels, I am told, have a unique offset for that specific reason.

I guess at least if the standard E30/VW 4x100 wheels drag on the front calipers, and I got them from a junkyard, at least I'm not out much money...

Can anyone confirm or deny that the part numbers for the iX front calipers are the same as for all 2WD E30s (I imagine the M3 may have different calipers, but I would imagine the rest of the E30 series would have the same calipers all the way across the model range)? Also, why does BMW sell a special steel wheel for the iX that, AFAIK, has a different part number from RWD E30 steel wheels?

I'm starting to get confused. :S
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:53 AM   #1011
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I have seen much information that indicates otherwise, and have seen pictures of the marks left in non-iX E30 basketweaves by trying to drive the car with the calipers in the front contacting the wheels. The iX wheels, I am told, have a unique offset for that specific reason.

I guess at least if the standard E30/VW 4x100 wheels drag on the front calipers, and I got them from a junkyard, at least I'm not out much money...

Can anyone confirm or deny that the part numbers for the iX front calipers are the same as for all 2WD E30s (I imagine the M3 may have different calipers, but I would imagine the rest of the E30 series would have the same calipers all the way across the model range)? Also, why does BMW sell a special steel wheel for the iX that, AFAIK, has a different part number from RWD E30 steel wheels?

I'm starting to get confused. :S
Don't hurt yourself now.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partxref.do?part=34111154379

iX wheels are specific because the hubs come out slightly further (geometry changes by about 7mm). They make different offset wheels for clearance reasons.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:59 PM   #1012
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Thanks, I was clearly misinformed. Do you concur that the VW and/or RWD E30 steel wheels will work without problems on the iX? Are there different offsets available in that range of wheels, and if so, where should I look for the closest to stock geometry?

Thanks everyone for being so helpful to this n00b with his first E30.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:39 AM   #1013
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I had iX rims on my E30 for about a month, no rub issues if you put small 5mm spacers all around.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:13 AM   #1014
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quick answer please

have a chance to get [4] 16x8...et36...can I get this "happening" on my 325ix
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:38 PM   #1015
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have a chance to get [4] 16x8...et36...can I get this "happening" on my 325ix
May require small spacers to clear the inside, I'm actually not sure.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:46 AM   #1016
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Noob question

How would 15x7 slipstreams with 40+ of offset be. I have some H&R 15mm spacers.
From what I read ( 40-15 =25) so that would be about what I want.
And 175/50 front (is that ridiculous stretch?) with either 195 or 225 in the back

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I'm looking to improve the handling of my car (running heavy motegi mr7 16's with 225) And a little drop in the front would be appreciated
My car is on H&R sport's and e90 hats
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:28 AM   #1017
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got a set of 15x7 4x100 with a 32et offset.

eyeing a set of 205/50/15 tires, and my cabrio is lowere with apex springs all around.

can I get a wider tire without rubbing?

also, will my wheels be too 'sunken' of will a 5mm spacer benefit this for a wider stance as the stock offset of my 14" bbs's are 30 offset...
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:14 PM   #1018
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Noob question

How would 15x7 slipstreams with 40+ of offset be. I have some H&R 15mm spacers.
From what I read ( 40-15 =25) so that would be about what I want.
And 175/50 front (is that ridiculous stretch?) with either 195 or 225 in the back

Thank you

I'm looking to improve the handling of my car (running heavy motegi mr7 16's with 225) And a little drop in the front would be appreciated
My car is on H&R sport's and e90 hats
Wait, why do you want to stretch the fronts and not the rears? More importantly, why are you trying to stretch a tire on a 7" rim? If you already have four 15mm spacers just buy 225/50/15 all around and be done with it.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:16 PM   #1019
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got a set of 15x7 4x100 with a 32et offset.

eyeing a set of 205/50/15 tires, and my cabrio is lowere with apex springs all around.

can I get a wider tire without rubbing?

also, will my wheels be too 'sunken' of will a 5mm spacer benefit this for a wider stance as the stock offset of my 14" bbs's are 30 offset...
Even with the 205 you will be very close to the front struts. Four 5mm spacers won't make much of a visual impact but will allow you run 225/50 tires all around. The wheels will still be slightly further out (4mm) than the basketweaves without spacers.
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:52 PM   #1020
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Ignoring fenders, do you know if I can fit 215/65/15s on 15x7 et35 VW wheels on my IX without hitting the spring perch? I might have to do some measuring on the parts car...
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