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17x8.5", 24-26mm offset required (archive)

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Posted by JamesM on June 05, 2002 at 14:31:48:

In Reply to: Wheels for '88 M5? posted by Suzy on May 30, 2002 at 08:52:36:

Ask Rob Levinson. It was his car last year.

He always said you will need the biggest tires you can find to put all that torque to the ground. It currently has BFGs in 255/40/17 on the rear. You need an adjustable subframe (Dinan SFs are NLA!) to take care of the camber. You can fit up to a 17x8.5" wheel with 24-26mm offset on the rear. Wider than that requires cutting the fenders open and capping them with flares. Bavarian Specialties in PA has 275/40/17s on 17x9" wheels on his E28 M5.

FWIW--My M5 has Alpina 16x8s on the rear, 24mm offset. They look great! A 17x8.5" wheel will fit fine, but 255 wide tires will require adjustable camber to keep the sidewall from rubbing inside the fender.

I am so envious!! I can't believe it went for $28k!! Good job on that one, Suzy.


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