In Reply to: M5 Replica Wheels?? posted by JeffW on July 17, 2001 at 20:53:53:
Be careful if you are buying a set of the M5 replica wheels as there are 2 different offsets. The wheels pictured in your post have a negative offset and are the ones I have seen fitted to a few E36 sedans. The ones on my car which is the first one pictured in Brandon's post (Thanks Brandon!) have an offset of +10 according to the bloke that supplied them.
The difference is that the main spokes on mine extend almost to the edge of the rim with the inner spokes hard against the inside of the rim. The other ones as in your picture have the main spokes set about 1/2" in from the rim with the inner spokes also extending outwards into the rim also which makes them a lot flatter in the spokes. When you see them side by side they look quite different even though they are exactly the same pattern and also the same width 17 x 8.
I'll post a close up pic as soon as I can get my camera to talk to the computer as it has stopped working for no apparent reason.
Regards - Ian