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225/35ZR19 is NOT even the correct size... (archive)

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Posted by R.Mui on August 08, 2001 at 05:29:31:

In Reply to: CAN I FIT 19 INCH RIMS ON MY E32? posted by VICTOR on August 07, 2001 at 02:25:50:

If you wanna go with 19" wheels the tire size should be 235/35ZR19 (NOT the 245/35ZR19 that most prople are thinking!) tires which will be of almost identical dimensions as your current 235/40ZR18 setup. Given you have the correct offset for the 19x9.5" rims there should be no rubbing problems at all.

However I am not sure if I would go this route , with a 235/40ZR18 tire setup you can still opt for the Eibach pro-kit springs that will almost eliminate the wheel fender gap...which in turn will make the wheels look visually bigger than they already are...and give added benefit of actually adding something to the cornering capabilities to the wonderful E32 chassis (for such a roomy car, that is)!

With the 19" setup lowering springs wouldn't be a good idea if it would even work without problems!

If you are onto looks alone than nothing would be stopping you from going with 19" (how about 20"???! ^_^). But if you wanna have any sort of real performance as well, the the 19" is way too big (same probably applies to 18" as well) as the added mass in the unsprung weight will actually hinder suspension performance. Afterall, I don't think we have any kind of metal alloy that's actually lighter than the air in a tire? =)


I HAVE SOME 18 X 8 1/2 RIMS WITH 235/40ZR18 PIRELLI P7000 TIRES ON MY 1990 BIMMER. I WANT TO GO TO A 19 X 8 1/2 WITH 225/35ZR19. WOULD THIS FIT? WOULD A 19 X 8 INCH RIM FIT BETTER ( ie. NO RUBBING FENDER.) WOULD A DIFFERENT TIRE SIZE WORK BETTER. I WANT TO GET SOME HRE 540 RIMS, THESE ARE SOME REALLY NICE WHEELS FOR BIMMERS. ANY HELP APPRIECIATED, THANKS.





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