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E38 wheel FAQ (archive)

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Posted by Drew Zacharda on August 01, 2001 at 12:48:19:

In Reply to: e38 wheels with Dunlop SP5000 (225/55/R16 - Z rate posted by CrimsonTide525 on August 01, 2001 at 11:49:13:

16" wheels from an E38 ('95-'01) 7-series will fit an E34, but may require spacers in the front. A BBS-style cross-spoke wheel is available (from the 740), and a forged alpina-like "multi-spoke" wheel (from the 750). Both wheels are 16x8 with a 23mm offset.

These wheels fit fine on my stock 530iT with 225/55/16 Dunlop SP5000's. They rubbed the front strut towers VERY lightly on my lowered '90 535i -- not enough to rub off the tire lettering, but enough to rub the dirt (but not paint) off the strut towers.

Micah O'Connor used the same size wheels with 225/55/16 Bridgestone KDWS's. They rubbed the front strut towers enough to remove some of the paint from the strut towers, and some of the lettering from the tires.

A small spacer _may_ be required on the front wheels in order to avoid rubbing the strut towers. 5mm spacers are not hubcentric, and may cause some front-end shimmy. A 10mm hubcentric spacer will probably work, and will reduce the likelihood of shimmy. A 3mm spacer may work without shimmy because it will provide more room on the hub for the wheel to mount on. You may be able to have some 5mm spacers milled down to 3mm if you can't find a 3mm spacer for sale anywhere. When using spacers, be sure to use longer lug bolts.

Drew Zacharda
Proprietor - Drew's House O' Wheels


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