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Re: Attn: Drew and other Wheel Guys! (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on August 27, 2001 at 10:16:21:

In Reply to: Attn: Drew and other Wheel Guys! posted by markus on August 27, 2001 at 09:54:05:

Don't know if I'm a wheel guy, but I have had to use spacers before, so......

35mm offset should be e36/e46 class, you are on target there. On that width wheel you would need 15 to 20mm hubcentric spacers and 40-45mm lug bolts. Expect to use 20mm spacers in the front where you run very close to the strut tower, 15's in the back where there is more room. The stock bolts are 25mm and won't come anywhere near the hub with that much spacer. The only real issue (for me) is whether the longer bolts can handle the stress of holding the wheel to the hub. I would think that everything would be fine and very safe for normal use, though personally I would not go running around a track on spacers and bolts of that length. (you could also get studs/nuts to swap in and not worry about the length of bolt thing - it would also be easier to mount the spacers and wheels together in that configuration - BMP sells them)

Make sure you can get the bolts before you go buy new tires for those shoes - I had a lot of trouble finding 30/32mm bolts. Steve D'G probably has what you need at Ultimate Garage. I had decided I only wanted to pay BMP/Bekkers prices, but I after I waited about 6 weeks for them to come in, I gave up and got entirely different wheels instead.

--Micah O'C
'92 525iT

Adhering to the "need it - got it" theory of alloy wheel collecting, I picked up a set of 18 x 8.5 this weekend. 5 bolt - 120 mm with 35 ET.

Stupid question of the day...what models will these fit? I am pretty sure they'll fit E46 and maybe E36, but I'm not positive.

And what is the general consensus about using spacers? Not sure I want to put these on my car, but if the spacer thing is a good option, I might consider.

Any educated answers appreciated.

-not really a wheeler and dealer

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