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sw
11-18-1999, 02:03 PM
i have a question regarding 17in wheels and tires on my car. i imagine that they would fit (provided i have the correct offset and spacers), but is it necessary to have a lock prohibiting the full turn of wheels? Hartge sells such a kit. i plan on putting e36 m3 wheels (96 model) on my car and was wondering if this should be done. would it be better to stick with 16in or should i go all out and the e36 wheels. what do you people think?

Gustave
11-18-1999, 05:20 PM
17" wheels can fit just fine.<p>For a 17"x8" wheel you want to shoot for a 20mm effective offset.<p>17"x8" wheels for the E36 will have a 38mm offset so you need some 18-20mm spacers to get it to work. BBS makes some very nice spacers for this purpose, TUV approved.<p>If you run a 215-40-17 size then no steering locks will be necessary. But with 235-40-17 you might want them as the tires will probably rub the inside fender well at full lock. Or you can just be carefull when parking which is what I do.<p>The 235-40-17 offers a much smoother ride than the 215-40-17 at the expense of a small loss in gearing.<p>Do not underestimate the effect of wheel weight on both performance and ride quality. In this regard it is hard to beat the BBS RC at 16.2 lbs in a 17"x8" size. Plus they have that authentic DTM look 8^)

Steve
11-18-1999, 05:37 PM
<i>: 17" wheels can fit just fine.<p>: For a 17"x8" wheel you want to shoot for a 20mm effective offset.<p>: 17"x8" wheels for the E36 will have a 38mm offset so you need some 18-20mm spacers to get it to work. BBS makes some very nice spacers for this purpose, TUV approved.<p>: If you run a 215-40-17 size then no steering locks will be necessary. But with 235-40-17 you might want them as the tires will probably rub the inside fender well at full lock. Or you can just be carefull when parking which is what I do.<p>: The 235-40-17 offers a much smoother ride than the 215-40-17 at the expense of a small loss in gearing.<p>: Do not underestimate the effect of wheel weight on both performance and ride quality. In this regard it is hard to beat the BBS RC at 16.2 lbs in a 17"x8" size. Plus they have that authentic DTM look 8^)<p></i>Driving an '87 325iS I'm blessed (sarcasm) with that darn 4-lug setup -- and it's really bugging me. Even though I'll own an E30 M3 soon (my goal is to have one before I'm 22) I have to make due with my options for now. Any recommendations for 17" wheels that'll fit my car?<p>-Steve<br>'87 325iS<br>$100 E30 Stress Bar Project (email me for information)

ritter
11-18-1999, 07:11 PM
my question is can you fit 225/40ZR17 on 17x8 wheel all around

Steve
11-19-1999, 03:15 AM
<i>: my question is can you fit 225/40ZR17 on 17x8 wheel all around<p></i>I am 99% sure it will fit but I asked on the E30 board to make sure. Let's assume for question's sake that they do..what do you recommend?<p>Steve

Just a thought --Andrew
11-19-1999, 11:59 AM
<i>: i have a question regarding 17in wheels and tires on my car. i imagine that they would fit (provided i have the correct offset and spacers), but is it necessary to have a lock prohibiting the full turn of wheels? Hartge sells such a kit. i plan on putting e36 m3 wheels (96 model) on my car and was wondering if this should be done. would it be better to stick with 16in or should i go all out and the e36 wheels. what do you people think? <p></i>

Austin
11-19-1999, 07:08 PM
I'm planning on doing the same thing. I'm told all you need is 10mm H&R spacers and correspondingly longer lug bolts. To maintain the stock rolling diameter, I'm going with 215/40-17 front, on 17 x 7.5" wheels and 245/35-17 rear on 17 x 8.5" wheels. I don't believe a 225/40-17 tire exists, but I could be wrong.

Ryanto
11-19-1999, 10:13 PM
<i>: my question is can you fit 225/40ZR17 on 17x8 wheel all around<p></i><br>Nitto has 17/225/40. It will fit on 17x7.5 or 17x8. Offset would be 15-30mm


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