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E30 Rims

Discussion in 'E30 (1984-1993)' started by Vicksburg, Apr 3, 2008.

    Vicksburg guest

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    What are the largest rims I can use on the E30 1988 325i Convertable with "factory-ish" ride height. I don't want any body modifications or rubbing. I currently have the factory
    14" 4-bolts... Can I go 15"? 16"? Thanks.
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    eicarguy

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    Vicksburg guest

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    Thanks. I'll take a look at the site. The current 14"s look pretty small.....

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    heh, the brakes look puny under 16-inch rims, too!

    7x15s will look great, though, & you'll have a lot more options to choose from for both the wheels & the tires. IIRC, you'll want an offset of about 24-28mm.

    I've broken & bent enough rims to realize that the 'look' must be balanced against driveability. Up here in pothole country, you just can't run around over poorly-maintained roads w/ impunity - you've got to steer around the holes! It's really easy to bend a 16" rim on a hole you might not even notice w/ a 14" wheel, b/c the reduced tire sidewall-depth isn't able to take the punishment.

    Vicksburg guest

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    Pot Hole Country

    Michigander here. We specialize in pot holes. Thanks a lot for the feed back....Some of these damn things look more like bomb craters!

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    Vicksburg guest

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    Thanks jmalter

    Those look sweet and fill the wheel wells nice. I don't like when they are too huge, and I don't want any rubbing and scraping. I also don't want extremely low profile tires either. Looks like you have found the right combination.......Thanks.
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    Sean

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    Yea, you really don't want to run 17's, cause there's very little rubber between the rim and the road. I say 16" is really the largest to go. But, be forewarned, leaving the car with a stock ride height and big rims will look quite goofy. :)

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