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wheel offset sizes for 2000323ci convertible 16x7

Discussion in 'E46 (1999-2006)' started by 319887, Jan 21, 2013.

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    319887

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    I have to replace a couple of wheels on the 2000 323ci convertible with 16x7 wheels and new Falkens 215 55 16. Can anyone shed some light on this? Need the offset measurement so I can get the right wheels for the vehicle. Made a bad mistake on my 89 525i. Wheels turned out to be for a 92 to 98 3 series at 15x7. Right size wrong offset.
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    Dennis
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    If you call the Tire Rack, you will find that they devote much time and energy to figuring out proper wheel offsets for all sorts of models. . . they've never steered me wrong!
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    CRKrieger

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    They are probably 35-40 mm, like most 3 Series wheels of that era. You ran into the problem because most larger BMWs (5, 6, 7, and 8 Series) generally ran 20-22 mm offset wheels. This means that the 3 Series wheels end up too close to the struts and suspension of the car and require spacers and longer lug bolts to use. Conversely, the 5, 6, 7, and 8 Series wheels will be too far out on a 3 Series and likely interfere with the fenders. There is no simple fix for this.

    The simple answer for you is to buy 3 Series wheels from an E36 or E46.
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    floydarogers

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    AFAIK, the offset for all non-M E46 is 47. You can find the offset stamped on the inside of your existing OEM rims.

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