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roneg 04-06-2012 12:22 PM

Aftermarket for 2002 (E39)
I've got a 2002 530i. After shopping for awhile, I've learned this is not an easy car to buy wheels for. At least ones that look proper (elegant). I have the OEM style 42 in 17 x8 inch. One of the key factors is the 74.1 hub bore. A lot of wheel manfg. advertise fitting the 5 series But that does not include the 2002 models.

The second wall, the 17" size. Not a lot of selection there. And, as for offsets...?

I've read on different forums talk of stagger. Seems rotation is pretty much non existent anyway! I like the idea. I want the widest possible on rear (without) tire rub.

Question; Does any one know what the limits are for size on this model year.

I want to go 18's and possibly 8.5 front and 9.5 rear.

Thanks for any responses, Ron

DEATH2000 04-06-2012 01:02 PM

The possibilities depend on your budget. I have seen 19"s and 20"s on E39s. And I have seen guys go 10" wide and bigger. You should be able to fit a 9" wheel in the rear with no fender modification. 18"s should fit no problem. Especially of your stock height. A lot of people reckoned keeping it "squared" which means the same width all around for optimal performance.

roneg 04-06-2012 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by DEATH2000 (Post 201683)
The possibilities depend on your budget.

That brings up another question. One guy at a tire wheel shop here said "just don't buy cheap wheels they'll constantly be out of balance!"
Does cheap always equal less expensive? How is the average consumer to know? Just..pay a ton of money?:adupe

DEATH2000 04-06-2012 01:26 PM

Low price can mean cheap or poor quality. Their are certain places I will meet buy wheels from. Always check online for reviews first. If people have a bad experience with a wheel they usually post about it. Their are plently of positive reviews about my ASA AR1 rims and they were about $2,000 for a set of 18"s.

roneg 04-06-2012 08:28 PM

Thanks death. Those ASA are nice. What size did you use and how do they look?

DEATH2000 04-06-2012 08:35 PM

I got 18"s. I originally wanted 17"s but the sales guys talked me into 18"s. the picture in my Rate My Car was before I had it lowered. With it lowered theirs no wheel gap. Howler on the E36 I gotta get my fenders rolled cause it rubs under cornering. I have 225/40R18 in the front. Anything lower profile and the ride would be pretty shitty. If I buy another set I'll probably get 17"s with no lip.

roneg 04-06-2012 10:23 PM

Nice ride. The info in the picture says 17'' wheels is that an error or did you change since then? Looks like a black 5-er next door!

I've been eye-balling some chrome ones from Ruff racing.
The R281's

DEATH2000 04-06-2012 10:31 PM

Thanks. It's a typo. They are really 18"s. And it is an E39. That's outside of my body shop actually. The guy does incredible work and I've seen some stunning cars their. Ferrari's, Porsches, Rolls Royce. He's the only body shop I trust.

Those look nice. I like the black ones way better. I think Beyern makes a wheel just like that.

roneg 04-12-2012 10:10 AM

Thanks, Death2000. I'll post a picture of before/after....should I ever make a decision!!

DEATH2000 04-12-2012 10:29 AM

I know the feeling. When your spending that much on such a major thing or your car you will always second guess your decision. Worst case, you buy something and after a while don't like them you can always sell em and find something new. The classifieds are great for that. I see great rims including AC Schnitzer rims pop up.

roneg 04-14-2012 02:37 PM

I found some rims on ebay. They are (4)18x9.5 with 35 mm offset Would anyone know if these will be a problem in the fit? My 2002 e39 5 series is stock height and has normal brakes.

DEATH2000 04-14-2012 03:37 PM

18"s will fit for sure. 9.5 with a negative or positive offset?

Here's a good link about E39 tire sizes: http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/5-s...zes-25141.html

roneg 04-15-2012 06:24 PM

Death2000, Good question...I'll find out about the offset. Turns out these wheels are the very same type, I have been looking at. http://www.carid.com/ruff-racing-wheels/r281-92216.html Only by a different seller. He has 4-18x8.5's but not the 74.1 hub bore.

The e39 tire link is a good one but it only addresses the standard sizes.

I just worry that the 18x9.5 will rub something terrible or worse yet.. vibrate the front-end to pieces!

DEATH2000 04-15-2012 07:58 PM

The 8.5"s will fit in the front no problem. I run 8"s in the front on my E36. How offset works is where the hub is in relation to the wheel. I believe in you case the best option for you is to go and measure how much room you have between the feder and the wheel, and how much room you have between the wheel and the strut. The total size with tire width will tell you how wide you can run with no fender rolling. If you want to run 9.5"s and it does t have the room find a set with the hub set back into the rim more. That way the majority of the rim will stick out and clear the strut.

Here is a tire rack article on wheel offsets:

And here is a wheel offset calculator that might be able to help:

I should mention my 18"s have a -40 mm offset. Other options include running wheel spacers to flare the wheels out more. Might be a better option as they arent too expensive.

roneg 05-03-2012 06:29 PM

For the record; These wheels do fit!
Front-8.0x18 w/+20 off-set. 245/40R18
Rear- 9.0x18 w/+25 off-set. 275/35R18
Honestly, 19" would fit easily. Or even 18's. 8.5 Front and 9.5 Rear!
And of course...74.1 hub-bore!!


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