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Old 12-03-2007, 04:15 PM   #16
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Caden,

I got your PM but couldn't reply ( you are currently not accepting PMs). Anyway, You can fit up to a 8.5 in the front with a 35-45 mm offset with no more than a 225/40/19 tire(225/30/20 for 20s). The rear is what you have to be worried about. You can fit up to a 9.5" but the key is to get it with a 40-45mm offset (i think M3 replicas are like 32+ mm offset). The key is get a higher offset so the wheel will tuck into the fender and will not stick out. You could always go for a 7.5" rim in the back. In any case however, I think you will have to do a little modification to your car.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:43 PM   #17
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Thanks for the 411. The 19s are on and they looked intense. The ride has changed though. My steering wheel feels heavier and doesn't feel as steady as when the 17's were on. Is this a common problem(s) with larger rims? Thanks. Caden
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:50 AM   #18
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Your ride is going to be a bit rougher thats for sure. This is pretty normal for bigger wheels with smaller tires, nothing to worry about though.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:28 PM   #19
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and the thing with the steering comes from the offset... b/c the bigger rims prolly have a slightly different offest, you've lost your negative roll radius (king pin offset)

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