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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!