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Old 04-10-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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Question Wheel Questions

All right, I have a few questions on wheels. Keep in mind, these questions apply not just to BMWs, but to all car makes in general. Some of these questions may seem trivial, but I need to be sure on some things.

- Are the offset on rims the same for the front and rear of cars? For example, are there any cars that can support up to X offset on the back, but only up to Y offset on the front, or are they all the same fronts and rears?

- Bolt patterns remain constant for each car, correct? That's dictated by the car itself, and the rim must match that. For example, if you drive a certain car, every wheel you mount on that car must match that bolt pattern, right?

- How do spacers work (as detailed as possible)?

- What's the technical defination of the "ratio" of a tire?

I'll probably have more later, but that's a start. haha

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Old 04-10-2006, 08:35 PM   #2
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Bolt patterns "SHOULD" be the same, but in some cars (race stuff) that's not gospel.
Re: Offsets - there are some out there that have different offsets for brake clearance, wheel well clearance & depending on the handling prefs you want that can always be altered. IE: My bird has 15x3 on the front & the rears are 16x12 (rearend has been narrowed 38" from backing plate to backing plate and it's "tubbed") The fronts are "0" offset, rears are 9" positive offset.

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Old 04-10-2006, 09:14 PM   #3
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My 840 has an offset of 6 mm on the front and 18 mm on the rear. This was done to "Fill" the wheel well with tire for appearance on my staggered wheels. Standard is 15 to 18 mm.

A 3 series has offsets around the 35 to 40 mm range by comparison.

Spacers are used to correct offset errors. To use 3 series wheels on an 8 you would have to use at least 20 mm spacers. That is 1 1/2" movement out on the wheels. This would be highly unstable to say the least.

Aspect ratios are explained in here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=46
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:15 PM   #4
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Is this going towards you getting new rims by any chance?
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Just trying to make sure I have my information correct.

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