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Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by mjaybarbego » Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:34 am

I have a 1985 635csi and I am looking at 18" wheels, 8 inches wide front and 9 inches wide rear. 120x5 with 35mm offset.
My current wheels are 16" diameter x 7 inches wide with 20mm offset Style 5 BMW wheels.

Any advice as to whether the 18" I am looking at? What if anything do I do so they will fit?

Thanks.

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Re: Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by Pod » Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:13 am

Try the website ‘willtheyfit.com’

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Re: Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by speter » Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:15 pm

Hi,

https://www.willtheyfit.com/ is cool, however i use https://www.wheel-size.com because of detailed options and visual explanation.

One of my an earlier fitment calculations is over here: https://www.wheel-size.com/calc/?wheel1 ... 0mm&sr=0mm, just replace the numbers for your parameters.

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Re: Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by brickwhite » Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:08 pm

35mm off set will be close you will probably need a 20mm spacer in the front so they don't rub inside on the strut tube.


18" are a little big for these cars in my opinion. It will ruin the geometry, But people do it.

Read , Read, Read there are quite a few posts in this forum on guys using 18" wheels.
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Re: Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by Da_Hose » Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:59 pm

My M6 came to me with 18's. to make things work well, I made custom roll center adapters for the front, made custom spherical bushings, and welded in adjusters to the rear control arms.

Even with all the mods., I can only run 225/35-18 tires up front or things rub. The front tire is too thin to my eyes, but in the rear, I was able to get 275/45-18's spooned on. The thicker sidewall really is the key to make the wheel/tire combo. look right for the body.

I agree that 17's are really the biggest wheel that still looks "right" on a 6er.

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Re: Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by 635sharknose » Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:58 pm

I have 17 inch Style 32's on my E24, the 17 inch fit perfectly in my opinion.
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Post by hornhospital » Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:17 pm

When mated with correct size tires, the 18" wheel look just as proper as 17". It depends on the stance of the suspension and the type of wheel.
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Post by emac » Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:03 am

Here is my 87 m6 with 17's and H&R lowering springs. I really like the setup, after I learned the wheels needed a hubcentric ring because they were from an e39 and the hub is slightly larger.
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Post by 86_6series » Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:19 pm

I think 18 just passes the threshold of too modern for this body style.

16 or 17 is just right IMO. With Vogtland lowered springs.

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Re: Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by LarryM » Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:05 am

To my eyes, 17" is the ideal wheel size for an E24; mine are RS 198s (17 X 8.5, ET13) with 245/40 tires. Next time tires are due, I think I'll switch to a slightly less aggressive, more "typical" upgrade size of 235/45. I'd like a slightly larger sidewall for a better ride and to reduce suspension wear.

However, I also own an E28 and I feel that with the taller/narrower sedan body 17s appear a little bit too large. For that car I'm using E28 M5 wheels (16 X 7.5, ET20) and they're about the perfect fit.

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Re: Wheels that I hope will fit

Post by 635sharknose » Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:32 am

Perfect fit, looks great Larry.
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