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      01-31-2013, 04:18 AM   #1
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rear axle difference between pre and LCI models

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does anyone here know what the actual difference is in the rear axle between the pre and LCI models?

I own an E91 LCI and would like to go with a 19x10 wheel in the rear. I can order a custom ET (offset) but before I order the wheels, I would like to know what the difference is between the pre and LCI model so I can conclude the final offset

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Correct if im wrong, but im pretty sure LCI is 8mm/side wider, total of 16mm wider reartrack.
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Correct if im wrong, but im pretty sure LCI is 8mm/side wider, total of 16mm wider reartrack.
you could be right. sounds right. but I would really appreciate if someone can confirm this

I do appreciate your replies to my questions. it truly helps
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LCi is indeed 8mm wider each side compared to pre-LCi.
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LCi is indeed 8mm wider each side compared to pre-LCi.
do you know why they changed it?

what's needed to bring it to pre facelift? so I can run 19x10
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do you know why they changed it?

what's needed to bring it to pre facelift? so I can run 19x10
I had something to do with better handling.
You can only choose different offset for the wheels. Example if you have 19x10 et25 with Pre-lci it would equal to et33 with LCI. If you meant what you need to do to make Lci back to pre-lci im going to say you would need to change whole rear suspensions.
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I'm not sure why it was changed. Most likely an aesthetic decision. Ever get stuck behind a pre-LCi and puzzle at how "sucked in" the rear tires look? This is worst on non-sport pack cars due to the small tires and elevated ride height. It looks very "economy car" to me and I'm sure BMW stylists thought it was really ruining the look of their car.

As far as I know the difference is in the hubs but I have never owned a pre-LCi so I really have no point of reference. Don't know if these are interchangeable or not.

As to running 19 x 10, you should be able to as long as the offset is where you need it. I think Avantgarde sells M359 style wheels that are 19 x 10 et 38 that work on LCi cars. I could be off on those numbers because I am just quoting from memory but look into it. You should not need to change hubs to run 10" wheels.
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One nice thing about a shorter hub track is that you can run a more aggressive offset (larger lip)
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