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      11-26-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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16 inch winter rim offset recommendation

My wife has a 2008 328xi coupe with sports package and 18 inch oem wheels. I ordered a set of winter tires and rims from Tire Rack, deciding to go with 205-55-16 Alpin PA3 tires, as we get a lot of pot holes round here.

I went to fit them today and discovered the new rims have less offset than the factory rims, which results in a smaller gap between the inside of the rim and the front strut than with the factory rim. On calling Tire Rack I was told this is intentional to allow more space on the outside of the wheel for snow and slush.

I did not fit the rims as I would have expected the offset to be such that the centreline of the new narrower rim would match the centreline of the wider factory rim when mounted. This is effectively narrowing the track of the suspension and something I am not comfortable doing.

Has anyone else on this forum gone through this as well, or did you select rim offsets that maintained the factory geometry?
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      11-27-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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