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      06-01-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Wheel gap

I'm new to the 335xi and was wondering if I get a set of 18 or 19s to replace my 17s will that reduce my wheel gap by 1 or 2 inches respectively? Or will the wheel gap remain unchanged, or slightly reduced? This is assuming I use the recommended tire sizes.

Thinking if getting a VMR wheel or some sort of csl style replicas.

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      06-01-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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It will not reduce the wheel gap by 2 inches. The gap will remain essentially the same, but it will most likely look bigger. Larger wheels tend to accentuate any wheel well gap.
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I'm new to the 335xi and was wondering if I get a set of 18 or 19s to replace my 17s will that reduce my wheel gap by 1 or 2 inches respectively? Or will the wheel gap remain unchanged, or slightly reduced? This is assuming I use the recommended tire sizes.

Thinking if getting a VMR wheel or some sort of csl style replicas.

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No. Larger wheels will not reduce the gap. You will need to drop the car via springs or height adjustable coilovers.
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ok great the reason I was asking was because I wanted to get the Eibach springs and 19s but didnt want to end up being too low.
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ok great the reason I was asking was because I wanted to get the Eibach springs and 19s but didnt want to end up being too low.
Low is relative. I have Eibach Pro w/Koni Sport (just installed in May), and I feel that I am too low (IMO) for the roads here in New England during the winter time, while others feel it's just right. Contemplating changing back to stock springs or coilovers...
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For the common sizes there is a slight difference in diameter (see below), going from 17 to 19 you will barely notice. Don't worry about being too low on 19", 19's actually raise the car 1/4" and decrease wheel gap 1/4", a double benefit.

225/45/17 - Diameter 25.0"
225/40/17 - Diameter 25.2"
235/35/19 - Diameter 25.5"
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