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      01-18-2015, 02:02 AM   #1
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Are these things to small?

Hey guys, I'm looking at putting a set of 17x9.5 SR02 on my 09 bmw 328 x-drive... I plan on doing some springs on the eibach pro-kit (keeping stock shocks/struts for as long as possible which is probably not long) but i want to get rid of some of the wheel gap that i have with my stock 16s. I was wondering if 17s would be to small and look awkward.. I ran 18x7.5 enkei on my previous car (08 lancer gts) and i know that it is a completely different car with a completely different suspension but it seemed like the 18s filled up the wheel wells nicely. Unfortunetly they only make these wheels in 17s. Please give me some input and pictures would also be greatly appreciated!
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It's all preference. 17's aren't too small unless you have the wrong offset and they sit too far in the wheel well. You'll just have a taller tire than you would on a 18 inch wheel.
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It's all preference. 17's aren't too small unless you have the wrong offset and they sit too far in the wheel well. You'll just have a taller tire than you would on a 18 inch wheel.
Ive heard its all about offset! Im not really new to the "car scene" but definitely new to wheels/suspension.. What is the ideal offset to get them pushed out? Also planned on runnings h&r spacers
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Ive heard its all about offset! Im not really new to the "car scene" but definitely new to wheels/suspension.. What is the ideal offset to get them pushed out? Also planned on runnings h&r spacers
Ideal would be between +35 to +30 for a square setup. It's always good practice to get wheels that properly fit the car instead of using spacers. Some tire shops can and will refuse service on cars running spacers. Just food for thought.
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Personally I think 19's are the sweet spot as far a looks go, but thats just my opinion.
However, with a proper drop 17's don't look that bad.
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Imo 18's are too small and 20's are too big. Kind of depends on the wheel though and that's just my opinion.
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It all depends of the wheel specs. Here is 17x9 square setup with 245/40/17 tyres and it doesn't look that bad, only could use rear spacers. http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=930454

What offsets they offer for the wheels?
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