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Your Questions About Bmw X 120

June 30, 2012

William asks…

Will my bmw fit these rims?

Hi I have a 1996 bmw e36 318i, lately I’ve been browsing for some aftermarket rims however im not entirely sure if they will fit.
The current rims it has on the car are: 16″ x 7″ stud pattern 5 x 120 offset 46, they have 205 55 R16 tyres.
The rims I’ve picked are: 17″ x 8″ stud pattern 5 x 120 offset 40.
I need to know:
if the new rims with tyres on are going to fit without rubbing in the guards/fenders.
what tyres will fit these rims without rubbing.
and an opinion would be much appreciated.
The car is stock, and is NOT lowered.
Thanks in advance.

Administrator answers:


If you want to go for 17″ rims you can use the following applications without a problem:

Rim size:7×17 Recommended tyre size:205/50R17 or205/45R17
Rim size:7.5×17 Recommended tyre size:205/50R17 or 205/45R17
Rim size:8×17 Recommended tyre size:215/45R17 or 225/45R17

These recommendations are taken from international fitment guide so you can rely on them.

Hope this helps,

Donald asks…

Bmw Wheel offset question?

Will rim from a 5 series fit a 3 series coupe. Both bolt patterns are 5 x 120. I’m worried about the offset. Most aftermarket wheels for 3 series offset is +30 – +40. The ones I want are aftermarket as well but came off of a 5 series and the offset is +15. Would this be a problem?

Administrator answers:

The 3 series wheel has always been the odd man out wheel. The offset of the 3 series is completely different than all other series. So no a 5 series wheel will not work well at all even tho it will bolt on. Honda wheels work great on 3 series BMW’s

Sharon asks…

Will these wheels fit my car? bmw e46 m3?

my biggest issue is will they rub?

BBS CH-R Matte Black
F: 19 x 8.5 +32
R: 19 x 9.5 +35
PCD: 5 X 120

Administrator answers:

I think your best bet is just to go to a local tire store like Les Scwab. They should have a book of which wheels and tires fit which car. Also they charge nothing for just finding out if they fit.

Lizzie asks…

What Are Universal Wheels?

I have a BMW 323i that is currently on 16′s but I want to upgrade to 18′s.
My bolt pattern is 5 x 120. I was looking at a site and and they kept tell me that these universal wheels that were 5 x 100 or 5 x 114.3 would fit my car. The site is

Administrator answers:

Universal wheels will have multiple holes for lug bolts, so that they can fit two different lug patterns, as you have listed here. They will have 8 or 10 holes for the two different patterns, for 4 or 5 lug systems.
Neither of the two patterns you have listed are 5 x 120, so they will NOT fit.

George asks…

Anyone here who knows about wheels & rims?

I have a 1995 Mitsubishi Diamante sedan, and I want to put BMW 5 or 7-series rims on it.
According to this website: the BMW 5 and 7 series wheels are: Offset: MED, Lugs: 5 x 120 and the Diamante’s wheel specs are:Offset: HPO, Lugs: 5 x 114.3
I don’t really know what this means, except they have the same amount of lugs. does the difference between 5 x 114.3 and 5 x 120 mean it won’t fit? And what does “HPO” and “MED” mean?
Thanks in advance.

Administrator answers:

Here’s the drill. The biggest factor to consider in this case is what the numbers mean. 5 indeed means five holes. 120 and 114.3 are the diameters of the bolt circles in millimeters. This in itself means that the wheels you want will not fit your car. HPO means “High Positive Offset”. “MED” means Medium Offset. None of this matters to you because the BMW wheels won’t fit. However, whatever wheels you do select, in addition to having a 5X114.3 bolt pattern, need to have the same offset as your stock wheels so that your tires won’t rub the fenders or the suspension, your wheel bearings won’t wear too fast, and your car will steer and handle correctly.

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