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Widest 15" wheel for lowered and rolled fenders


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I just want to confirm, does it sound right that the widest wheel possible for those with lowered 2002's with rolled fenders approximately the following:

15x6 et30 fronts (with 195x50's) and 15x7 et35 rears (with 205x50's) - posted by Barry_A on Sep 18 2007

I'm trying to figure out my next wheels for my 2002. I think I'm going to get Minilites and I just want to get the sizing perfect.

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15x7 with et25 205/50 front and rear would be ideal. Et24 through 28 have been proven to fit well with rolled/cut lips on 15x7's with 205/50's.

Then again I've seen CJ's fantastic '02 that has 215/40-16's on his 16x8 Alpinas in the rear... maybe there is a perfect 15" wheel tire combo that 'll get 215's in the rear but I can't find 215/45-15 tires so I'd stick with the 205's on 15x7's.

This just in..... I found that Toyo makes their Proxes T1-R in 215/45R15 so there may be hope yet for this size on either the et25 15x7's or since the rear can handle a little more offset maybe one could gain a little lip clearance by going to et27 or 28 in the rear... I can only venture a guess of et28 for 15x7.5's in the rear with these tires.

On my own car I have Falken Azenis RT-615 205/50R15 on 15x7 Nardi/BBS et28's with 1/8 (3mm) spacers in the front and no spacers in the rear.

HTH

Tom Jones

BMW mechanic for over 25 years, BMWCCA since 1984
66 BMW16oo stored, 67 1600-2 lifelong project, 2 more 67-8 1600s, 86 528e 5sp 585k, 91 318i
Mom&Dad's, 65 1800TiSA, 70 2800, 72 2002Tii 2760007 orig owners, 15 Z4 N20

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What about 15x7 with 33mm offset, and 205 50 15's? Will they be OK on a reasonably lowered (1.25") 2002?

Sorry but no, they will not fit without at least 5mm spacers... Ideally 8mm would be best. Don't forget that '02s have lug studs and therefore you will also have to install longer studs to work with spacers!

A 15x7 wheel with et33 the rim will hit the tie rod end in front and may also hit the strut housing. The rear may clear.

15x7s w/ et33 are for VWs or E30s

Tom Jones

BMW mechanic for over 25 years, BMWCCA since 1984
66 BMW16oo stored, 67 1600-2 lifelong project, 2 more 67-8 1600s, 86 528e 5sp 585k, 91 318i
Mom&Dad's, 65 1800TiSA, 70 2800, 72 2002Tii 2760007 orig owners, 15 Z4 N20

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How do you remove the stock studs, and install longer ones?

With a big hammer and a bench vice.

Tom Jones

BMW mechanic for over 25 years, BMWCCA since 1984
66 BMW16oo stored, 67 1600-2 lifelong project, 2 more 67-8 1600s, 86 528e 5sp 585k, 91 318i
Mom&Dad's, 65 1800TiSA, 70 2800, 72 2002Tii 2760007 orig owners, 15 Z4 N20

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How do you remove the stock studs, and install longer ones?

With a big hammer and a bench vice.

More specifically.... ?

Hubs removed. The studs are pressed in... I have also done them on the car....

Workin' on the long version........ be patient.

Of course it's a little easier for me at work with the car on a lift... ;p...

The front '02 hubs do have to be removed from the car and the brake rotor removed from them.... I open up the vice and set the hub in so the hub and studs look up at me and sits nice and flat. I do not tighten the vice down, just turn the hub so that one stud has clearance to fall down through and well, I aim well with one of these.... http://www.drillspot.com/products/67236/Estwing_B3-4LB_Drilling_Hammer Turn the hub for the next stud...

To install I find a nut that's larger diameter than the 12x1.5 of the studs and take a lug nut and tighten them down to draw the new stud in. Usually one would tighten the vice this time. :)

The rear can be done on the car... just aim well, and carefully set the stud in place , install the drum and use the parking brake to hold everything in place. Do one at a time...

HTH

Tom Jones

BMW mechanic for over 25 years, BMWCCA since 1984
66 BMW16oo stored, 67 1600-2 lifelong project, 2 more 67-8 1600s, 86 528e 5sp 585k, 91 318i
Mom&Dad's, 65 1800TiSA, 70 2800, 72 2002Tii 2760007 orig owners, 15 Z4 N20

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Cool, thanks!

Can I use a 5mm spacer without using a longer stud? Or is that too much for the length of the stock stud?

It all depends on the wheel and how deep the holes are. But the simple answer is no there are not enough threads left to safely hold the nut.

Tom Jones

BMW mechanic for over 25 years, BMWCCA since 1984
66 BMW16oo stored, 67 1600-2 lifelong project, 2 more 67-8 1600s, 86 528e 5sp 585k, 91 318i
Mom&Dad's, 65 1800TiSA, 70 2800, 72 2002Tii 2760007 orig owners, 15 Z4 N20

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Oh yeah, don't ask me where to get longer studs, cause' I dunno. ;p...

Tom Jones

BMW mechanic for over 25 years, BMWCCA since 1984
66 BMW16oo stored, 67 1600-2 lifelong project, 2 more 67-8 1600s, 86 528e 5sp 585k, 91 318i
Mom&Dad's, 65 1800TiSA, 70 2800, 72 2002Tii 2760007 orig owners, 15 Z4 N20

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I just want to confirm, does it sound right that the widest wheel possible for those with lowered 2002's with rolled fenders approximately the following:

15x6 et30 fronts (with 195x50's) and 15x7 et35 rears (with 205x50's) - posted by Barry_A on Sep 18 2007

I'm trying to figure out my next wheels for my 2002. I think I'm going to get Minilites and I just want to get the sizing perfect.

mine are ronal LSes @ 15x7.5" ET33 -8mm =25mm total (negative) offset (ronal spacers). fit fine with rounded-profile falkens, not so good with square-edged kuhmos. :)

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Oh yeah, don't ask me where to get longer studs, cause' I dunno. ;p...

Now you do:

http://www.prestigewheel.com/

I don't see where they have press in wheel studs; only screw in.

Tom Jones

BMW mechanic for over 25 years, BMWCCA since 1984
66 BMW16oo stored, 67 1600-2 lifelong project, 2 more 67-8 1600s, 86 528e 5sp 585k, 91 318i
Mom&Dad's, 65 1800TiSA, 70 2800, 72 2002Tii 2760007 orig owners, 15 Z4 N20

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