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      12-31-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Looking for a Second Opinion on Wheel Fitment

I've narrowed down my wheel plan for my 2006 BMW X3. I've been working with a VMR rep to purchase a set of V703 (VB3 CSL style) wheels. I want to go with an aggressive staggered set:

F 19x8.5 ET40 with 245/45R19
R 19x9.5 ET33 with 275/40R19

Tires will be Continental ExtremeContact DWS06.

VMR is advising against the rear with the 9.5 width because of concerns with fitment. Everything I read from other posts leads me to believe 19x9.5 ET33 is aggressive, but should fit my X3 without any trouble. This has 6mm less inner clearance and extends 32 mm beyond my stock 18x8 ET46 BWM style 113 wheels. I think the VMR rep is giving me the party line to avoid liability since this fitment is outside the very conservative BMW recommended sizes.

What do you all think? Will the 19x9.5 ET33 cause any problems for me? Thanks!
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I run 19X9 ET29 with 255/45ZR19's. That sits my wheels 29.7mm farther outboard and looks great, basically flush with fenders. Yours would be similar. I would be weary of 6mm less inner clearance though... You might want to get under the car with a tape and measure the clearance to the strut tower.

Side question: why are you thinking staggered? There are serious known dangers to the X-drive, specifically the transfer case, with staggered wheels. I would recommend just going square with the 19X9.5's and 275's on all four corners. But maybe you already thought about this, just curious why you would go that direction?

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VMR says a 9 inch width is as wide as they would go. Unfortunately, they don't offer this size in the rims I've been looking at. They only offer 8.5 or 9.5 widths.

I would love to go 275/40R19 square; I was playing it safe on the front fitment. The two tires I mentioned above are nearly identical in size so I think the xDrive would be ok.

The best VMR recommends in the rims I like (V703 or V718) would be 19x8.5 ET40 or ET35 with 245/45R19. I could probably fit a 255/45R19, but the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 isn't made in this size.
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Checkout @scw979 on instagram, he's also posted in this xbimmer forum, has the satin gunmetal wrapped 2007 x3 👌. He's running on Apex EC-7's: 19x9.5 et22 285/35 square. That's as aggressive as it gets. I think you should go for it. Get the 19X9.5 ET 33's and add 5mm spacers and you would be golden!
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Photo of @scw979's X3 with Apex EC-7's: 19x9.5 et22 285/35 square. Don't listen to VMR's sales guy if you like the flush wheel look. They are being conservative because they likely have never put a set on an X3 and are conservative as to not give wrong info that could warrant a return. Keep us posted, it's a small world in modified e83's - I can count us on 1 hand, seriously! If you are on instagram, follow me @BMW_x3_e83. I have a whole bunch of mods and goodies on the way in 2016, and will be posting most of it there. Also track down @swc969 (sunny), he paved the way for the most part.
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Thanks, Dfurseth! That's the confirmation I was looking for. Sunny's pics were my inspiration when I picked up this 2006 X3 last summer. I wanted to take it one step at a time. I lowered my X3 1.3" last summer with H&R Springs and new Bilstein shocks/struts. I have the same stock BMW Style 113 wheels I see you have in your instagram pics with 235/50R18 Pilot Super Sport tires. It rides great, but I'm ready for the next step... but I don't want to blow $1800+ if I'm going to get into trouble with rubbing. I purposely didn't go with coilovers as Sunny mentioned he has some rubbing when he has people in the back seats.

As for the fitment, Sunny is running camber arms & plates. I've got no camber issues right now. With no suspension changes and only the wider rims, do you think I'll see an issue? My only other concern has to do with the front vs the rear. I'd like these evenly aligned at the outside directly under the wheel well arch. If I go square, will the rears be sunk in more than the fronts? Everything I'm reading says yes.
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Regarding wheel alignment: the x3 suspension is designed for 0 degrees camber up front and -2 degrees in the rear. The wheel hub centers are aligned front to back (same cross dimension), but because the rear wheel has the slight negative camber that tilts the top of the wheel in ever-so-slightly. Like you, mine is also lowered 1.2" (Eibach pro springs) and the BMW shop I had it aligned at was able to get camber back into stock oem tolerances without camber plates. Personally, I wouldn't be to worried about the effect camber has on the wheel fitment because you can purchase a 5mm space to correct this issue if that bothers you down the road. My 19" summer wheels are square fitment and I haven't bothered with the rear correction yet since its so minor, was thinking of doing that this next season though. H&R sells spacers at almost every width from 5mm up.
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What do you think of a 9x20" wheel on an E83? I think I can fit a 265/35R20 on a 9" VMR V710. Offset on this wheel is ET35 and that only cuts 2 mm off the stock distance from the inside. VMR said this size rim would fit. I think I like the look of a 19" wheel better, but this is an option. Some of Sunny's initial pics were with 20" wheels. My E83 is black with some silver trim so I would go with the hyper silver wheels.

BTW, I like your mods! I'd like to talk more about these once I get my wheels nailed down.
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There are some people with 20's out there. BMW also offers 20" wheels on the newer x3's as an option so I don't think they are to large. Here are a few pics on e83's. The grey x3 on top with the eurokit has 20x8.5 ET30 front, ET20 rear. Looks sharp! So the 20x9 ET35 wheels you are looking at should fit nicely. And you can always add spacers down the road to push them out farther if desired.
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These are very close to what you are after. This guy has VMR v703's 20x10f ET45 20x10r ET38. Tires are 275/40zr20's...Looks amazing! This guy's instagram account is @swiftym3 if you want to see a few more pics.
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These are very close to what you are after. This guy has VMR v703's 20x10f ET45 20x10r ET38. Tires are 275/40zr20's...Looks amazing! This guy's instagram account is @swiftym3 if you want to see a few more pics.
those look great
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I agree. If he's running 20x10s those 19x9.5s I mentioned should work great. Thanks for the link to the pic.
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You should be able to fit 19x9.5 ET33 rears fine on a X3. It's not a lowered sedan or coupe so if the offset is too low, it will just stick out past your fenders. Of course you want a flush look where the wheels are tucked right inside your fender. You have a good amount of room for a broad range of widths and offsets. Feel free to PM us for any questions at all. We carry many different offset.




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BTW, I like your mods! I'd like to talk more about these once I get my wheels nailed down.
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