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Been looking around for a while and I really like the csl style rims for the e46. I want to get set for my Steel blue 04 MT 325i sedan but i can't decide on size- 18 or 19. I'd really like to see what both sizes look like on the car Are there any pros/cons to either? PICTURES with both sizes would be great. thanks!
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ps.- what kind of tires do i need to run? any specific brand? thanks!
 

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I'd say 18.. jus becos i like being low, as low as i can lol. I went from 17, 18, 19, now im back to 18 on LM reps. 19's, tire prices add up really fast.. i seem to find good deals on 18's, alot cheaper. and 17's, even better. 19's are really bumpy for me too, not enough tire and i felt everything. 18 i can bear, its not bad at all, and my ride height sits perfect. quite pretty ;) jus my opinion.
 

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19's fill gaurds up nicely. But 18's if you wanna go low... I had 19" CSLs on and my rear was dropped about 3.5 inches.. Didn't look right. My 18's that i have on now suit it better, but I have raised it about an inch since having the CSLs on.
 

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I have the same ? I'm looking at the 19 csl wheels I have a 2005 325ci coupe, will they fit? Do I need spacers so they are flush? And what size tire do I run?
 

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I have the same ? I'm looking at the 19 csl wheels I have a 2005 325ci coupe, will they fit? Do I need spacers so they are flush? And what size tire do I run?
I have the same car. I had 8.5" 19's all around with i think +45 offset. so pretty standard wheels, ones you would get at any wheel shop. For me to pull off a 'stanced' look i would have needed probably 15mm spacers easy..

So if you do go 19 CSLs i'd say go at least 9" or 9.5" on the rear with a decent offset.. nothing too crazy or you will need to roll guards and stuff.. but its up to you I guess. Tyre size would probably be 245/35 or 235/35, not real sure but around there.
 

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Steel Blue sedan for ya, 4 front 19" OEM CSL's powder coated in gloss black. H&R 29484 springs with 235/35/19r tires. Also running 12mm spacers all around.
 

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I really like the way your car looks with the 19's and springs. How is the handling of the car & have you driven the car aggresively with the setup? Any rubbing issues when turning?

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Jeremy
 

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The car drives great, its a little on the stiff side but I do have poly bushings all around. I used to run conti tires but the stiff sidewalls made the ride really rough. The front only rubs if I am full lock and hit a bump. I do drive aggresively on occasion and have no problems with my current setup.
 

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My old set-up. I think 18's are perfect for sedans but that's just me.

Wheels: Hypersilver VMR CSLs 18x8.5, square all around, et 40
Tires:Tire Rack - 235x40x18s(Would go with 245's and et 35s all around if I had to do it over again)
Suspension: OEM sport package, no fender work, no rubbing issues.

 

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Don't get 19s, You'll feel ever bump you hit and if you hit a bump hard enough you'll crack or bend the wheel. Your best bet is going for 18s with a sidewall of 40. You'll be set. I've had pretty much every kind of wheel on my car, 17 & 18s are the best
 

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