What fits my E34 or E32:
None of the 3 series wheels fit (except E30 M3), nor the
If you want to use E39 wheels (hub center = 74mm) you will
need hubcentric rings (parts# A670 from tirerack @$4.00 ea).
Hubcentric rings for fitting E39 rims.
Any E23, E24, E28, E31, E32, E38 and E60 will
fit your E34 without any modification along with E30 M3.
You need to be careful with E31 wheels... the fronts are
generally et10-et13, putting the wheels further outward. They
will work but will alter the suspension geometry and widths
235mm or greater may rub at full steering wheel lock.
3-series wheels can be used on the E34 with 20mm hubcentric
spacers and longer bolts. I have seen it done although I would
not use such large spacers on my own car. (Thank you Rob L.)
16" E38 wheels. By Drew Z.:
16" rims from an E38 ('95-01) 7 series will fit the E34
but may require spacers in the front. A BBS-style cross-spoke
wheel is available (from the 740) and a forged alpina-like
"multi-spoke" wheel (from the 750). Both wheels
are 16x8 with 23mm offset.
These wheels fit fine a stock 530iT with 225/55/16 Dunlop
SP5000's but rubbed the front on the lowered '90 535i (enough
to remove the dirt, not the paint from the strut towers).
Micah O'C. used the same size wheels and tires Brigestone
KDWS's. They rubbed the front strut towers enough to remove
some paint and some of the lettering from the tires.
A small spacer might be required depending on E34 model and
tire choice. 5 mm spacers are not hubcentric and may cause
some shimmy. A 10mm hubcentric spacer will probably work and
will reduce the likelihood of shimmy. A 3mm spacer may work
without shimmy because it will provide more room on the hub
for the of the wheel to mount on. 5mm spacers milled down
to 3mm might do the work if you can't find a 3mm spacer for
sale. When using spacers don't forget to use longer lug bolts.
Will E34 M5 18" rims fit my E34?
Those are the BMW M Parallel (Styling 37 M).These are an
e34 1995 M5 specific fit, and the parts # s from BMW
are the following:
Front: 36 11 2 227 931 (8X18) 20mm offset
Rear: 36 11 2 227 933 (9X18) 22mm offset
You can use 245-40-18 tire for the front and 265-35-18 for
525iX 4x4 cars - Pierre-Yves
Keldermans drives a Touring one, bought in Belgium.
The 525iX does have a lot of specific parts, so it has a specific
type of wheels ; the only "BMW accepted" wheel/tyre
size is 225-55-16 (95V) on a 7.5-16-ET54 wheel (Style 6 alloy
or std. iron).
As you see, the ET54 is very different from the other E34's.
I found the "Style 6" not to be my prefered style,
so I kept those alloys for winter tyres and begun to look
for 17" with an ET54 ... with no luck as it is very specific
to the iX. :-(
Finally, I looked at the Alpina version of the iX, called
"B10 3.0 Allrad". Alpina sells nice 17" alloys
for the iX but the price is VERY nice also ... so I had to
find something else.
The interesting thing I got from Alpina is that their wheels
for the 525iX/B10 Allrad are 17-8-ET46, with 235-45-17 (front
wheels only) and 245-45-17 (front and/or rear wheels).
ET46 ! Looks like at lot of E46 3-series have such wheels,
and some E36 wheels also exist in 17-8.5-ET41.
Some calculations showed me that 17-8-ET46 and 17-8.5-ET41
would fit perfectly on my car with a lot beheviour changes
on the road, so in the summer I'm now driving with M3 wheels
One extra remark : the 525iX is noticiably heavier than a
E36 and probably E46, so the alloys must be strong enough.