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17 Inch Wheels On BMW E36

12th May 2008

17 Inch Wheels On BMW E36

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I published the 18 Inch Wheels On BMW E36 which talks about the 18 inch wheels and shows some photos of how they’re supposed to look on the BMW E36 cars. Today, I’m doing the same but this time, I gathered photos for BMW E36 cars with 17 Inch wheels and without any drops. One of the things that I feel I need to tell you is that you should be prepared to pay for extra 1 to 4 miles per gallon if you decided to upgrade your car wheels from 15" to 17". Yes, the 17" wheels will make your mileage per gallon worse by 1 to 4 miles (at least on BMW 318is). In my opinion, the look upgrade deserves the sacrifice, but that’s just me 😈 I don’t know about you!

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  1. 1 On May 12th, 2008, mgr 328i csport said:

    #14 is SWEET looks majestic in that shot

  2. 2 On May 12th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @mgr 328i csport: You’re right, it’s fantastic! I would just drop it a little bit and won’t change anything else after that.

  3. 3 On May 13th, 2008, seth wakeman said:

    If you’re going to be talking about rim size, it would be good to know that if you’re going to put 18″s on an E36, the rear tires should be no wider than 235’s. When I put them on my first M3 sedan(saloon? to you), high speed turns would cause the rears to rub on the wheel well. Also, if anyone with an E36 wants to lower it AND put it on 18″s, don’t forget the camber correction plates available almost everywhere. Misaligned camber from lowering and big rims will cause tires to angle inwards and wear unevenly, and also cause worse rubbing especially on the front tires

  4. 4 On May 16th, 2008, Rickman said:

    how does extra mpg make sense? If the circumference of the wheel is greater, it will turn less RPM at the same MPH and use less gas. More homework, pls.

  5. 5 On May 17th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:


    This is wrong. When you use wheels with a larger radius, you will simply put more load on your engine and this will mean that you will need push even more gas to make the car more (starting from 0 speed). This what causes the drop in your MPG.

    Second, this is not my theoretical opinion, I read many posts that says the same thing. Moving from 15″ to 17″ will drop your MPG by 1-4.

    You can search for this and you will see lots of articles & posts claiming the same thing.

  6. 6 On May 18th, 2008, seth wakeman said:

    I have to agree with you Tony, unless of course you keep the rolling diameter the same. However, if you go up more than one inch of rim size, then it’s really hard to match the diameter. The larger the difference, the greater the increase in fuel consumption.
    People with off-road trucks can lose almost half their mpg’s because of up to 44″ tires. It also makes their speedometers wildly inaccurate.