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BMW 3 Series E46 Wheel Guide

BMW 3 Series E46 Non-M (1998-2006)

BMW 3 Series E46 Wheel Guide

Wheel Fitment Guide for BMW E46

Factory Wheel Specs:

  • PCD: 5x120
  • Diameter: 18"
  • Width: 8"
  • Offset: ET30

If you're looking for aftermarket alloy wheels for a BMW E46, you really are spoilt for choice depending on the overall style you want to achieve.

While you're free to choose pretty much any diameter and width that you want, there are a number of tried and tested wheel sizes that will give your car the road presence it deserves without affecting the chuckable handling characteristics that they became famous for.

Driftworks have a huge array of wheels available in-store including designs from the likes of WORK Wheels, JR, Rota and 7Twenty. You can check them all out here.

Recommended Wheel Sizes

BMW 3 Series E46 Bolt On Wheel Fitment

Bolt-on Fitment

These wheel sizes are for those who simply wish to fit a set of aftermarket wheels to their E46 without modifying any of their bodywork. 17x8 wheels will bolt straight on (so long as you're not using massively oversized tyres), with ET30 being the optimum offset to achieve a "flush" fitment.

Recommended Bolt-on Fitment Sizes:
17x8 ET30

BMW 3 Series E46 Modified Wheel Fitment

Modified Fitment (Arches Will Need Rolling)

These wheel sizes are for those who are willing to roll and/or pull their wheel arches, or fit bolt-on extended arches. Combined with a stretched tyre and a small dose of negative camber you'll have a seriously strong looking E46 with minimal effort.

Recommended Modified Fitment Sizes:
18x9 ET35

BMW 3 Series E46 Modified Wheel Fitment

Extreme Fitment (Arch & Suspension Changes)

With wide arch kits, tire stretch and negative camber anything can fit if you put your mind to it. 9"-11"+ wheel widths are all possible should you be willing to modify the bodywork on your BMW E46 with extended arches, overfenders or a large amount of metalwork.

Driftworks have a huge array of wheels available in-store including designs from the likes of WORK Wheels, JR, Rota and 7Twenty.

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