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Old 06-05-2019, 05:46 PM
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Widest wheels R53?

I was wondering what's the widest size wheel I can get for my R53. Its all stock as far as suspension and ride heights go. Don't plan on lowering it at all. Might upgrade the suspension but don't want it any lower and don't want to rub at all.
 
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Old 06-06-2019, 03:43 AM
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I have seen 8.5" wide fitted with stock suspension. Depends on tire size too of course.
 
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I was wondering what's the widest size wheel I can get for my R53. Its all stock as far as suspension and ride heights go. Don't plan on lowering it at all. Might upgrade the suspension but don't want it any lower and don't want to rub at all.
You probably can't go much wider without cutting the body and adding flares if you don't want it to rub. The wheels are out to the edge on these cars stock and adding width means either adding it inboard or hitting the body. I would measure the car at full steering lock and see how close you are to the suspension and body and that should give you a rough idea.
 
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:24 AM
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Yeah there's definitely a lot to think about here. I was hoping to go up to at least a 225 tire, all depends on offset and such, I know. Just thinking maybe somebody had already done the dirty work and found the perfect size but I guess I'll have to get on the ground and see for myself. Thanks guys.
 
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Yep, 8.5 might be the limit. I have seen wider but it requires rolling metal /cutting the plastic arches and some wide wheels that poke or with 30mm spacers. On the newer MINIs like the F60/F54 we got 10" wheels to fit in the rear but it had crazy poke.
 
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Yeah there's definitely a lot to think about here. I was hoping to go up to at least a 225 tire, all depends on offset and such, I know. Just thinking maybe somebody had already done the dirty work and found the perfect size but I guess I'll have to get on the ground and see for myself. Thanks guys.
Oh you meant tire size? 225 can be done, but as you said, offset and overall diameter need to be spot on. Also depends on tire manufacturer. 225 printed on the side of the tire doesn't always mean 225mm tread width. Search the forums, I'm pretty sure I've seen it done here.
 
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:44 AM
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I don't want a ton of poke. I noticed the negative camber on all 4 and it seems if I were to get some spacers it would flush the top of the wheels and the bottoms would poke, I'm fine with that. But I don't want the top poking out. I don't want spacers because function over form, duh. But the wider tires would do a good justice to both. I have to rotate my tires tomorrow so I likely will be looking into it then and I'll report back what I've found.
 
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