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This seemed to be the most likely thread where I can hopefully get some advice.
I now have a brand new set of Style 32's in 18" x 9" form, with an offset of ET 24.
I was going to order up some 265/35/18's for these wheels as I think that would be the perfect fit. I have measured the front wheel on the car and it's incredibly close to the front strut, approximately 6-7 mm away.
Once I get tires mounted on the wheels, it will be my real test, but as of right now, the rear is a non-issue, and the front wheel fits, just barely and does spin freely. May be a different story once the 265's are on there, but I still think it would likely clear, but only by a smidge.
Going with the theories in this thread that the end result should be a net offset of 19 (how come not 20 as the OE fronts are an ET 20?) - this means I would need to use a 5mm spacer in the front minimum to get that end result of a 19mm offset. I ran some 20mm spacers awhile back on some aftermarket style 5's and they came with extended lugs and E39 center hub diameter on the spacers. Will I also need to do this for a 5mm spacer set? Or is the 5mm thin enough where the lug bolts will grab the hub and the wheel will still grab the center of the hub?
How come the desired end result is 19mm instead of 20mm for the offset like the OE wheels?
I may very well be able to get away with only 3mm spacer in front and none in the rear, but I'd like to keep the track width the same, so if I did it to the front, I'd also likely do it to the rear, even though the rear does not need it.
Thanks! I will post up a pic or two here so you can see the clearance.
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