Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tampa, FL
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Re: bmw e36 rims on my s10 questions
I did a quick search and came up empty on adapters that go from 5x120.65 to 5x120 as well- my bad- I figured they made adapters for just about everything under the sun, especially since 5x120 is the GTO/G8 and newer Camaro bolt pattern.
To put the offset/backspacing into simpler terms, the factory 2wd 15x7 wheels have zero offset- 4" of backspacing (how deep they are on the inside). The wheels you are looking at range from 5.4" to 5.8" of backspacing (35-46mm offset), depending on which ones you have. This difference moves the tires closer to the frame and suspension components. Some guys run as wide 9" rims up front, but they only have 5" of backspacing.
If you are not lowered, maybe they'll clear the tie rod ends, possibly not the brake calipers though; if you are lowered, you won't even be able to bolt them on, let alone get the center caps on without spacers. Even if you could bolt them on they would rub like mad before you even got to full lock when turning.
Some guys do run BMW wheels, and you could get straight spacers (5x4.75"), but keep in mind that required lug nut torque is already at good chunk of the studs load rating- with the added stress, why take the chance? Not trying to be a killjoy- just trying to save you (and maybe someone else) some grief.