We created this FAQ to try to answer most common questions you may have around BMW wheels and their fitments.
The most critical dimensions you need to be aware are wheel width and offset, these dimension gain even more importance when looking at BMW wheels that offer multiple widths and offsets combinations for the same model depending on the wheel size. Wheel offsets change based on the desired final placement of the wheel within the wheel well. You can’t just put a wider wheel on without adjusting its offset so that it either sits in a similar position as the original, or it clears other components on the car like brakes, strut/shock, suspension arms, inner and outer bodywork including fenders. To check your offset for your BMW you can either refer to our wheel fitting chart or by searching for the OEM wheel for the specific BMW model you have. Find out what wheel width and offset your BMW has.
BMW wheels come in different sizes from 15” to 22” with different widths and offsets. To answer your question we have created a BMW fitment guide lists that encompasses the different BMW wheel sizes that will fit each BMW model along with the tire size and wheel offset. Our chart contains BMW’s current model range in addition to previous models manufactured in the past. We have created as comprehensive a chart as possible. Check wheel sizes, width and offset.
As a general rule, 4×100 wheels will all interchange. They’re all 57.1 center bore. Your only concern will be the offset. The 5×120 wheels, basically have 3 variants. E39 wheels (74.1mm Center Bore), 5×120 low offset (72.56 Center Bore) and 5×120 high offset (72.56 Center Bore). You can make various offsets work with spacers and/or fender rolling, etc.
|BMW Model||Bolt Pattern||Center Bore|
E21, E30 non-M)
|4×100 (3.93″)||57.1mm (2.24″)|
|5×120 (4.72″)||72.56mm (2.86″)|
|5×120 (4.72″)||74.1mm (2.92″)|
(G01, G30, etc)
|5×112 (4.41″)||66.56mm (2.62″)|
The Center Bore is the large hole in the center of the wheel. When the wheel is fitted to the car, this hole will fit tightly with a lip protruding from the hub and brake rotor. BMW wheels are designed to fit on this lip tightly and is known as a hub-centric fitment. If the wheel does not fit tight with this lip it will wobble and vibrate and potentially cause catastrophic failure.
All BMW models have a 5×120 bolt pattern, except the series 3 E30/31 which has a 4×100 bolt pattern.
Bolt pattern or bolt circle is the diameter of an imaginary circle formed by the centers of the wheel lugs. Bolt patterns can be 4-, 5-, 6-, or 8-lug holes. A bolt circle of 5×120 would indicate a 5-lug pattern on a circle with a diameter of 120mm.
Many owners are unsure if they’re able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think. BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to dedicated winter tires. It’s important to note that in most cases, the vehicle did not come with a spare tire. If you decide to make the switch to non-run-flat tires, a road hazard would leave you stranded on the side of the road without a spare to put on the car. However take note that BMWs equipped with Run Flat tires have the suspensions adjusted to hard sidewalls of the run flats, changing to regular tires may give you a slightly different ride experience.
BMW Car Tires Michelin offers a large range of BMW tires for your model, simply input your BMW model information and Michelin will guide you to the best tires to fit your vehicle and performance needs.
Without wheel spacers certain wheels would sit too close to the existing component of the vehicle such as the inner wheel well. To check if you need a spacer, head out to willtheyfit.com, if the inner rim of the wheel sits to deep in the wheel well, you should consider using a spacer.
BMW has 4 type of center caps , 60mm for the 4×100 bolt pattern, 68mm, 74mm and 78mm. Check you wheels center hole to determine what center caps you need or find your wheel details here.
Direct TPMS sensors are the most accurate, usually incorporating a special valve and an external sensor that monitors tyre pressure. Direct systems are much more accurate than indirect systems because they take into account factors like tyre temperature. A wireless signal is sent from the TPMS sensor on each wheel to the vehicle’s computer and the pressure is displayed on the dashboard, or a warning light illuminated.
Indirect TPMS sensors usually work with the Anti Lock Braking system to monitor wheel speed and detect a decrease in wheel radius. As a tyre deflates, the wheel will turn faster compared to the other wheels and the system detects this. Indirect systems are much easier and cheaper for vehicle manufacturers to implement; however they are less accurate.
Check your specific bmw wheel type and car model to see if you need a TMPS or not.