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Old 07-06-2010, 05:39 PM
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Question Rim question on e46 M3: 18x8.5 and 18x9.5?

Okay: So I poked around, I didn't see any info on this at first glance, but, I have a question regarding rims... (on my 2001 m3)

I need to get some new rims, as the 17s" I have now can't be balanced to due to a subtly mis-matched rim on the front. I know I can use a 18x8 and 18x9 setup, but I'm also seeing a lot of rims that claim they'll fit that are an extra half inch wider...(18x8.5 and 18x9.5) What's up with that? Are they cool to use? Can I still use the recommended 225/zr45 18 front and 255zr/40 18 rear tire sizes, or will I need to use something else? I need to do some buying in real near future here... and on the cheap.

I ask because I may have to get these, due to budget limits. They're a bit ugly, but I think you could do worse... maybe.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Brand
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:51 PM
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Sure, the M3 will tolerate a wider wheel. After some tredpidation about a reproduction wheel, I bought a set of (wider than OE) Velocity Motoring 18s with 245/40 up front and 255/40 in the rear. I like this setup. The VMs are also available quite cheaply, by the way, though not at Tire Rack.

And opinions on wheel styling are a personal thing, but I agree that you could do worse than that MD5 -- at least with five spokes it will be easy to clean!
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:45 PM
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That's good news to hear. I know that German autos, and the m3 especially, are high precision machines, so I was worried about any issues I might get running a wider wheel. I hear the m3 can rub when using different wheel setups and then there is the issue of off set, or how far the tire sticks out past your fenders, or some other issue I'm not aware of.

But if your using such wheels with no issues (like uneven tire wear, or tir rod/ rod bearing strain, something else? I'm pretty far form an expert...) than I may just have to give it a try.

Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:47 PM
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I think I'm going to try and get something this weekend, but before I do, does anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:05 PM
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I also found these.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...d=180528790493

Any thoughts or warnings?
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:06 PM
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I have BMW M3 Competition Package wheels and they are 19 x 8.5F and 19 x 9.5R. They look great in black but they are overpriced.
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