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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-06-2012, 04:25 PM
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After doing some frolicking around the forum, I am still unsure about the question I set out to answer. Will only the front BMW M Rims fit for an e36 (94 325iConv)? From what I've read, it sounds like only the fronts will fit, as the backs are too wide. Specifically looking to get the M Contour Rims. Thanks for any & all input.

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Old 09-06-2012, 04:30 PM
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After doing some frolicking around the forum, I am still unsure about the question I set out to answer. Will only the front BMW M Rims fit for an e36 (94 325iConv)? From what I've read, it sounds like only the fronts will fit, as the backs are too wide. Specifically looking to get the M Contour Rims. Thanks for any & all input.

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If they're real M wheels they're not staggered and they'll fit without a hitch
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:05 PM
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You can fit any E36 ///M wheel on any E36 BMW. In fact, many people prefer to use only rear ///M wheels on all four corners of their cars so they get maximum width.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:56 PM
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Only M rims from a E46 fronts will fit E36 if you're looking for 18' style 67. I learn that the hard way, because I had to have 67's on my vert..


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If they're real M wheels they're not staggered and they'll fit without a hitch
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You can fit any E36 ///M wheel on any E36 BMW. In fact, many people prefer to use only rear ///M wheels on all four corners of their cars so they get maximum width.
I didn't think you could comfortably get anything over 8" up front and maintain proper geometry.....is that incorrect?

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Old 09-06-2012, 10:22 PM
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Yep, incorrect. Lots of people put M3 rear wheels/tires up front on E36s, so they have 8.5" wheels on all four corners. Very common among tracktards. No spacers needed as long as you stay with 245/40R17 tires, which is the OEM M3 rear tire fitment. My Kosei K1s are 17x8.5" et40 (OEM M3 rear wheels are 17x8.5" et41), and I have 245/40R17 tires all around with no fitment issues whatsoever. It's tight, but there is just enough room to safely allow for a bit of tire flex under load.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:51 PM
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:57 PM
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Yes, but the OP is asking if you can only use the front M3 wheels on the rear of a non-M car, which is false. Not only can you use M3 rear wheels on the rear of a non-M car, but you can use M3 rear wheels on the front of a non-M car.
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E36 if you're looking for 18' style 67.
I want to see the fitment of those 18 foot wheels (18') Kaptainkid was talking about.













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I didn't think you could comfortably get anything over 8" up front and maintain proper geometry.....is that incorrect?
I have 9.5" all around and im comfortable....
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:21 PM
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I test fit the 8.5 up front with my car with 25mm spacers and 205/40-17 and there was no rub.

I need two 8.5 ds2's
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