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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 05-28-2009, 10:44 AM
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New Wheels!

These are from a 135i. This is with no spacers. No rubbing at all.

Front 18x7.5 offset 49 (215/40/18)
Rear 18x8.5 offset 52 (245/35/18)





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Old 05-28-2009, 10:45 AM
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:47 AM
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Thanks, I think they look so much better than what I had before!
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:12 AM
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Yep, no problems with those offsets. Very similar to the 68M and 135M offsets (+47 and +50). Looks great!
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5mm spacer on the rear would look nice... Wheels go well with the car
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:40 AM
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Yeah..I am thinking 5 or 10mm. You think I need one in the front as well?
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Yeah..I am thinking 5 or 10mm. You think I need one in the front as well?
Keep in mind spacers can cause premature wear of wheel bearings and stuff. I'd just get wider tires next time around (225/40/18 and 255/35/18), should help fill out the tire profile a bit. The sizes I posted are the 'correct' ones for the E46 anyway. Right now your speedo is going to read a *bit* high.
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Keep in mind spacers can cause premature wear of wheel bearings and stuff.
How does it do that? The weight of the wheel is out farther stressing the balls?
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Keep in mind spacers can cause premature wear of wheel bearings and stuff. I'd just get wider tires next time around (225/40/18 and 255/35/18), should help fill out the tire profile a bit. The sizes I posted are the 'correct' ones for the E46 anyway. Right now your speedo is going to read a *bit* high.
Supposedly only 0.4% different right now from what I calculated. There is NO WAY I could get a wider tire in the back without a spacer. It is pretty close right now. That is why I am contemplating a small spacer. Most likely, I will keep it like this until I need new tires. Then I might get some spacers, wider tires and drop it a tad.

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How does it do that? The weight of the wheel is out farther stressing the balls?

The LAST thing I need right now is for my balls to be stressed!!!
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How does it do that? The weight of the wheel is out farther stressing the balls?
Exactly....
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Supposedly only 0.4% different right now from what I calculated. There is NO WAY I could get a wider tire in the back without a spacer. It is pretty close right now. That is why I am contemplating a small spacer. Most likely, I will keep it like this until I need new tires. Then I might get some spacers, wider tires and drop it a tad.

I bet you could...every ZHP has 255/35/18 on +50 rear wheels. My tires are more than 2mm from the strut...

H&R does make a 3mm spacer, for what it's worth.


Edit: Also, your calculation is wrong, it's 1.1% (still not enough to really matter).
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Exactly....
How much life do yo think 5mm or 10mm wold make? Would your edumacated guestimate be? 5% shorter life or much more dramatic?
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How much life do yo think 5mm or 10mm wold make? Would your edumacated guestimate be? 5% shorter life or much more dramatic?
It's hard to say... jvr has had a bearing failure at very low miles simply due to his driving (sticky tires, lots of track days).

I guess it's enough of a loss that I wouldn't bother for simply aesthetic reasons. If the tires fit and don't rub, why bother...
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How much life do yo think 5mm or 10mm wold make? Would your edumacated guestimate be? 5% shorter life or much more dramatic?
Regardless of the rate of wear, it`s just a bad idea....you`re multiplying the leverage on the bearings substantially with spacers, plus you`re introducing another potential failure point at a *very* critical spot....and they serve NO function besides Show & Tell, so why bother ?
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just get them... I think 10 will be pushed out pretty far. 5mm will be more convervative.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:23 PM
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just get them... I think 10 will be pushed out pretty far. 5mm will be more convervative.
Really? 10mm is still less than 1/2"!
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Looks good. I'm not a fan of band-aid spacers either. Wear those tires out and go wider next time. 5mm more tire will fill that 5mm space you're trying to remove with a spacer.

For the record, I think my bearings were fine. It was the diagnosis that failed. But, I had an opportunity to buy and use a big honkin' torque wrench. Glad I did cuz I've used it a few times since then too!

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thats funny ... i'm trying to find smaller tires to stretch so I can run a larger spacer
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