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E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014)
4th generation E90 M3 sedan, E92 M3 coupe and E93 M3 convertible. The last of the naturally aspirated M3s, powered by a 4.0 liter V8 making 414hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Old 11-29-2009, 09:54 PM
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Finally! I found wheels from another BMW that fits! (I think)

As some of you might recall in previous threads, I have been looking for a cheap set of winter tires/wheels. Since I will only use them for 5 - 10 days per year, I didn't want to buy a new set, and everyone selling a used set off of an M3 was charging an arm and a leg.

So, after looking around, I finally found a set of rims + tires that a guy was willing to sell a set of winter wheels/tires off his E39 (2003 540i sport) for $550 (local pickup). I checked the wheel manufacturer's website (which formerly showed 18" options for M3s, but only 20" now), and it showed that the offsets for my E90 M3 were the same as a non-M E39. I wasn't completely sure if it'd work, but at that price, I figured it was worth a try.

Wheels are TSW Nogaros with fairly new Continental ContiWinter Contact TS810S tires (235/40 R18 all around, despite diff wheel widths).
Front: 18x8", +20 offset
Rear: 18x9", +20 offset

After keeping in storage for 6 weeks, I finally tried them on today. Everything seems to fit well, with no rubbing (I turned the front wheels lock-to-lock). The closest thing to rubbing was on the front wheels. There's only a small gap around the brake caliper, and when the wheel weights go past the caliper, I barely hear a faint rubbing sound.

I THINK I'll be okay, but just to check the collective genius of this forum, is there any chance that the calipers will expand (due to heat to cause any problems)? I plan on getting the wheels rebalanced and moving the wheel weights so they're not in the way.

Anyway other than that question above, I mainly wanted to post that YES, you can CAN use aftermarket wheels from other Bimmers and save some $$$.
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:42 AM
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Make sure you have some hubcentric rings as the center bore on the E39s is slightly larger than any other BMW.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:28 AM
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Make sure you have some hubcentric rings as the center bore on the E39s is slightly larger than any other BMW.
Yes, when I test-fitted them, I didn't use the wheels, but I'm definitely buying a set of rings before putting them on for a drive.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:33 PM
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Is there any particular reason why you wouldn't select the wheels available on TireRack for winter M3 fitment?

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...t=2&qty_rear=2

Sport Edition A7 in 18x8 +20 and 18x9 +20. Guaranteed to fit, with correct center bore and similar price (around $600 shipped).
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:02 PM
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Is there any particular reason why you wouldn't select the wheels available on TireRack for winter M3 fitment?

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...t=2&qty_rear=2

Sport Edition A7 in 18x8 +20 and 18x9 +20. Guaranteed to fit, with correct center bore and similar price (around $600 shipped).
Those wheels are great (that's what I used during my ED trip in March), however the WHEELS alone are $600, plus another $600-700 for tires. I got wheels AND tires (in good condition) for $550. I'm not saying my choice is for everyone, but considering my expected use, $1200-$1300 was more than I'd prefer to pay.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:04 PM
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Those wheels are great (that's what I used during my ED trip in March), however the WHEELS alone are $600, plus another $600-700 for tires. I got wheels AND tires (in good condition) for $550.
I see. I think if I could find a deal like you did, I'd put up with center bore rings too...
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