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Old 05-13-2012, 03:55 AM   #7
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Location: Australia
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My Ride: 2004 M3
To fit the wheels I will need to at least roll my rear fenders. In preparation for this, I needed to get out that rubber/silicone stuff that's within the fender lip. The previous week I tried using just a stanley knife but that didn't work well. So just today my friend and I got to it using a wire wheel on a drill. It worked very well though I wish my drill was a little smaller - would make it easier to maneuver around the tight spaces.

Car with the rear wheels off.

It was pretty messy, but took 30min-1hr to get all the rubber/silicone out. Highly recommended method to anyone who wants to clean out their fender lips.

While the rear wheels were off, I decided to test fit the wheels to see if I could estimate how big a spacer I can use in the rear. As I am using a spacer at the front (probably a 12mm), the fronts will poke more than the rear so I wanted to match the rears by using a spacer.

Wheel on.

Car on the ground.

View from the rear.

There's a huge gap in the rear, especially now that the tyres are stretched. Looks so crap haha! Anyway, will look better once the car is lowered. I want to lower it a fair bit so that about half the tyre is tucked.

View from the top. As it stands, the wheels/tyres do poke. But that should all camber in when it's lowered. I know other M3s running this same setup and they need to roll their rear fenders.

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