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Old 01-29-2013, 03:34 AM   #1
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Staggered 18's for E46 Sedan

What the best setup for E46 sedans? I'm trying to go for a staggered setup on 18 inch wheels. I'm already on coils and riding pretty low on my stock 17's and obvious I plan on raising my car to fit the size difference when I get 18's.

I plan on doing a fender roll but no pull and I want a flush fitment with an aggresive look. I tried looking it up but all my searches either ended the topic with the OP going for a square setup or just a bunch of setups for coupes.

I might be asking this in the wrong forum but I don't mind tire stretching and light negative camber, just don't want to get a fender pull or go square setup.
Wheel and tire specs if possible and pictures would be a plus too!
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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I'm not an expert, by any stretch... but does this help?

According to the wheel registry site (http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com), the style 135's on the ZHP cars had this setup:
8x18 ... 225/40R18 ... ET47
8.5x18 ... 255/35R18 ... ET50

Might not push it out as flush as you want, but it's a start. Spacers, maybe?

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:12 AM   #3
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I'm just glad somebody replied. It's a very good start.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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I have 225/40s on 8" wide ET29 wheels in the front. They're pretty flush. In the back I now have 235/40s on 8.5" but had 255/35s before that (either size is fine) ET40 but with 5mm spacers. I didn't want any fender rolling so I went conservative in the back, for flush with a sedan on 8.5" rims in the rear you'd probably want about ET30-32 or so (which would be an 8-10mm spacer for me). I'm running the H&R Touring cupkit.

Easiest way is to seach through pictures of peoples cars you like and ask them their wheel setup, you'll get where you want faster than fishing in here.

P.S. If I were starting from scratch and didn't get such a killer deal on rims with tires I would've gone square. I'm fine with it how it is though.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:42 AM   #5
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I have 225/40s on 8" wide ET29 wheels in the front. They're pretty flush. In the back I now have 235/40s on 8.5" but had 255/35s before that (either size is fine) ET40 but with 5mm spacers. I didn't want any fender rolling so I went conservative in the back, for flush with a sedan on 8.5" rims in the rear you'd probably want about ET30-32 or so (which would be an 8-10mm spacer for me). I'm running the H&R Touring cupkit.

Easiest way is to seach through pictures of peoples cars you like and ask them their wheel setup, you'll get where you want faster than fishing in here.

P.S. If I were starting from scratch and didn't get such a killer deal on rims with tires I would've gone square. I'm fine with it how it is though.
I've asked around, they do massive tire stretching, they do whatever it takes to make it fit to the way they want it. A guy that lives near me went as far as to stretch 15 inch tires on his 18's... That's a little too much...

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We recommend 18x8.5 ET35 front and 18x9.5 ET45 rear. If you are rolling your fenders you could probably run 235/40/18 front and 265/35/18 reas, whereas typically our customers run a 255/35/18 rear.
Thanks for this! It's nice to see a wheel company give recommendations! Now if I can get a good deal on VMR VB3's or V710's...
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I've asked around, they do massive tire stretching, they do whatever it takes to make it fit to the way they want it. A guy that lives near me went as far as to stretch 15 inch tires on his 18's... That's a little too much....
This is a lie
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Asked him what tires he was running.
215/35/15 on 18x9.5 +35 all around.

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Asked him what tires he was running.
215/35/15 on 18x9.5 +35 all around.
I think your mistaken, you can stretch tire width not diameter. If you believe that a 15" tire can fit on a 18" wheel then I have some racing stickers that I can sell you. Guaranteed to add 20RWHP.
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We recommend 18x8.5 ET35 front and 18x9.5 ET45 rear. If you are rolling your fenders you could probably run 235/40/18 front and 265/35/18 reas, whereas typically our customers run a 255/35/18 rear.
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he probably said he streatched a 15 series tire. meaning 215, so hes on a 215/35/18 (width/sidewall ratio/inner diameter)

Im running a square M3 setup right now with 18mm rear spacers and 8mm front spacers and i sit just flush. Im swapping my rears out for a STAGGERED setup. Im going to be on 18x9,5s with 255/40/18s on the back and 225/35/18s on the front. My Fenders are rolled almost flat (use A LOT of heat) and then i pulled them maybe 1/4" (phone book method)

Wheels should be on next friday, if you are interested I can post picks
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I completely skipped over the 15" tire deal. That's physically impossible. He probably made a typo or meant something else if that's the case.

People rip the sidewalls of tires all the time trying to get tires of the right diameter over the rims of their wheels, let alone trying to fit them on wheels three inches bigger.
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