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Old 02-16-2010, 08:15 PM   #1
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Tight squeeze.

17x9.5 all around
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Are they going to fit?
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:20 PM   #2
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17x9.5 all around
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Are they going to fit?
You're going to rub the strut on the front suspension. Even if you used spacers to push them out 10mm, it's going to poke.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:30 PM   #4
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You're going to rub the strut on the front suspension. Even if you used spacers to push them out 10mm, it's going to poke.
So they will rub the strut even with spacers? Probably won't even fit in the rear. What is standard offset for e46?

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You're going to rub the strut on the front suspension. Even if you used spacers to push them out 10mm, it's going to poke.
No it won't. Once a 9.5 starts to reach the offset in the low/mid 30's is when it starts to poke in the front of an e46.

Those wheels will work but will require spacers to prevent rubbing on the strut side of the vehicle. Use a 10mm spacer for the rear and about a 15mm for the front, maybe 12 depending on what suspension you have.
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if i had the money, i would replace the barrels. i have a set sitting at my shop, i just havent gotten to wanting to mount it, im rollin around on my track wheels right now.

im thinkin about selling my bbs rs and just being normal.
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So they will rub the strut even with spacers? Probably won't even fit in the rear. What is standard offset for e46?
Spacers will resolve the issue of rubbing against the front struts, but then you have to contend with the wheel poking out past the fender. That may be problematic if you have a lowered suspension.

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No it won't. Once a 9.5 starts to reach the offset in the low/mid 30's is when it starts to poke in the front of an e46.
8.5 width with an et35 sits flush with the front fender. In order to clear the struts, it will definitely poke.

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I ran an 18x8 et20mm up front and the lip on the wheel was flush with the fender.As for the back it was a 18x9 24mm offset that needed the fenders trimmed and negative camber.Apex Motorsports sells a 18x9 square setup for the e46 and the offset is 42mm.So I think with some spacers you'l be fine maybe some tire stretching also
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Spacers will resolve the issue of rubbing against the front struts, but then you have to contend with the wheel poking out past the fender. That may be problematic if you have a lowered suspension.


8.5 width with an et35 sits flush with the front fender. In order to clear the struts, it will definitely poke.
I guess different cars create different results. ie. my alignment specs being different than yours. my -2* front camber gives me about 5mm or less of poke.


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You'll need at least a 9.5 +33 up front to clear the shock/coilover body. Anything higher, you will run into problems. With that said, you can throw on a 255 tire up front with some camber.

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I guess different cars create different results. ie. my alignment specs being different than yours. my -2* front camber gives me about 5mm or less of poke.


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I need to get my hands on a set of style 5's. ASAP!
Imo I would get the rs you were talking about.I like the step lip better how much you offering for them btw?
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I guess different cars create different results. ie. my alignment specs being different than yours. my -2* front camber gives me about 5mm or less of poke.
-2 is pretty aggressive compared to the stock specifications. Plus he'll have to stretch the tire as well. Then he'll just have to worry about the tires wearing quickly on the insides.
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A stretch wouldn't be too necessary. A 235/45/17 tire *should* fit with a bit of a slope on the sidewall, but not a huge stretch look. With a 20mm spacer I say it is doable depending on how low you go and with factory alignment, -1* front camber.

Being said, it still has to possibility of rubbing. Its what happens sometimes when you start doing custom, out of the ordinary fitment.
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