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Old 01-24-2014, 04:57 AM   #1
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330Ci M-Sport with Style 68 with spacers?

A lot of threads and a lot of questions but I still couldn't find any good answers...

So the question is what is the correct spacer set up for a 330Ci M-Sport with staggered Style 68 wheels?
- 7.5x17" ET 41 Front with 225/45/17 tyres, spacers xx mm?
- 8.5x17" ET 50 Rear with 245/40717 tyres, spacers xx mm?

And no, I do not intend to roll the fenders nor to use narrower tyres at the rear.

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Old 01-24-2014, 10:17 AM   #2
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Check out this thread:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ight=68+spacer
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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Yep thanks. Been through that thread quite a few times. Its great stuff if you wanna go with 225 tyres in the rear but what if you wanna stick with the standard 245 rear tyres?

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Old 01-24-2014, 11:37 AM   #4
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Ask Mango. He has spacers and stock tire sizes.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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If you measure the distance between the outer side of the wheel and the inside of fender with a straight edge it will give you that answer. Just subtract a couple of mm's for suspension travel


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Old 01-24-2014, 11:47 AM   #6
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On a sedan, 15mm spacers front and 12.5mm spacers in back is safe. I used to have 15mm in the back but as soon as installed M3 balljoints with the same alignment specs (camber) the 15mm started rubbing. so I swapped front and rear. Did not want to roll. The rubbing was very minor. Maybe 1 or 2mm off. All it did was rub dirt off.

So on a coupe that has a wider rear body (very slightly) i'd say 15s would be safe both in front and rear. thats w/ stock 68s and stock tire sizes
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Thanks Mango! That was my assumption as well, thanks for confirming!
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this is how your front will look with 12.5mm:




rear is hard to compare w/ sedan vs. coupe but you'll get an idea.
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Great! Looks damn good!
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Thanks Mango, you answered a question I never asked.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:56 PM   #11
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mine is a 325i wagon running style 68mm - what spacers can you recommend and where to buy? do i need to change my lug nuts too?

TIA

edit: running hancook 245 back and 225 front i think.

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You need new lug bolts with any significantly sized spacers (> 5mm probably).
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What makes you think spacers are needed at all?

Yes, I get that you want them, but they are not needed.
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What makes you think spacers are needed at all?

Yes, I get that you want them, but they are not needed.
Who said they were needed?
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i'll ask too..

mine is a 325i wagon running style 68mm - what spacers can you recommend and where to buy? do i need to change my lug nuts too?

TIA

edit: running hancook 245 back and 225 front i think.
It depends on the type and width of the spacer you wan't to go with whether you need new bolts or not. Anything below 15mm will be spacers that fit between the wheel and hub and they always require longer wheel bolts. If you go with 15mm+ you have a choice of spacer types. The most common is the one where the spacer goes between the wheel and the hub and you replace your existing bolts with longer ones. The other option is to use spacers that bolt to the hub with special bolts (included in the set) and provide new threaded holes for the existing wheel bolts.

There are numerous good choices for spacers. One of the most well known and respected is H&R which you can buy through most tuning shops. I'm sure your US forum buddies can advice where to buy them. I went with 15mm bolt on spacers. They are German made by FK Automotive. However, I don't think they sell their products in the States.

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What makes you think spacers are needed at all?
Yes, I get that you want them, but they are not needed.
Yep, there is no need as such to use spacers with Style 68 wheels. It's all about looks and perhaps a slight edge on the drive feel on track

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Nobody said they were needed. We all know they're primarily for looks.


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