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Old 07-15-2014, 10:19 AM   #141
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Love these wheels but I would like to stick with 17"s for comfort purposes and the fact that I just got a new set of 225/45 17s. Since I want to use my current tire set, should I go with the 17x8.5" ET40 or 17x9" ET42?

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Old 07-15-2014, 03:09 PM   #142
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Love these wheels but I would like to stick with 17"s for comfort purposes and the fact that I just got a new set of 225/45 17s. Since I want to use my current tire set, should I go with the 17x8.5" ET40 or 17x9" ET42?

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With the 225/35/17 tires that you currently have, we would recommend the 17x8.5" ET40 ARC-8 wheel, as the tires would be too undersized for a 9" wide wheel We would recommend a 235/40/17 tire when it comes time to replace the tires in the future for the 17x8.5" ET40 ARC-8's though.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:40 AM   #143
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:52 PM   #144
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Very beautiful shot of your E46 zaharias, thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:58 PM   #145
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:31 PM   #146
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:13 PM   #147
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:59 PM   #148
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:50 PM   #149
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:18 PM   #151
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Here are my 18x9 on 255/35/18 all around. Stock Sport Suspension, no spacers no fender modifications, no rubbing

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Old 09-11-2014, 02:09 PM   #152
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Great color choice for wheels ElrichMeister, they really compliment the car. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:32 PM   #153
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I must have looked at every wheel out there, but kept coming back to the ARC-8's. Their style/performance/value equation can't be beat.

They're 18x8.5 (square) setup in Hyperblack and the tires are Bridgestone RE760's. They were bought to mount on another set of wheels so they're narrow at 225/40-18 - will go to 235/40-18 next time.

A nice E39 M5 pulled up beside me right after I got them mounted and we shared a little mutual admiration moment - couldn't be happier with the purchase.
What Offset? Looking to mount my set of BBS RC303s 18x8.5 ET38 on my 330I ZHP and am trying to figure out tire size.
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Old 05-13-2015, 01:29 PM   #154
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Thinking concave black ARC8s with some camber and extended wheel studs on a wagon... Anyone have pictures of something similar?
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:51 AM   #155
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I have a set of 4 Arc-8s 9.5X18 ET35.
Car is E46 M3 coupe stock suspension.
Can i put staggered tires on square wheels?
I was thinking of putting 1.2 spacer rear and put a wide stretching 235/40 front and 265/35 rear?
I was thinking of a 235 or 245 for the front for the steering wheel not to be heavy.
Car is only for weekends and street use..
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:53 PM   #156
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I have a set of 4 Arc-8s 9.5X18 ET35.
Car is E46 M3 coupe stock suspension.
Can i put staggered tires on square wheels?
I was thinking of putting 1.2 spacer rear and put a wide stretching 235/40 front and 265/35 rear?
I was thinking of a 235 or 245 for the front for the steering wheel not to be heavy.
Car is only for weekends and street use..
Any advice?
We apologize for the late response Zaharias.

There are a few major benefits to running a square set of wheels and tires. First is the ability to rotate wheel/tires effectively, which saves money on tires in the long run. This is a very important factor for our track oriented customers. Futhermore, a wider front wheel/tire combo will create more front end grip, which improves turn-in. This also provides a more neutral handling experience in mid corner. If you run a staggered set of tires, you are taking away the main benefits of running a square set of wheels.

If you are looking to run a staggered set of tires, we would suggest a staggered set of wheels to properly match up.

I have focused specifically on ARC-8 fitment since you mentioned that in you OP. Here is what each option would look like:

Square Fitment
F&R: 18x9.5 et35 - 265/35/18 or 275/35/18 tires
* This fitment requires camber plates up front to achieve the proper clearance to the front fenders. 265 tires will require around -2 degrees, and 275's will require around -2.5 degrees. Most customer will run 12mm spacers in the rear, and that is to achieve a flush look. Camber plates can be purchased for your stock suspension, or for aftermarket suspension.

Staggered Fitment:
F: 18x9.5 et35 - 245/40/18 or 255/35/18 tires
R: 18x10 et25 - 275/35/18 tires

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Old 07-31-2015, 05:01 AM   #157
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We apologize for the late response Zaharias.

There are a few major benefits to running a square set of wheels and tires. First is the ability to rotate wheel/tires effectively, which saves money on tires in the long run. This is a very important factor for our track oriented customers. Futhermore, a wider front wheel/tire combo will create more front end grip, which improves turn-in. This also provides a more neutral handling experience in mid corner. If you run a staggered set of tires, you are taking away the main benefits of running a square set of wheels.

If you are looking to run a staggered set of tires, we would suggest a staggered set of wheels to properly match up.

I have focused specifically on ARC-8 fitment since you mentioned that in you OP. Here is what each option would look like:

Square Fitment
F&R: 18x9.5 et35 - 265/35/18 or 275/35/18 tires
* This fitment requires camber plates up front to achieve the proper clearance to the front fenders. 265 tires will require around -2 degrees, and 275's will require around -2.5 degrees. Most customer will run 12mm spacers in the rear, and that is to achieve a flush look. Camber plates can be purchased for your stock suspension, or for aftermarket suspension.

Staggered Fitment:
F: 18x9.5 et35 - 245/40/18 or 255/35/18 tires
R: 18x10 et25 - 275/35/18 tires

Please feel free to call us if you would like to discuss further

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Hi Ryan

Thank you for your reply!

I have this square set up now (9.5x18 ET35). I would like a new staggered set up but it is difficult right now cause Iam far (Greece).

I was just thinking of doing staggered tires on my square set up (cause I like the concave look of the 9.5 front-rear) for less tramlining and for not putting wide tires front for the steering wheel not to be heavy.

Talked with David@facebook and he told me that the 9.5 front is the reason for tramlining not the tires.

Car is only for weekends and street use so I want comfort first. So Iam not concerned about rotating tires if I go staggered.

I see you mention only 265/35 & 275/35. 255/40?
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Hi Ryan

Thank you for your reply!

I have this square set up now (9.5x18 ET35). I would like a new staggered set up but it is difficult right now cause Iam far (Greece).

I was just thinking of doing staggered tires on my square set up (cause I like the concave look of the 9.5 front-rear) for less tramlining and for not putting wide tires front for the steering wheel not to be heavy.

Talked with David@facebook and he told me that the 9.5 front is the reason for tramlining not the tires.

Car is only for weekends and street use so I want comfort first. So Iam not concerned about rotating tires if I go staggered.

I see you mention only 265/35 & 275/35. 255/40?
The 9.5 et35 square setup is my personal favorite for the E46 M3. I mentioned those tire sizes specifically because they fit the 9.5 wheel properly, and will give you the most performance and comfort out of your square setup. Please note that camber plates will be a requirement to fit 265's or 275's. If you do not have camber plates, and do not plan on purchasing some, you may slightly undersize the tire utilizing a 255. Installing a 235 tire on a 9.5" wheel is not a good idea for many reasons. Your wheel will be very exposed to pot holes, curbs etc. as the tire is not properly protecting the wheel lip. Furthermore, a 235 tire on a 9.5" wheel would hinder performance and comfort.

Everyone has their own personal opinion, but I do not believe tramlinning is a real issue when running a 265 tire up front, nor do I think the steering is super heavy (and I have 275's). In my opinion, the car is very planted with a square fitment, and steering would be classified as responsive. Naturally the wider tire up front will create more front end grip, but the pro's of a true square fitment far outweigh any con's.



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Old 07-31-2015, 02:23 PM   #159
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The 9.5 et35 square setup is my personal favorite for the E46 M3. I mentioned those tire sizes specifically because they fit the 9.5 wheel properly, and will give you the most performance and comfort out of your square setup. Please note that camber plates will be a requirement to fit 265's or 275's. If you do not have camber plates, and do not plan on purchasing some, you may slightly undersize the tire utilizing a 255. Installing a 235 tire on a 9.5" wheel is not a good idea for many reasons. Your wheel will be very exposed to pot holes, curbs etc. as the tire is not properly protecting the wheel lip. Furthermore, a 235 tire on a 9.5" wheel would hinder performance and comfort.

Everyone has their own personal opinion, but I do not believe tramlinning is a real issue when running a 265 tire up front, nor do I think the steering is super heavy (and I have 275's). In my opinion, the car is very planted with a square fitment, and steering would be classified as responsive. Naturally the wider tire up front will create more front end grip, but the pro's of a true square fitment far outweigh any con's.



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Ok Ryan
Thank you for your time and tips.
Iam leaning towards the 265/35..
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Ok Ryan
Thank you for your time and tips.
Iam leaning towards the 265/35..
No problem! I think that is a wise decision, and a fitment you would really enjoy.

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