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Old 07-03-2015, 12:02 PM   #1
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Exclamation 18x9.5 ET22 fitting on a 330Ci ZHP?

Okay so I ended up buying a set of used VMR VB3's (18x9.5 et22 of course) just recently thinking they would fit my stock 330Ci ZHP but after making a few phone calls to VMR, & ModBargains I was told two different things...

From ModBargains: "Don't do it at all, you'll rub and your tires will stick an inch out from the fender."

From VMR: I was told it was possible, just not suggested. Lots of fender work(which I'm willing to pay for) and more than likely some type of negative camber I believe.

I'm more than willing to go out of my way to save and pay for fender rolling/camber plates. But the question is, will it look good when said and done?

I'm not even sure on what tire size to try and fit them on(help?). I'm honestly quite clueless to a lot of things for E46's as I'm pretty new to the forums here and being a new E46 owner in general.

I would really appreciate any opinions/help as I'm quite desperate to knowing if I should start saving for the modifications to fit the wheels or just sell the wheels before even putting myself into any more of a hole.

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Old 07-03-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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Are you talking about front or back?
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:14 PM   #3
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Are you talking about front or back?
I'm talking about all around.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:20 PM   #4
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I wouldn't do it. Aside from rubbing (even after fender work), you'll have to stretch your tires to run this. And it will look...o_0

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Old 07-03-2015, 09:08 PM   #5
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I have style 63 wheels on mine with a spacer. My rears are wider, but the fronts are narrower than yours. Maybe if you had a 9 or 8.5" for the front instead.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:31 AM   #6
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You do not want a 22 offset in the rear on that wheel on the car. Just dont haha. I wonder if a wheel shop can shave these 10mm or so to make them work?
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:21 AM   #7
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They are too low of offset to fit without extensive work on the fenders. I have 197's which are ET35 and ET37 I believe on my convertible and they fit nicely. Take the time and get under your car with a ruler and see how much room you have without hitting your suspension and fender.
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:09 AM   #8
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You do not want a 22 offset in the rear on that wheel on the car. Just dont haha. I wonder if a wheel shop can shave these 10mm or so to make them work?
I'll have to figure out. So even with camber and fender rolling I shouldn't do those in the rear? I was debating on just selling a pair (what I would use on the front) and buying a pair of smaller width of the same wheel. I figured I could try and make them fit the rear to be honest... (with fender work and camber of course...)
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:12 AM   #9
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They are too low of offset to fit without extensive work on the fenders. I have 197's which are ET35 and ET37 I believe on my convertible and they fit nicely. Take the time and get under your car with a ruler and see how much room you have without hitting your suspension and fender.
I was honestly planning on fender work though. Only question is, would they look good?
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:52 AM   #10
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VMR and Mod Bargains are both correct. I ran 18x9.5 et25 on the front and back of my car. It is not a plug and play. I had to roll my fenders front and back. I had to stretch 225/40's on them (235/40's rubbed). And, I had to run a fair amount of negative camber. -4 front, -3.5 rear.

You can fit those, but it will require making some sacrifices.
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:33 PM   #11
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VMR and Mod Bargains are both correct. I ran 18x9.5 et25 on the front and back of my car. It is not a plug and play. I had to roll my fenders front and back. I had to stretch 225/40's on them (235/40's rubbed). And, I had to run a fair amount of negative camber. -4 front, -3.5 rear.

You can fit those, but it will require making some sacrifices.
Is that what you're running currently? Because whatever you're running in your sig looks really good haha. (IF not, do you have any pictures from when you did run that??)

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Old 07-05-2015, 12:09 AM   #12
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That picture is when I was on the 18x9.5 et25. I have a "build" thread with more pictures when it was on those wheels.
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Old 07-05-2015, 12:11 AM   #13
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yes it will fit but very aggressive looking
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Old 07-05-2015, 03:46 AM   #14
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That picture is when I was on the 18x9.5 et25. I have a "build" thread with more pictures when it was on those wheels.
mind posting a link? I couldn't find it in your posts
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:09 AM   #16
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So anyone's final say? Should I just sell two of them and get the same style wheels for the front buy maybe 18x9 or 18x8.5 and a different offset and try and fit the other two to the rear with fender rolling/camber??? I'm okay with an aggressive fitment. Just would like to know if it would look good and run WELL.
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So anyone's final say? Should I just sell two of them and get the same style wheels for the front buy maybe 18x9 or 18x8.5 and a different offset and try and fit the other two to the rear with fender rolling/camber??? I'm okay with an aggressive fitment. Just would like to know if it would look good and run WELL.

Sell them, buy something that fits, and dial them in to be aggressive as you want with spacers/camber..without destroying your fenders and madly stretched tires that pop off the bead every other day
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:35 PM   #18
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Sell them, buy something that fits, and dial them in to be aggressive as you want with spacers/camber..without destroying your fenders and madly stretched tires that pop off the bead every other day
Alright. I'll take your advice haha

Any place better than eBay to sell them?
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Alright. I'll take your advice haha

Any place better than eBay to sell them?
You can always try the classified section on here.
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Old 07-16-2015, 06:03 AM   #20
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You do not want a 22 offset in the rear on that wheel on the car. Just dont haha. I wonder if a wheel shop can shave these 10mm or so to make them work?
Not enough lug seat thickness... about 4-5mm max on VMRs.
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