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Old 06-14-2016, 09:26 PM   #1
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Will 18x8.5 wheels fit in a 3 series?

Im looking at some Beyern Spartan wheels. They're 18x8.5 with a 15 offset and a tire size of 265/35. Would they fit a 2000 323i? At least with stretched tires maybe?
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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I'm no tire expert, but from what I know... A 265 tire is extremely wide for an 8.5 rim. 225-245 would be more the norm. The offset of 15 maybe too aggressive. I know my stock rims are in the 40's.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:53 PM   #3
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Probably not -- offset's too aggressive. Figure you're looking at needing +1 inch inner (about 24mm) clearance, which might mean the rim's hitting hitting the strut and/or the inner wheel guard, and almost +1.5 inches outer (36mm) clearance (I think that may be more doable).

They do make the Spartans with ET 30 and 40, however...
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:49 PM   #4
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I'm running 18X8 in the front & 18X9 in the back, ET 35 on all. The backs rub over bigger bumps and aggressive turns even with the fenders rolled. That's with 255/35 Hankooks
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that offset is pretty ridiculous. the rim width is average.
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Old 06-14-2016, 11:18 PM   #6
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Maybe, if you get 205/40 tires. I remember DTMDan ran something like that with his ACS type 2.
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I'm running APEX Racing EC-7's, 18" x 9.5" x ET35 in the back with Michelin Pilot AS in the rear 255/30/18. No rubbing and no rolled fenders.
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I'm running APEX Racing EC-7's, 18" x 9.5" x ET35 in the back with Michelin Pilot AS in the rear 255/30/18. No rubbing and no rolled fenders.

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If you get 215/40/18 they will work. Im running that size on 18x8 +13 and they fit perfectly with no camber work or rolled fenders on stock msport suspension. Anything larger will not work. No way 265/35/18 will fit without camber or body mods
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Probably not -- offset's too aggressive. Figure you're looking at needing +1 inch inner (about 24mm) clearance, which might mean the rim's hitting hitting the strut and/or the inner wheel guard, and almost +1.5 inches outer (36mm) clearance (I think that may be more doable).

They do make the Spartans with ET 30 and 40, however...
I've been looking through the site and couldn't see any. I only see Spartans with 15 and 25. Would you mind sharing a link?
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I'm running APEX Racing EC-7's, 18" x 9.5" x ET35 in the back with Michelin Pilot AS in the rear 255/30/18. No rubbing and no rolled fenders.
There's no way 9.5s could fit my sedan unfortunately
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I've been looking through the site and couldn't see any. I only see Spartans with 15 and 25. Would you mind sharing a link?
It was on the Beyern website.

Where were you looking at the rims?
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I'm running 18x8 +42mm with 235/40/18s all around on Eibach springs and SP drop hats. No rubbing at all, and I'm going to try and squeeze something wider under there. 265/30/18 will fit an 8.5" wheel, but the sidewalls may bulge a little, 255 would be more appropriate. A lot of people around here like to run 205/15/25 etc... on wider wheels for stance and tire stretch so finding info on fitment can be a bit tricky. Yes you get an extra 10mm of contact patch with the 265s, but the sidewall deflection could negate that extra grip.
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:25 PM   #14
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It was on the Beyern website.

Where were you looking at the rims?
Off the Beyern site as well haha. I was looking at the e39 5 series section because the only ones they offer for e46 are 17s and I want 18s hehe
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I'm running 18x8 +42mm with 235/40/18s all around on Eibach springs and SP drop hats. No rubbing at all, and I'm going to try and squeeze something wider under there. 265/30/18 will fit an 8.5" wheel, but the sidewalls may bulge a little, 255 would be more appropriate. A lot of people around here like to run 205/15/25 etc... on wider wheels for stance and tire stretch so finding info on fitment can be a bit tricky. Yes you get an extra 10mm of contact patch with the 265s, but the sidewall deflection could negate that extra grip.
I'm sitting on eibachs too and yeah I assumed they'd fit with the right tire stretch but I need a way around that offset :p
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Off the Beyern site as well haha. I was looking at the e39 5 series section because the only ones they offer for e46 are 17s and I want 18s hehe
Which is lame, since the 18's they do have are perfect for E46s; 5x120 and with the proper center bore (72. crap... .26? -- whatever)
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Which is lame, since the 18's they do have are perfect for E46s; 5x120 and with the proper center bore (72. crap... .26? -- whatever)
Yup I know man. Struggles lol
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