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Old 11-10-2006, 09:48 AM   #1
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OEM M3 18's on 330cic w/ Sport???

I've searched threads and have seen many opinions about this swap. I'm looking for input from those who have actually done this and made it work. Pics would be great.

I have OEM M68's (225/45/17 front; 245/40/17 rear) that I want to swap to OEM M67's (225/45/18 front; 255/40/18 rear). I'm riding on stock Sport suspension.

I understand the fronts aren't a problem... Who has done this and what challenges did you overcome to make it work?

I'm willing to roll my rear fenders
Not crazy about body work to widen rear fenders but will
Is different rear tire size a feasible solution to avoid body work?

Finally, for those who live in southern VA (Norfolk, Chesapeake, VAB) - can you recommend a body shop for rolling/widening fenders if that's my only option?
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:40 AM   #2
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rolling your fenders won't be enough. get four fronts or buy aftermarket imitations with proper offsets. it's a lot easier than widening your rear fenders to accomodate a wheel.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:42 PM   #3
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Who has done this and what challenges did you overcome to make it work?
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Old 11-13-2006, 05:53 AM   #4
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:16 AM   #5
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you can run 4 fronts-- and I want 4 rears if you want to both buy a set and trade, your rears for my fronts. We could even meet to avoid shipping
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:42 AM   #6
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PM'd you Obioban...

May be an alternative, but wanna see what others have done to make this work.
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:58 PM   #7
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I tried it about 2 weeks ago i picked up a m3 rear tire 18x9 255/40/18 just to see what i had to do to make it fit because i was def determine to make it fit.

So I put the car on the lift and fitted the wheel on the rear I then slowly lowered the car down on the lift and just as i though.... the rear fender landed right on the tire. I then got that fender rolled to the max and then fitted a 245/40/18 tire to the rim and still not even close. now the tire actually goes in but sits rigth on the inner part of the fender just riding on the flat surface of the shop it rubbed like crazy . There is basically no way to make it fit without rubbing the offset is just to much for our fenders. only way I possibly think of is to have no one ever sit on the rear or ever add any weight to your trunk have the rear as high as possible and avoid big dips all day because one dip will rip your rear fenders apart . but at the end its not worth it. so im sticking with my 4 18x8 front m3 wheels until i do the rear wide fender conversion.

btw this is on a coupe with tein suspension on a 4dr i think is harder since the rear is a bit less agressive than the coupe.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:32 AM   #8
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Yikes!!! This doesn't look too promising... how 'bout some pics from those who did the work to fit the stock M67 rears???
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:11 PM   #9
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you're better bet is to get staggered rims other than M3 rims

its just way too much hassle for oem rims
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