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Old 08-21-2009, 06:25 PM   #441
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Thanks for the fast reply Alec.

Well, I went down to this local shop that does some custom work and had them roll the fender for me. It seems they couldn't do much with the passenger side, because they said it is much thicker then the driver side. So they did as much as they could.. Now as far as the tire size.. According to the tire shop I went to, the smallest size I could put on that wheel(9 1/2 width?) is a 235/35/19. Is this true or these people don't really know what they're talking about? I didn't really check but are the m3 wheels staggered?

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Sounds like they don't really know what they're doing, mainly because the fenders can easily be rolled if all the thick rubbery crap inside the fold (the part of the inner fender that gets rolled) is picked out. When shops aren't experienced with these cars, they don't care to spend the hour to do that, they'll say that the metal is too strong, won't go any farther, etc. and the fenders won't budge an inch. Happened to me too...

A 235 is the 'safe' recommended size for that width, but people use 225 all day on everything up to 10" wide. Think of it this way - if you don't stretch the sidewall of your tires, it will contact directly with the fenders. It's a trade off, but it also happens to have the best aesthetics.

M3 wheels are staggered pretty intensely to fit properly inside M3 fenders. They will work on a non-M car, but it gets pretty tight in there. Even with my wheels, I can only fit 3 (yes, 3.. not 4) business cards in the rear fender clearance.
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:23 PM   #442
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Thats what I thought Alec, they all seemed to be a little clueless. There is another shop here close to my house that does custom work and I'm going to try to run down there tomorrow and see if they can do a better job, if not and if I'm lucky I'll rent a fender roller out somewhere.

Wow 3 business cards? That's crazy tight. Does it catch while you drive or hit small bumps, or even with a couple of people in the back seats?
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:52 AM   #443
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Thats what I thought Alec, they all seemed to be a little clueless. There is another shop here close to my house that does custom work and I'm going to try to run down there tomorrow and see if they can do a better job, if not and if I'm lucky I'll rent a fender roller out somewhere.

Wow 3 business cards? That's crazy tight. Does it catch while you drive or hit small bumps, or even with a couple of people in the back seats?
The passenger rear tire rubs with people in back, or if I hit an awkward bump in the road. It's more of a 'scrub' than rub, the driver fender was rolled a little bit more when I did it. Neither fender is rolled much at all though, it was too cold to pick all that rubbery crap out to get a good roll.

Both rear wheel lips rub on the fenders whenever the car sits that low, which is quite a bit. ha, I should take a picture of the lips up close. It sanded down all my curb rash for me Now I have a brushed aluminum time attack ring. lol
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:46 PM   #444
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I ended up triming the lips and rolling the hell out of the fenders, pushing it out. I currently have the 265/35/19 on it, which catches quite a bit. I'll be going down on size eventually though.. The only thing that sucks, but not a biggie is that I'll have to to some body work to my fenders, but I plan on painting the car anyways! If I have time I'll take some pics later on.
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:35 PM   #445
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I'm wearing glasses [which are 2 years out of date] so sorry if this question has been answered. I tried reading/searching some of the posts then gave up.


For the front fenders you were talking about coupes right? What is the fitment for sedans? Would I also need a hood to go along with it?
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:08 PM   #447
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I'm wearing glasses [which are 2 years out of date] so sorry if this question has been answered. I tried reading/searching some of the posts then gave up.


For the front fenders you were talking about coupes right? What is the fitment for sedans? Would I also need a hood to go along with it?
will not work without cutting welding and modifying the fenders
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:59 PM   #448
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318 CISE "52" - orig m3 doors cant get electric mirrors to work

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I've got a 318 CISE "52" plate and have put original complete m3 doors on it -everything is working except the electric folding mirrors(glass doesn't tilt either) Any ideas how to get round this.

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Awesome thread! Some of the pics are down, maybe just bandwidth limitations.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:33 AM   #450
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This is my first thread on this forum.
So Hello to all of you
I was thinking about changing my exhaust in 330 2001 coupé and i can get original exhaust manifolds cheap but i don't know if they will fit.
And second thing will the manifolds from LHD fit RHD cars ( i live in England at the moment )
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:26 PM   #451
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I ended up triming the lips and rolling the hell out of the fenders, pushing it out. I currently have the 265/35/19 on it, which catches quite a bit. I'll be going down on size eventually though.. The only thing that sucks, but not a biggie is that I'll have to to some body work to my fenders, but I plan on painting the car anyways! If I have time I'll take some pics later on.

I have the same issue with my tyres. I currently have the 265/35/19 and is rubbing the fender from inside.Needed arround a half inch wider.
What kind of work on fenders will help me?
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:41 PM   #452
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I have the same issue with my tyres. I currently have the 265/35/19 and is rubbing the fender from inside.Needed arround a half inch wider.
What kind of work on fenders will help me?
You don't need fender work, you need narrower tires.
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You don't need fender work, you need narrower tires.
Thanks Alec but no thanks. I'll keep moding!!
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:15 PM   #454
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Didn't read through this entire thread but will the stock hood on a coupe fit okay if I install M3 fenders and bumper?
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OK lets take another shot at the rare parts thread. If you are posting up a part post it up with a pic..

i hate you for having those seats in such great condition.. i bet you got them cheap too. In all seriousness, congrats on the score. I'm jealous of those - doesn't happen often..

Here's the oem titanium brake lever that I just picked up, I was informed by RHDJapan.com that it was one of the last three sets available in.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:21 AM   #460
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