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Old 12-14-2006, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Was wondering if some of you could help me out. Hopefully I am posting in the right area.

A friend of mine is selling his M3 wheels and I love to grab them from him, but I have a 325xi and I know it's best not to put staggered wheels on any XI.

What kind of spacers do I need ie; offset... or size to have this work properly? Or is this not safe?

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Old 12-14-2006, 07:52 PM   #2
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the rears will not fit because the offset is too low. you can use the fronts, but you're going to have to get another set of m3 fronts as your rear wheels.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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would spacers not be an option for correcting the offset to be even with the fronts?
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:04 PM   #4
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spacers wouldn't work because the m3 rear wheels would stick out more than they need to without spacers. the lower offset wheels are more aggressive than higher offset ones. you want to look for wheels with an offset around +40ish...hope that helps
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:11 PM   #5
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Ah I see what you are saying... so the wheels alone would be wider in the rear, hence the stagger yet more aggressive look. Using spacers there would be like you said pointless as they would push it out more.

How about using spacers for the front wheels to get it even with the rear wheels?

Hmm now that I think of it... spacers in the front would make where the wheels stick out even, but still there would be more wheel in the rear.

So to make this even more confusing... with spacers in the front and same size tire all around would this not function safely?

I just want to make sure as I dont wwant to pass up a great price for these wheels unless it safely wont work.

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Old 12-14-2006, 08:18 PM   #6
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ahaha well the problem with the m3 wheels is the offsets, the fronts will work but if you put spacers on they'll probably rub the inner part of the fenders and destroy your tires...the rear wheels will rub the rear fender regardless because of the lower offset so those won't work, you are essentially restricted by your fenders
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:23 PM   #7
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ok.. gotcha I understand now. Sucks those wheels would look sick on my xi, and save me money.

Guess it's time to save! Thanks for the info and advice!
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You can roll the fenders to deal with rubbing. As for too low of an offset, if it's only too low by a little, perhaps he can pull the fenders out a bit (probably won't look good though). Does anyone make rear overfenders for E46s?
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no probs yea they are definitely good looking wheels, just search around, csl wheels are going for pretty cheap from modbargains, jlevi etc.. and they have the correct offsets for you
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You can roll the fenders to deal with rubbing. As for too low of an offset, if it's only too low by a little, perhaps he can pull the fenders out a bit (probably won't look good though). Does anyone make rear overfenders for E46s?
you will not be able to roll it enough to stop the rubbing unless of course you end up pulling the fenders but yea thats pretty ftl lol...just take a look at the size of the m3 fenders and compare it to the sedans. hamann makes flared fenders for e46's..i like them
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:33 PM   #11
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thanks again all.... yeah it would eventually be too much to get those wheels to work. CSL wheels look pretty good too. Maybe that'll be the route.
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