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Old 06-03-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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E46 Sedan + Koni FSD/Eibach Prokit Springs + M3 rims = no go?

I've read that if you want to put M3 rims on a E46 sedan you'd need to roll the rear fenders due to the wider rears... or get 4x fronts.

Well, I got the wider rear M3 rims put on... as well as Koni FSD shocks and Eibach Prokit springs (lowers the car by about 1.5") and it rubs quite a bit. Not while driving in a straight line, but definitely in dips in the road and while cornering.

I got the rear fenders rolled... still no luck. It helped a little bit, but it still rubs.

My next line of action might be thinner tires... I'm currently running Michelin PilotSport 255/35Z R18. Would getting a less-wide tire help with the rubbing issue? What's the thinnest tire you can put on the M3 rear rims?

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Old 06-03-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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The wheels are simply too wide without doing some serious modification to your fenders. Thinner tires will def help.

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Old 06-03-2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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Sell the rims and go for something less agressive in the rear.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:21 PM   #4
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Agreed, the suspension isn't the problem, its the wheels.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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you may be able to do it with 245 rears and some serious camber

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you may be able to do it with 245 rears and some serious camber
Ditto, or some rolled/flared fenders.

This is definitely very aggressive fitment.

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it still rubs but how bad does it rub now? does it still rub on dips with just you in the car? how bad are the dips, like dips when you are on the hwy and cross a bridge? if it isn't too bad you may be able to get by with running a slightly narrower tire.

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Old 06-06-2009, 06:40 PM   #8
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I have 18' 235/R40/18 and the rear was rubbing so bad everytime I hit a bump, pothole. I am changing to 225.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:07 PM   #9
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Buy wheels with the right offsets. The headache of rolling, pulling, and ****ed up tire wear because you have to use such a negative camber isn't worth it.
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