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Old 02-28-2016, 06:35 PM   #1
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Style 225 M 19's, will the fit non-m coupes?

I though I would start a thread to address the fitment of style 225's on the e46 as I could not find any definitive answers online.

these are the m-sport wheels that came as an option on the e92. I think its a very good looking setup for the e46 for those into the OEM m-sport look, kind of like an updated version of the ZHP style 135 wheels.

The sizes are 8x19 ET37 front, and 9x19 ET39 rear.

I found a pair locally with 235/35/19 fronts, 265/30/19 rears.

My question: will these fit on our e46 non-m coupes with the above tire setup without rubbing?

If not, is there any other tire setup that will make these fit without rubbing?

Here are some pics of them set up on e46's.













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Old 02-29-2016, 07:32 PM   #2
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I also would like to know. These are insanely good looking. I've been debating getting some ESR rims, but I can't find any info on what tire setup would work. I've looked everywhere, and can't seem to find any useful info.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:44 PM   #3
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At 27.8 lbs a wheel,.....it would be a mistake to go this route.

Your smart move for a "big" wheel would be a light weight 18" at roughly 18 lbs a wheel.



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Old 02-29-2016, 10:27 PM   #4
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Look good but the ride of 19" wheels must be bone jarring and reek havick on suspension components. I'll stick with my Style 197's with a combination of esthetics and smooth ride.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:46 PM   #5
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Look good but the ride of 19" wheels must be bone jarring and reek havick on suspension components. I'll stick with my Style 197's with a combination of esthetics and smooth ride.

Yep.


Not to mention the "Perceived" loss of about 20 WHP.




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Old 04-01-2016, 07:16 PM   #6
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fitment of style 225 or MV4's

I can only comment on a coupe, the wheels will go straight on but with those tyre sizes you will rub.

My car is a 2006 330ci M sport, I guess the US would call it the ZHP package, so slightly lower and stiffer suspension than the base model. It was a little saggy in the back due to I think old springs and deteriorated spring isolators, meaning that the stock 18's sat just inside the arch at the rear.

I've gone stock M3 tyres size as I had some old rubber in the garage 235-40-19 fronts and 255-35-19 rears, unfortunately once fitted the rears rubbed, not much but enough so something needed doing. So replaced the top rear isolator with a 21mm unit and the wheel is now pretty much central to the wheel arch, looks about the same as the black coupe in the workshop picture above. For good measure I also rolled the lip of the arch in a little (not the arch (fender) out).

The ride is similar to what my M3 (72,000mls) was, although I think the M3 felt a little smoother over rough surfaces, which I guess is a result of worn dampers, the 330 has 180,000 miles. So not too bad and totally liveable.

As said before these wheels add a heap of awesome to the E46 and really suit the car.
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:25 PM   #7
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I can only comment on a coupe, the wheels will go straight on but with those tyre sizes you will rub.
Hey I thought I'd quickly comment on this as I am also looking at getting a set of these for my '02 325CI

I'm surprised that you mention they will rub, as that tire setup (F:235/35/19 R:265/30/19) is only about a quarter inch in diameter larger than the stock 17 style e44s (225/45/17). And with the stock setup there's tons of clearance between tire and fender.

Is this from personal experience you notice the rubbing, or were you assuming?

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