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Old 05-25-2016, 02:06 AM   #1
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So I have a e46 2000 323ci, I'm looking to change my wheels and want to know what I can run, I was trying to see if a 18x9.5 et 35 in the front and a 18x10.5 et 22 in the rear would be a easy fit, it is lowered a bit on Raceland coil overs, has stock camber and I believe 20mm or spacers.

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Old 05-25-2016, 02:43 AM   #2
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Old 05-25-2016, 03:15 AM   #3
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What's a good setup using 18's then
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:01 AM   #4
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The front will fit depending on tires and how much you have lowered it. The rear will no ****ing way fit.
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What's a good setup using 18's then
ET 35-45, 8" front and 8.5" rear and tires something like 225/40 and 245/35 or similar. Define good?
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:38 AM   #5
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The front will fit depending on tires and how much you have lowered it. The rear will no ****ing way fit.

ET 35-45, 8" front and 8.5" rear and tires something like 225/40 and 245/35 or similar. Define good?
Maybe I should have specified good, I'm trying to fit a wider wheel and yes going to have the tires stretched a Little or how ever much Im going to need to fit something larger, a better question maybe is what's the largest I could go being 18's I don't want to go as wide and big as possible, I'm just trying to find out if I go say 18x9.5 square or 8.5 n 9.5 in the rear, I would like to run that 9.5/10.5 I know it's possible but with probbaly a lot of work, so lm wondering what's the biggest I could go with no to minor work on fenders, if I have to roll them, I will you know
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:38 AM   #6
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What's a good setup using 18's then

I'm running apex arc-8's 18x9 et42 square setup with 255/35/18 PSS tires. Zero rubbing. This is the largest you can go on a non m without any camber or fender work. If you want pics I posted some in another wheel question thread recently.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:16 PM   #7
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Maybe I should have specified good, I'm trying to fit a wider wheel and yes going to have the tires stretched a Little or how ever much Im going to need to fit something larger, a better question maybe is what's the largest I could go being 18's I don't want to go as wide and big as possible, I'm just trying to find out if I go say 18x9.5 square or 8.5 n 9.5 in the rear, I would like to run that 9.5/10.5 I know it's possible but with probbaly a lot of work, so lm wondering what's the biggest I could go with no to minor work on fenders, if I have to roll them, I will you know
The problem with the 10.5's is the ET 22 you mentioned. I have 9" in the front and 9" in the rear with 225/40 tires (most ppl say way too much stretch) and ET being ~42. The edge of the wheel aligns perfectly with the fender to my eye. The car however needs some lowering to look good and ofc theres little camber compared to stock height cars. I have an adjustable suspension set so cant really tell how low mine is. I'd say with my setup the front can be lowered around 50mm with zero rubbing and not rolling the fenders or just bending the inner side of the "fender lip" or whatever just a tiny bit. Rear the same amount propably?

BTW, I have coupe and zander has xi sedan. I'm not sure but they are not 100% identical when it comes to wheel fitment. This is zander's http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=#post16983384

Oh and want to hear my real opinion? **** big and wide wheels, **** stretched and low profile tires. I don't want to feel the "****, I ****ed up riding quality choosing this baller ass ****" moment in my life ever again.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:38 PM   #8
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You can go 9.5 inches in the rear if you have a offset between 35 to 45 with 255/35/18 sized tires. An offset of 22 is more suited for the M3.
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I'm running apex arc-8's 18x9 et42 square setup with 255/35/18 PSS tires. Zero rubbing. This is the largest you can go on a non m without any camber or fender work. If you want pics I posted some in another wheel question thread recently.
you can do a bit wider in the rear with a higher offset
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Old 05-25-2016, 03:45 PM   #10
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OK this info helps a lot and thanks everyone for the input, today I went to a shop and talked with a guy a little bit about it, he runs a subaru with 18x9.5s, ik very different comparison but they were same size wheels and wanted to know how the setup for him is, he's also helping a couple of friends of his with e46 builds so it helps, with looking at the car and some conversation I figured I'm going 18x9.5 et 22 all around, tire size I will figure out what will work, again not trying very to go crazy lip n stretch either just stretching to what I will need to fit, I'll see how this works, I'm not to worried really except if there'd be offset issues, worse comes worse I return n get different offset.
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Old 05-25-2016, 05:18 PM   #11
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18x9.5 et 22 will not fit in the front, unless you want extreme camber and heavily modify the fenders extremely.
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:42 PM   #12
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I get that you want aggressive wheels but that just won't work on your car without doing modifications to your suspension and fender setup.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:22 PM   #13
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:12 AM   #14
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I fit a 18x9.5 et25 on the front and rear of my wagon. My fenders were not heavily modified, the camber wasn't ridiculous, and my tires weren't extremely stretched. My set-up was as follows:

- 18x9.5 et25 with a 225/40-18
- Fenders were rolled, but not pulled
- -3.2 degrees of camber

18x10.5 et22 is very aggressive though. That will require extreme stretch on the tires, rolled/pulled fenders, and -4 degrees of more camber.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:24 AM   #15
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You can go 9.5 inches in the rear if you have a offset between 35 to 45 with 255/35/18 sized tires. An offset of 22 is more suited for the M3.

For 9.5 your offset would need to be 50ish, at 35 you would be smashing the fenders up.
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^ False. Completely false. Some of our venders will recommend 18x9.5 et40-45 with a 255/35-18 fitting without "smashing the fenders up."
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I fit a 18x9.5 et25 on the front and rear of my wagon. My fenders were not heavily modified, the camber wasn't ridiculous, and my tires weren't extremely stretched. My set-up was as follows:

- 18x9.5 et25 with a 225/40-18
- Fenders were rolled, but not pulled
- -3.2 degrees of camber

18x10.5 et22 is very aggressive though. That will require extreme stretch on the tires, rolled/pulled fenders, and -4 degrees of more camber.
Ok, so I've bought 18x9.5 et 22 all around, I'm lowered a bit, nothing crazy, I have 17x8 with 215/40 i believe and there is room still with out rolled fenders, I don't rub and only time I hit wheel well is if I bottom out, I will obviously test before figuring out tire size, I've kinda already planned to roll the fenders anyway because i know it won't hurt, but with the wheels I bought and seeing to what you have run, I don't think my problems will be as major, maybe? Right? Lol
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:20 PM   #19
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^ False. Completely false. Some of our venders will recommend 18x9.5 et40-45 with a 255/35-18 fitting without "smashing the fenders up."

Who? Please find me one? This MIGHT fit with a coupe, but a sedan has less room in the rear. I don't have an extra half inch of space and nor does his coupe. 18x9.5 et42 would rub. With the setup I have with the suspension pushed up I have a paper width of room. You would have to run some stretched tires and camber out the rear.
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Exactly
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