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Old 06-12-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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will m3 wheels fit e46 320d

hi i have a 03 plate e46 320d and have just won some m3 19" wheels on ebay but not sure if they will fit, any answers???
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:12 PM   #2
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Fronts will work, rears will not. The problem is the agressive offset that will cause rubbing. Run a search and you will find a few dozen threads on this subject for your assistance.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:31 PM   #3
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thanks for yr reply ive just looked and they are 18" not 19" what a div dnt even know what ive bought lol, will that make any differance??
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
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the sedans more narrow than the coupe, the aggressive offset will force you to run skinnier tires.. For a sedan I always recommend not doing it. For a coupe you have more space without actually tear apart the rear quarter panel fender.

if you have already purchased it, you will find out when its time to mount tires and fit.. ive seen 18s wok well but just not on a sedan (with my own eyes) im sure you can stretch the tires on the 18s . good luck
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:44 PM   #5
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im picking them up next week so will prob have to move them on if i cant get them to work, so would they fit with different tyres on if yes does any one know what size? if i end up moving these wheels on will a set of mv wheels fit?
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:57 PM   #6
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Four fronts would work, but the rears wont fit without some serious modding
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:07 PM   #7
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First of all, search, this question is asked so much it's a running joke between members. Second of all, we have a forum for this discussion already. 18" or 19" inch wont matter, the M3 has a wider rear end then the non M's and therefore a needs a different offset so the wheels don't disappear inside the back wheel wells. Your car needs a wheel with an offset of 35-40 (closer to 40 is better) to work and not look silly. M3 fronts have an offset you can run as the front isn't much wider then the stock coupe, but the rears are way off (like 27). Look for wheels with a 40 offset and a smaller then 10.5 inch width and you'll be good as gold. M wheels can work sometimes, but they look a little off and stick out at the back even if you get them to fit without rubbing in most situations. I guess if you just had low profile tires or something you could stop them rubbing, but you'd probably need spacers. Why don't you just buy wheels that fit

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Old 06-13-2009, 06:05 PM   #8
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I thought they would fit cos my mate has a 318 e90 and he has put same wheels on his car and says he has no problems, so I just thought they would fit, i olny paid 150 for them so think i might just move them on and invest in some others,
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I thought they would fit cos my mate has a 318 e90 and he has put same wheels on his car and says he has no problems, so I just thought they would fit, i olny paid 150 for them so think i might just move them on and invest in some others,
Are they real? Or replicas? Can we see the auction or whatever thingy? Or just copy and paste the specifications of the wheel, you never know they might be replicas that are made to fit.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:13 AM   #10
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the wheel size's are 225/45 zr18 91w 245/35 zr18 92y the auction has ended now and there was only 1 pic so i couldnt tell if they wa reps or real, i didnt ask the question as i only saw the wheels in the last 10 mins of the auction how can i tell if they are real or reps????

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Sounds like they are authentic 18's- the fronts will only fit your car, the rears are too aggressive.
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I have 18" m3 wheels on my 99 e46 sedan with no problems
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:42 AM   #13
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are they the same size as the ones ive put on, i picked the wheels up yesterday and hopefully im getting the car today, this is a o3 320d so will prob try them on the car on sat,
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are they the same size as the ones ive put on, i picked the wheels up yesterday and hopefully im getting the car today, this is a o3 320d so will prob try them on the car on sat,
Did the rims fit?
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I have 18" m3 wheels on my 99 e46 sedan with no problems

Do you have pics of this? Whay tire sizes are you using in your setup?
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Do you have pics of this? Whay tire sizes are you using in your setup?
He's most likely using 4 M3 FRONTS.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:23 PM   #17
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I didn't do my research and bought 18" M3 rims. The rears were too wide but I was running 255/40/18, They will rub and it will drive you up the wall.You can try rolling your fenders but I didn't do this and just ended up selling the rims.
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hi if there 18" they are aftermarket as genuine m3 alloys are 19" I have them on my e46 convertible and I just stretched the tyres so no need to roll the arches
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There will be a sticker on the inside of the drivers side saying what sizes can fit and you can go one size up from the max size on the sticker
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I have 325i e45 2001. Sedan. Have a hnr lowering springs. I have 265/30/19 rear. 235/35/19 front. I rolled my fenders already. And it still rub the tires to my fender when it's dip road, and wen the back has a passenger. What should I do?
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