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Old 02-01-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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E46 M3 wheels on a E46 Sedan????

Hi All,

Will E46 M3 wheels fit a E46 sedan?????? (stock suspension and i will get the fenders rolled if needed)

Im sure there are a million threads out there about this but i've searched and couldnt find anything.

Can someone forward me a link or any info??

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Old 02-01-2011, 05:00 PM   #2
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Yes they'll fit best if you get 4 m3 front rims since they're not as wide. But its going to rub like a mofoo
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You'll need 4 front wheels. The wider rears won't fit.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:53 PM   #4
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You'll need 4 front wheels. The wider rears won't fit.
WRONG.

They will fit but I recommend getting a slightly smaller sized tire than the standard sizes they come with. Do a search, there are a lot of people running M3 wheels on non-Ms.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:46 PM   #5
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You could run them, but as mentioned above it would be better to run a slightly more narrow tire. It would be more trouble free with four fronts, but with enough work you could possibly run the rears as well.
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You'll need four (4) REAR wheels, appropriate tire size, rear fender roll, and drilled out fixed camber nipple on the front strut bearing.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:46 PM   #7
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wow ur car looks siiiiick!! And because of that, i have a million questions for you....

Those are OEM M3 wheels? (not replicas)?
What are the wheel sizes (with offsets)?
What tire sizes are you running?
Any spacers?
What mods did u have to do to make them fit? (fender rolling etc.)?

I have some ugly cheezy chrome wheels on my E46 sedan....need them off ASAP and i want something like urs...looks classy like from the factory.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:47 PM   #8
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WRONG.

They will fit but I recommend getting a slightly smaller sized tire than the standard sizes they come with. Do a search, there are a lot of people running M3 wheels on non-Ms.


wow ur car looks siiiiick!! And because of that, i have a million questions for you....

Those are OEM M3 wheels? (not replicas)?
What are the wheel sizes (with offsets)?
What tire sizes are you running?
Any spacers?
What mods did u have to do to make them fit? (fender rolling etc.)?

I have some ugly cheezy chrome wheels on my E46 sedan....need them off ASAP and i want something like urs...looks classy like from the factory.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:42 AM   #9
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I have the same problem

E46 M3 19" 9J to fit on E46 Sedan 320i Individual

What can I do? Here in SA they say it cannot be done!
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I put 18" M3 wheels on my 2003 330i sedan this weekend and the rears rubbed
every time I hit a bump.

They looked good but the rears stick out a little past the wheels wells. Had to put my 17" style 68 wheels and tires back on yesterday.

Suppose I'm going to go with 4 M3 front wheels all the around?

I would appreciate any advice on this. Looks like I'm going to have swap or sell
the rear wheels which have good Michelin PS rubber.

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I put 18" M3 wheels on my 2003 330i sedan this weekend and the rears rubbed
every time I hit a bump.

They looked good but the rears stick out a little past the wheels wells. Had to put my 17" style 68 wheels and tires back on yesterday.

Suppose I'm going to go with 4 M3 front wheels all the around?

I would appreciate any advice on this. Looks like I'm going to have swap or sell
the rear wheels which have good Michelin PS rubber.

David
Four M3 fronts should work fine.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:50 AM   #12
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David,

I managed to find a place where they can do this kind of thing here in SA. They advised that the rear wheel has to be re-engineered - they fit the wheel on the car (without the tyre), then do the measurements (it sticks out approx 20mm). They will now cut the inside of the wheel hub to make the 20mm space, re-weld & then drill out new holes. They claim it will work 100%....they have done this before on a 330ci. It takes about 2 weeks to prepare the wheel....I will send you pictures once it has been done. Hopefully it works out ok as they claim.

PS: No problems with the front wheels.
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i've got staggered 18" M3s on my tourer
215/40 front and 225/40 rear
they tuck in all round, and dont rub
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David,

I managed to find a place where they can do this kind of thing here in SA. They advised that the rear wheel has to be re-engineered - they fit the wheel on the car (without the tyre), then do the measurements (it sticks out approx 20mm). They will now cut the inside of the wheel hub to make the 20mm space, re-weld & then drill out new holes. They claim it will work 100%....they have done this before on a 330ci. It takes about 2 weeks to prepare the wheel....I will send you pictures once it has been done. Hopefully it works out ok as they claim.

PS: No problems with the front wheels.
Widening and narrowing wheels is fairly common, but I would be careful about shaving off bits of the wheel back pad. It could alter the structural integrity of the wheel since that's the first place that weight will be distributed. If you shave off about 20mm, I'm guessing you'd be left with about 5mm of metal to mount to your car.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:02 PM   #15
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Kevin & Bernard,
Thanks for your response. Sounds like it would just be easier to
buy two front M3 wheels than modify the rears?

I am going to take the M3 fronts I have now and get the curb rash repaired and refinished. The place that does the repairs might be able to modify the rears.

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David,

I managed to find a place where they can do this kind of thing here in SA. They advised that the rear wheel has to be re-engineered - they fit the wheel on the car (without the tyre), then do the measurements (it sticks out approx 20mm). They will now cut the inside of the wheel hub to make the 20mm space, re-weld & then drill out new holes. They claim it will work 100%....they have done this before on a 330ci. It takes about 2 weeks to prepare the wheel....I will send you pictures once it has been done. Hopefully it works out ok as they claim.

PS: No problems with the front wheels.
I think they test fitted the rear wheels incorrectly.


I don't think OEM 19x9.5 et27 wheels are going to stick out 20mm past the fender. (Sounds like they just jacked the car up, put the M3 wheel on and saw that it stuck out 20mm while the suspension was drooped/unloaded, lol)

And why mill the back pad when you can fit the wheel with slightly narrower tires and rolled fenders? This has already been done on a sedan, search for DTMdan.
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Four fronts will fit with no problems. I run 235/35/19 dropped on H&R sport springs and don't rub at all.

Rears will not fit without heavy modification, hence why I went with four fronts. If you have the time/money to get the rears modified, I say do it. It'll be worth it.

But if you don't have money like me, four fronts will do just fine...







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love those M3 wheels..where'd you get them?

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Fender rolling = heavy modification?
I'm pretty sure it was much more than a simple "fender roll" or else I would've done it.

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love those M3 wheels..where'd you get them?
Got a set of 2 fronts, 2 rears locally and traded the 2 rears with a guy that wanted 4 rears. And then I had 4 fronts!
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