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Old 08-10-2012, 09:36 PM   #21
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Thanks, that thread has some ridiculously sexy setups! How do you know if they're dropped...can't afford that just yet, so I'd like the most aggressive possible w/ stock or rolled fenders.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #22
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You can tell by looking man... stock suspension has some huge fender gaps. i know for a fact from PMing gunmoto that he runs TC Kline coilovers tho.
But typically once you cant see any air above the tires, or very little its dropped
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:37 PM   #23
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I tried bbs reps and TSW wheels both 18" but was lacking the handling of the stock wheels and the ride was harsh.. So i powder coated the stock 17" wheels painted the front grill and added depo blinkers and painted transparent black only the orange part of the tail lights.. I get lots of complements on this setup..
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:20 AM   #24
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^ there's nothing aggressive about that.
And your 18s probably rode like crap cause your dampers have probably long been shot and the thinner 18" low profile tires took away the cushion that the 17s give u.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:37 AM   #25
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Thats my point.. there is a trade off between looks and handling.. i liked the way my car handles in stock setup.. nothing can beat that but I didnt liked the stock looks and finding a balance between aggressive looks and stock sports package handling without expensive modifications was tough.. btw my dampers are fine my car has only 60k miles on it..
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:45 AM   #26
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:01 AM   #27
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dont know... PM him, uber cool guy.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:10 PM   #28
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OEM low Et wheels ftw.

Jeebus...that's sick. Specs?
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #30
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #31
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I'm desperate to upgrade from my stock 17" uglies to something more agressive.

So i've done research but I can't find a definite answer...what's a good setup (18" or 19", staggered, as wide as possible, thin tire profile, no rubbing) for a stock e46 sedan?

I know opinions will vary, but can anyone point me in the right direction maybe, in terms of wheel/tire specs?
For an E46 sedan staggered fitment we recommend running 18x8.5" ET38 ARC-8 front wheels with 235/40/18 tires and 18x9" ET42 ARC-8 rear wheels with 255/35/18 tires.

You could also run 18x8.5" ET35 EC-7 front wheels with 235/40/18 tires and 18x9.5" ET43 EC-7 rear wheels with 255/35/18 rear tires. The EC-7 will offer a more flush rear fitment and have a more concave profile to the wheel.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #32
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mine's not the most aggressive but i hope it helps. im on eibach springs with bilstein shocks.

rubs on the passenger rear when i have a passenger on the back.

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18x9.5 +33 265/35/18
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:53 PM   #33
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any one know what rims these are yet?
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:53 PM   #34
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NVM I found them
http://www.modbargains.com/550i-Sport-Wheels.htm
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:10 PM   #35
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This is my current setup. Style 220 reps. 18x8 square +38 if i remember correctly. 5 mil spacers in the rear.
Would prefer 18x10 rears and 18x9 fronts, but with our terrible roads here in MTL, there's just too much tug and pull with such a wide foot print. Even the 17's ride better imo (as someone also said before).

Never rubs, which is a plus! Though it does scrape lol.

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Old 10-21-2012, 08:13 PM   #36
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^^ Those 550 wheels are aggressive as fuark. Solid setup!
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