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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Spacers?

I know we can't run staggered set ups on our cars (What exactly is the reason for that by the way?) But are two different sized spacers okay? I was thinking about getting a set and I just want to make sure it will be okay to run on my xi.

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Old 08-11-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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The reason why you cant run staggered setups is because of the differential. Its sensitive and staggered tires may damaged the diffs.

I dont think there would be a problem with the spacers. As long as they are hubcentric and the wheels have a hub to sit on.

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Old 08-11-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:18 AM   #4
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H&R spacers are the only ones I'd use, they are really really well machined and hub centric.

The stagger wont necessarily cause trouble, but the diameter will. You can buy a special tape measure that's specially made for measuring tire circumference from places like Speedmart...
Its made to make it easy to check the difference between your tires.

I've owned a bunch of AWD vehicles and all of them preferred symmetric tries for best handling. Tire pressure is a big thing with staggered tires as well.

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H&R spacers are the only ones I'd use, they are really really well machined and hub centric.

The stagger wont necessarily cause trouble, but the diameter will. You can buy a special tape measure that's specially made for measuring tire circumference from places like Speedmart...
Its made to make it easy to check the difference between your tires.

I've owned a bunch of AWD vehicles and all of them preferred symmetric tries for best handling. Tire pressure is a big thing with staggered tires as well.

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you can also use an online tire size calculator, but as dwtaylor said, they handle better with a square tire setup. I currently have staggered wheels and square tires an am pretty happy with the result
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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Hub concentric spacers should be no problem as they are not changing the overall diameter of the tire/wheel set up, just spacing the wheels further out from the hub. One thing to make sure of is that your lug studs are long enough to properly tighten and torque the wheels.
A staggered set-up can be used as long as the overall diameter is the same front to rear, otherwise as previously stated, you will put undue strain on the diffs.
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Running spacers on the Xi causes no issues with the awd system. I have several guys running mixed sets to perfect their stance. Like with any vehicle make sure you're getting the correct length wheel bolts to go with your spacers. To make things easy in that department I have kits avaible HERE (half way down the page) which include the correct wheel bolts each sized spacer. Now if you're looking to go with a really big spacer (25mm-30mm) I highly suggest going with the H&R DRA spacers, they bolt to the hub then you bolt your wheels to the spacers.

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the front and rear diffs on the xi aren't locked together, so you won't damage anything by using different diameters front and rear.. BUT.. the DSC/ABS system relies on the front and rear wheels being the same diameter, so basically your AWD and brakes would cease to function properly, and it's still a bad idea.

as stated there's no issue with spacers.
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H&R spacers are the only ones I'd use, they are really really well machined and hub centric.
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TMS spacers i think are better than the H&R and cheaper too. I also got a set of 10mm spacers off ebay and they fit perfect too and work great. I think it comes down to making sure they are hubcentric. The TMS spacers have a nice notch to get them off. MY ebay ones do not.. we'll see how easy they come off when the time comes to do brake rotors
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Just the info I needed. Thanks guys!
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I have a set of 10mm Motorsport hardware spacers for sale. Pm me if interested
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If i get 10mm spacers for my 2005 325i sedan, will i have to get any kind of special work done on my fenders to prevent rubbing? Or is it as easy as plug and play?
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If i get 10mm spacers for my 2005 325i sedan, will i have to get any kind of special work done on my fenders to prevent rubbing? Or is it as easy as plug and play?
Direct plug and play just need longer bolts and that's it bud no rubbing if your at stock height or near it
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Direct plug and play just need longer bolts and that's it bud no rubbing if your at stock height or near it
I forgot to mention that i have the sports package, so i have a lowered sports suspension as well. Would it still be okay? It looks like it would rub a little just eyeing it out!
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I forgot to mention that i have the sports package, so i have a lowered sports suspension as well. Would it still be okay? It looks like it would rub a little just eyeing it out!
Typically stock wheels on a bimmer can take a 10mm spacer with zero issues. But just to insure you have the clearance to run them take a look at the diagram below, it shows how to measure for spacers. Eyeballing it can sometimes trick you into thinking a 10mm spacer is a bit bigger (or smaller) than it really is lol.

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yes! I am so getting spacers for my car now. I always thought that would mess with the awd system, but apparently I was misinformed. I've been dying for that flush look. (not hellaflush stance bs, just what a stock m3 wheels look like basically). Good to hear!

Does anyone have pictures of spacers on an XI? My car is lowered, I wonder if it would rub...
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yes! I am so getting spacers for my car now. I always thought that would mess with the awd system, but apparently I was misinformed. I've been dying for that flush look. (not hellaflush stance bs, just what a stock m3 wheels look like basically). Good to hear!

Does anyone have pictures of spacers on an XI? My car is lowered, I wonder if it would rub...
My best advice is to follow the above diagram to take measurements to figure out how much clearance your particular car has. You should be able to get away with at least 10mm spacers on all four corners, but that may not give you the look you'd like.
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While I don't have an XI, I do run spacers on my M3. I have a 15mm TMS set for the front and a 12mm MS set for the rear. Both are very well made.....especially the TMS set.
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Typically stock wheels on a bimmer can take a 10mm spacer with zero issues. But just to insure you have the clearance to run them take a look at the diagram below, it shows how to measure for spacers. Eyeballing it can sometimes trick you into thinking a 10mm spacer is a bit bigger (or smaller) than it really is lol.
10s dont fit on our cars without grinding down the hub. most hubs are more than 10mm and there would be a gap between the rotor and spacers.

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While I don't have an XI, I do run spacers on my M3. I have a 15mm TMS set for the front and a 12mm MS set for the rear. Both are very well made.....especially the TMS set.
TMS spacers are definitely worth it. I may replace the fronts on my car with TMS ones.
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10s dont fit on our cars without grinding down the hub. most hubs are more than 10mm and there would be a gap between the rotor and spacers.



TMS spacers are definitely worth it. I may replace the fronts on my car with TMS ones.
Realistically they do fit and I had zero issues with vibrations
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