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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Coilovers with 10mm and 12mm spacers???

Sup guys,

Today I got my ST coilovers in the mail and brought them over to my mechanic to install tonight.

Right now I have 19 in. OEM wheels w/ 12mm front spacers and 10mm rear spacers. With that said, do you think it'll rub after it is lowered tomorrow? The front didn't look like it would, but the back did from just eying it.

I told him to try to do 13'' all around, hopefully it won't be a problem. I tried looking up this combination but didn't see much on it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Sup guys,

Today I got my ST coilovers in the mail and brought them over to my mechanic to install tonight.

Right now I have 19 in. OEM wheels w/ 12mm front spacers and 10mm rear spacers. With that said, do you think it'll rub after it is lowered tomorrow? The front didn't look like it would, but the back did from just eying it.

I told him to try to do 13'' all around, hopefully it won't be a problem. I tried looking up this combination but didn't see much on it.
I am lowered 1.5n on oem 19s and oem tires and have a 20mm spacer up front. Zero rubbing under any conditions, braking, bumps, hard cornering. 10 should also be ok on the rear.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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Hey guys would they work without any spacers?

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:10 AM   #4
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I have stock 19in. with 245 fr/ 275r with Eibach springs. I am running 5mm spacers on the rears and they rub slightly when going over hard bump and that is with fender rolled.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:56 AM   #5
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I have stock 19in. with 245 fr/ 275r with Eibach springs. I am running 5mm spacers on the rears and they rub slightly when going over hard bump and that is with fender rolled.
That is weird because I have Eibach pro kits as well and with the 10mm in the back and there is no rubbing? Guess I'll see how it turns out tomorrow.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
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That is weird because I have Eibach pro kits as well and with the 10mm in the back and there is no rubbing? Guess I'll see how it turns out tomorrow.
It might have to do with tire size as well. Are you running 255 on the rears?
This is how it looks on mine with 10mm on the rears but the rubbing is just too much so I went down to 5mm. Now only the right side is slightly rubbing but only over hard bumps. I think the it looks best with 10mm but I had to settle for 5mm. Someone here were able to use 10mm on the rears without rubbing but he was using a different tire brand.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:01 AM   #7
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I'm on OEM ZCP with 265/30, and 235/35. 18mm up front, 12mm out back with no rubbing. I havent measured my height yet though.


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Old 01-04-2013, 10:47 AM   #8
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It might have to do with tire size as well. Are you running 255 on the rears?
This is how it looks on mine with 10mm on the rears but the rubbing is just too much so I went down to 5mm. Now only the right side is slightly rubbing but only over hard bumps. I think the it looks best with 10mm but I had to settle for 5mm. Someone here were able to use 10mm on the rears without rubbing but he was using a different tire brand.
Is that a pic of your car with the fenders rolled? I am running 255 out back on the same rim and really loved how it looked with a 20mm spacer. However I had to remove it because obviously it rubbed on bumps. I want to roll my fenders and try to get the 20mm to fit (or if it doesnt then do with the largest one that would). Any regrets with having the fenders rolled? Could you tell at all from any angle that they were modified? I know I could do a 12 no problem but hate to settle on that if I could do an 18 or a 20 with rolled fenders, unless there is a downside to doing that. Thanks. Here is a pic with a 255 and no spacer.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:42 AM   #9
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Is that a pic of your car with the fenders rolled? I am running 255 out back on the same rim and really loved how it looked with a 20mm spacer. However I had to remove it because obviously it rubbed on bumps. I want to roll my fenders and try to get the 20mm to fit (or if it doesnt then do with the largest one that would). Any regrets with having the fenders rolled? Could you tell at all from any angle that they were modified? I know I could do a 12 no problem but hate to settle on that if I could do an 18 or a 20 with rolled fenders, unless there is a downside to doing that. Thanks. Here is a pic with a 255 and no spacer.
Yup, that's mine with 10mm spacers. Tire brand does make some difference since they are not all perfectly 275 - some slightly narrower. Currently I am using 5mm on the rears and the right side only slightly rubs over hard bumps but I think it's just some plastic back there sticking out.

When I had 10mm, normally on level surface it's fine but anything over small bumps or hard turn would rub. I could see quite a bit of the rub marks on the rear tires.

The inside fenders on the M3 is harder than other cars so it can't be rolled completely. There will still be some sticking out. Also, I think most of the rubbing comes from the back of the fender where the fender meets the rear bumper which can't really be rolled. If there is too much rubbing, it could potentially damage the rear bumper I think.

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Old 01-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #10
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I'm on OEM ZCP with 265/30, and 235/35. 18mm up front, 12mm out back with no rubbing. I havent measured my height yet though.



i'm currently on pilot super sports which are 255. your car is exactly how i want mine lowered. im going to pick the car up in about an hour.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:14 PM   #11
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Picked up the car yesterday. I have no idea how I am not rubbing in the back. I can barely stick my finger between the wheel and the fender. But when I'm driving I do not hear any rubbing, even on turns. I did go over a bump today and heard the wheels rub though.

I'm contemplating if I should raise the back or take my rear spacers off? Or I guess just leave it. I think if I had just 1 person sitting in the back it'll definitely rub.

Overall, pretty happy with how it looks though.

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Old 01-06-2013, 12:31 AM   #12
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That is weird because I have Eibach pro kits as well and with the 10mm in the back and there is no rubbing? Guess I'll see how it turns out tomorrow.
This is my setup too, with a 265 rear tyre - no rubbing! Could probably do a 12mm rear spacer.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:00 AM   #13
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Picked up the car yesterday. I have no idea how I am not rubbing in the back. I can barely stick my finger between the wheel and the fender. But when I'm driving I do not hear any rubbing, even on turns. I did go over a bump today and heard the wheels rub though.

I'm contemplating if I should raise the back or take my rear spacers off? Or I guess just leave it. I think if I had just 1 person sitting in the back it'll definitely rub.

Overall, pretty happy with how it looks though.
Looks Good!! Is this at it's lowest setting?
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Looks Good!! Is this at it's lowest setting?
Thanks man. Your car looks incredible as well. The color is insane.

I think it's 2nd to lowest. Is it normal for my right side to be a little lower than my left? Both are on the same setting.
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Thanks man. Your car looks incredible as well. The color is insane.

I think it's 2nd to lowest. Is it normal for my right side to be a little lower than my left? Both are on the same setting.
Thanks man!

I believe most are like this, unless you get the car corner balanced. Im sure some of the other guys would have more knowledge about that.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #17
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your driver side is supposed to be a little higher.....evens out when the driver gets in the car.

as for me ...not to threadjack.
Im looking into getting and H&R Touring Cup Kit...plan to run 20mm in the back 12mm in the front. stock style 73 wheels.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:06 PM   #18
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I've got Bilstein PSS9s and am slightly tucking on all four corners and my Rogue spacers 15mm (F) 10mm (R) are in the mail.. A little worried about the rear rubbing, we'll see..
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I've got Bilstein PSS9s and am slightly tucking on all four corners and my Rogue spacers 15mm (F) 10mm (R) are in the mail.. A little worried about the rear rubbing, we'll see..
I've got the same set up - PSS9 suspension with the front setting all the way down but yet there is still a small wheel gap. STRANGE

You'll def need to raise the rear a bit to accomodate the spacers.
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