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Old 02-02-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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Progress on 325i



Feel free to ask about the body work.

Q: Howcome bumper is not aligned?
A: Because it is mounted on support brackets and rebar online.

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Old 02-02-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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All I was like wow wow wow
Defiantly cool project
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:27 AM   #4
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Rear wheel mounted. I think 10.5 will fit and 11 might fit with panels rolled (maybe)

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Note: Wheel is sitting on wooded blocks. Suspension will probably be about 1" lower after driving.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:58 AM   #5
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i was looking at the inner wheel well pics and it looks like they could have gained you more tire clearance if they molded the metal and welded things differently
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i was looking at the inner wheel well pics and it looks like they could have gained you more tire clearance if they molded the metal and welded things differently
The wheel well on the drivers side is a little bit bigger than stock m3. It can be cut and re-welded for even more space, but I'm more than fine with 9.5
On the passenger side wheel well is way bigger ( at least it seems like it) compared to what it used to be.

Also this all (welding, cutting, fitting) is done at home garage, by my dad.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #7
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Cool project! gonna look great when it's done. Are you gonna respray silver?
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:15 PM   #8
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Cool project! gonna look great when it's done. Are you gonna respray silver?
Thanks. Yea I guess I'll have to respray silver. Cheaper than repainting whole car
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #10
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Does anyone know what kind of rubber coating is used inside the wheel well?
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So you wont be able to put bigger wheels? what's the point of the m3 fenders?
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So you wont be able to put bigger wheels? what's the point of the m3 fenders?
I think I wrote something wrong. The wheel wells are bigger than original m3 wells. So I will be able to put bigger wheels. I can put even bigger wheels if some modifications are made.
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I think I wrote something wrong. The wheel wells are bigger than original m3 wells. So I will be able to put bigger wheels. I can put even bigger wheels if some modifications are made.
Nope..your writing is good. It looks like the outside will look wider, but inside you still have the same specs as it was before. Maybe i am wrong....I would love to see a sedan with 10" or 10.5" wheels. enjoy bro.
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Here are pictures of passenger side wheel well welded.









"Top front" not "top from".
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:26 PM   #16
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cant wait to see more! what kind of wheels are those?
They are some sort of bbs replicas. I don't love nor hate them, but they will have to do until I save up for some 360 forged.

Front 19x8.5 ET38 225/35
Rear 19x9.5 ET38 255/30

Edit. I still have no idea what kind of rubber coating it is. I have some rust/water spray/coating but it will be used on fenders only.
Dealer doesn't wanna co-operate

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I think I have got a case of tire sizing gone slightly wrong.

Here are the specs for the old wheels (all around) and new wheels (front&rears). Ignore offset



As you can see, I was sizing the tires to match the height of old and new wheels. But I forgot that I have got more wheel well space.

Should have went with higher aspect ratio and then match front&rear height




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you can definitely rock wider wheels, I used to run 10.5" on my stock quarters now with m3 quarters welded on I'm planning atleast 12". welding and mounting the quarter panels looks really cheap, but i guess you did all that in your garage. just make sure you put some rubber coating or seal the inner parts better because in few months if not done properly the rear will be a huge rust bucket.. but congrats on all the work so far its definitely not easy to get them 100% perfect.
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you can definitely rock wider wheels, I used to run 10.5" on my stock quarters now with m3 quarters welded on I'm planning atleast 12". welding and mounting the quarter panels looks really cheap, but i guess you did all that in your garage. just make sure you put some rubber coating or seal the inner parts better because in few months if not done properly the rear will be a huge rust bucket.. but congrats on all the work so far its definitely not easy to get them 100% perfect.
Just out of curiosity, how else would someone weld m3 panels onto a sedan?
"welding and mounting the quarter panels looks really cheap" Yes it kinda does, but would welding full m3 panel look better?
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