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Old 04-16-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Will 9,5x18 ET 35 clear the coilover on a non M?

My questions is, will a 9,5x18 ET 35 wheel fit in a non M e46 coupe fitted with KW v2 suspension without spacers?

My doubt is only on the front.

The tyre size would be 225/40.

If someone has that info I would appreciate that.

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Old 04-17-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:21 PM   #3
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It won't hit the coilover perch or spring?

I'm as low as it is possible on the coils.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:21 PM   #4
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i think it still will. the tire size doesn't matter since the rim actually would hit it, not the tire. i have ASTs though, and i had to put a 5mm spacer
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:02 PM   #5
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Yes, it will clear.
WRONG. It will clear if he on OEM Struts with Lowering Springs. Coilovers is another story. Unless he CRANK it all the way up then it will clear. Or he need some AST or TC Kline coilovers and he will clear with no issues.

Here is a pic showing ST V1 Coilovers with 18x9.5 et33. I set the Spring 1" taller then OEM.



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It won't hit the coilover perch or spring?

I'm as low as it is possible on the coils.
Yes u will rub. Will need about 10mm spacer. Ask me how I know

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he's not going to clear with ASTs either lol cause it certainly doesn't clear with my car
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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ST coils are simmliar to kw's...

I tought of removing the helper springs, so the main spring could raise a bit, but i'm no sure if that would be enuff.

And 10mm spacer is the minimum or I could get away with 5mm?

With 10mm spacer the wheel would stuck out too much and I would have too buy extended bolts.

To minimize the wheel stuching too much i would have too use camber plates and use at least 2.5 degrees camber.

The tire on the front would be 225/40 or 235/40
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he's not going to clear with ASTs either lol cause it certainly doesn't clear with my car
It does. Sway collar has to be all the way down or cranked all the way up with short springs. That is the Great Thing about AST.

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ST coils are simmliar to kw's...

I tought of removing the helper springs, so the main spring could raise a bit, but i'm no sure if that would be enuff.

And 10mm spacer is the minimum or I could get away with 5mm?

With 10mm spacer the wheel would stuck out too much and I would have too buy extended bolts.

To minimize the wheel stuching too much i would have too use camber plates and use at least 2.5 degrees camber.

The tire on the front would be 225/40 or 235/40
I would remove Helper Spring and Run Vorshlag Camber Plates. That will fit the Collar Clearance and Spring Rubbing. Also can run 255/35 size tire as well. Camber will be about -2 or so. You will not need spacers if u run this setup that I speak of.

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usually when you buy spacers, the extended bolts are included. so you don't have to worry about that. but i think 235 is already a heck of a lot of stretch. 245 should be like the absolute minimum. you'll probably need camber plates.
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It does. Sway collar has to be all the way down or cranked all the way up with short springs. That is the Great Thing about AST.



I would remove Helper Spring and Run Vorshlag Camber Plates. That will fit the Collar Clearance and Spring Rubbing. Also can run 255/35 size tire as well. Camber will be about -2 or so. You will not need spacers if u run this setup that I speak of.

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mine hits the spring perch/adjustment collar lol but yeah, i guess if you try and use shorter springs. yeah the sway collar being adjustable is one of the most complained about feature because it gets loose after awhile. they went back to the fixed in the update.
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mine hits the spring perch/adjustment collar lol but yeah, i guess if you try and use shorter springs. yeah the sway collar being adjustable is one of the most complained about feature because it gets loose after awhile. they went back to the fixed in the update.
I can see how that get annoying but its a track shock...
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I can see how that get annoying but its a track shock...
yeah, it happens only on the track
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:54 PM   #13
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I would remove Helper Spring and Run Vorshlag Camber Plates. That will fit the Collar Clearance and Spring Rubbing. Also can run 255/35 size tire as well. Camber will be about -2 or so. You will not need spacers if u run this setup that I speak of.

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I think i'm gonna follow your advice

However the max I will go in the front is 235 but still unsure if will use 35 or 40.
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I would remove Helper Spring and Run Vorshlag Camber Plates. That will fit the Collar Clearance and Spring Rubbing. Also can run 255/35 size tire as well. Camber will be about -2 or so. You will not need spacers if u run this setup that I speak of.

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I think i'm gonna follow your advice

However the max I will go in the front is 235 but still unsure if will use 35 or 40.
what ever is closer to OEM tire size.
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Meh, must be a bigger coilover then.

I run 18x9 et 42 with no rub. No spacer. Dropped pretty low but not slammed.
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I'm using 7.5mm spacers in the front. I'm on KW V2's. You need spacers up front for sure when running coils. I put my style 44's on this past winter and forgot to put the spacers on and I noticed the fronts were touching the coils. My VMR's and my factory style 44's require spacers.
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The problem is if I put a big spacer I will have to buy longer bolts a and a new set of anti theft bolts also.

Plus the front will look more fluh than the rear.

The idea was Rota Grid drift 18x10 ET 20 rear and 9,5 ET 35 front.

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I'm using 7.5mm spacers in the front. I'm on KW V2's. You need spacers up front for sure when running coils. I put my style 44's on this past winter and forgot to put the spacers on and I noticed the fronts were touching the coils. My VMR's and my factory style 44's require spacers.
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The problem is if I put a big spacer I will have to buy longer bolts a and a new set of anti theft bolts also.

Plus the front will look more fluh than the rear.

The idea was Rota Grid drift 18x10 ET 20 rear and 9,5 ET 35 front.

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With 7.5mm spacers you don't need extended bolts.
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Yep mate course I know it. I live here. loool

So spacers are a must. And till 7,5 I wont have to use longer bolt.

Are your spacers hub-centric or regular?

As I'm most surely going to do a m3 facelift conversion arch clearance won't be an issue.
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