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Old 06-14-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Recommend an e46 ZHP 19" Setup?

Hey all! I'm looking for recommendations.

I have a '04-'06 e46 BMW 330Ci ZHP (Performance) staggered setup currently and want to make the move from 18" wheels to 19" wheels all around.

Here's my working parameters:

1) I am looking for the following in a new wheel:

19" x 8.5 (Front)
19" x 9.5 or larger (Rear)
Matte or Flat Black color
VMR V710-style

2) I enjoy the staggered look and like seeing the wheels peeking out from the wheel wells, so I imagine I would probably need to add spacers for the offset in most cases. Just not sure how far I can peek before I'll experience issues in rubbing and/or noticeable suspension differences.

3) I want to maintain the current ride quality (smooth) and excellent handling.

4) I've been considering the 'Michelin Pilot Super Sport' tires, but am open to suggestion.

5) I'd like to eliminate as much gap as possible between tire and fender, without being so close that i have to be constantly paranoid.

6) I'm not opposed to rolling fenders if needed, but would prefer to avoid it if at all possible.

I appreciate any assistance/insight you can provide!


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Old 06-15-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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I think you will have to roll the fenders at least and even then, your ride will get harsher, no doubt and you may have to change springs to stiffer rate to avoid rubbing on hard cornering.

That is just an opinion based on experience but if I were you, I would call Tirerack.com and ask them to recommend a setup for you to buy including any suspension mods they think you may need. You don't have to buy from them but they will give you great professional advice.

Unless you are highway driving only. The question is not if but when you bend, crack or rash them in a pothole.

I would try to borrow a set for a test drive if possible.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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If you want a more aggressive fit, fender rolling is a must. We recommend 19x8.5 ET35/19x9.5 ET45 with 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 tires for your car. This setup won't rub on factory suspension, but if you decide to go really low, you may rub here or there. Michelin Pilot Super Sports are great summer tires, so I think you'll find that they hold up to your expectations in regard to the handling and ride quality. The fitment should be something like this.

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:39 PM   #5
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If I'm on a ZHP Performance Suspension already, and I don't want to go any lower (at the moment), will I still have enough clearance to NOT rub with your recommended setup?

Also, will I be able to 'push out' gently with spacers (open to size suggestions..) or would that cost me handling/ride quality?
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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Does this sound like a good plan then for my 2006 ZHP e46?

Planned upgrade:
(Front) 19 x 8.5 VMR v710 (5x120, 72.6, 35) in Matte Black with Michelin Pilot Super Sport (235/35-19)
(Rear) 19 x 9.5 VMR v710 (5x120, 72.6, 45) in Matte Black with Michelin Pilot Super Sport (265/30-19)

Current:
18 x 8.5 with Bridgestone Potenza RE040 (225/40ZR18 88Y)
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Wheel specs, and tire sizing seems good. You might be able to run a small spacer and get away with it, but honestly if you're looking for them to be really flush, you would need to do some fender work.
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I'd like to eliminate as much gap as possible between tire and fender, without being so close that i have to be constantly paranoid.- you need a lowering springs and a sport shocks to do this, otherwise your car will be higher with the 19's.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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Interesting thought occurred to me..

After opening/closing the passenger door for my girl (like a gentleman), I noticed how much lower my car sits with her in it. Considering she only weighs 119 lbs., I started imagining the drop with me seated inside as well. I would imagine that any gap (fender to tire) viewable curbside is probably gone while driving, so I think I might be better off staying with the 18 inch wheels.

That in mind, would this still be a good fit?

(Front) 18 x 8.5 VMR v710 (5x120, 72.6, 35) in Matte Black with Michelin Pilot Super Sport (235/35-18)
(Rear) 18 x 9.5 VMR v710 (5x120, 72.6, 45) in Matte Black with Michelin Pilot Super Sport (265/30-18)

Lastly, anywhere in SoCal I can get this setup for a decent price (Sales, Forum Discount, Active-Duty Military Discount, etc..)?
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I would recommend against sizing the sidewall down, and go with 235/40/18 and 265/35/18 in order to keep the speedo accurate. We have a few dealers around SoCal that offer deals from time to time, plus we're located in Anaheim. Local pick up is always an option.
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Agreed, in staying with the OEM 18" size, I might as well stay with the OEM tire specs as well.

Sooooo, if I could hit the road super-early and make the trip to Anaheim, could you work out a sweet deal on same-day purchase, install, etc.. so I can make the trip home that evening?

If so, please shoot me a PM so we can discuss pricing. I'd love to see what you can offer for Forum/Military/BMWCCA discounts on the package below:

(Front) 18 x 8.5 VMR v710 (5x120, 72.6, 35) in Matte Black with new Michelin Pilot Super Sport (225/40ZR18 88Y)
(Rear) 18 x 9.5 VMR v710 (5x120, 72.6, 45) in Matte Black with existing rear tires remounted (255/35ZR18 90Y)
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