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I picked up a set of E46 M3 wheels and I wanna throw'em on my 92 318is. I am not worried about fender clearance as I have plans for that. I just would like to know if they will clear the OEM spring retainers, and/or H&R Coil over kit?

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Several E36's here has E46 M3 wheels.
Not sure if they use spacers or anything, but I don't think soo.

If you have, just test them on

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what size are they? E36 cars use a 5x120mm bolt pattern with an offset of 35-46. As far as rubbing and such with aftermarket suspension especially, yes they might depending on alot of things.


Anyone with this setup have an answer for him?

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Originally posted by ILiveToRide@May 10 2005, 04:35 AM
Several E36's here has E46 M3 wheels.
Not sure if they use spacers or anything, but I don't think soo.

If you have, just test them on
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I wish it were that simple. I picked them up on ebay because they were a great deal, but I don't have rubber for them yet. So the physical dimension will not be right until I get tires. But,.....I don't wannna get tires until I know they will work. Catch 22

And thanks for the responses guys

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Ok that explains it.

Looked it up

Normal E46 rims use the same ET range as E36.
E46 M3 front rims fit on E46 and E36 all around, they are 8,5" wide.

However E46 M3 has too low ET in the rear. They don't fit either E46 nor E36.
The rear have the same ET as E39, in the 20-25 range.

I know of one that has them on a 328i E36, but he has rolled his fenders and turned down the rims to a higher ET.

The others seem to have front wheels all around of copies made to fit normal E46's.

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Ok that explains it.

Looked it up

Normal E46 rims use the same ET range as E36.
E46 M3 front rims fit on E46 and E36 all around, they are 8,5" wide.

However E46 M3 has too low ET in the rear. They don't fit either E46 nor E36.
The rear have the same ET as E39, in the 20-25 range.

I know of one that has them on a 328i E36, but he has rolled his fenders and turned down the rims to a higher ET.

The others seem to have front wheels all around of copies made to fit normal E46's.
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Well this might sound dumb, but I have an idea. I think what I am going to do is this. Where the fender starts to flare out on the E36, I will plasma cut that out. Making the wheel well, rediculously huge. But..... I will take sheet metal and an englisg wheel and roll out a small fender extension (like the M3 GTR race car has). It will allow me to do two things, lower the car even more and run a super wide tire.

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I just put E46 ///M wheels on my 328is. No problems there. They are 17"x7.5" front and 17"x8.5" rear.

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I just put E46 ///M wheels on my 328is. No problems there. They are 17"x7.5" front and 17"x8.5" rear.
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The ones in your sig picture right?

They are "M"-wheels for regular E46's, which have the same ET as E36's. And therefor fit straight on.
E46 M3 rear wheels are different. And they only came in 18 and 19".
With an inch wider rims then yours.

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Originally posted by ILiveToRide+May 11 2005, 06:07 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ILiveToRide @ May 11 2005, 06:07 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-morph@May 11 2005, 01:59 PM
I just put E46 ///M wheels on my 328is.* No problems there.* They are 17"x7.5" front and 17"x8.5" rear.
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The ones in your sig picture right?

They are "M"-wheels for regular E46's, which have the same ET as E36's. And therefor fit straight on.
E46 M3 rear wheels are different. And they only came in 18 and 19".
With an inch wider rims then yours.
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Hmmm....

So i got these off my friends 330. They are the above dimensions with the ///M logo on them. He upgraded to 18 inch non-staggered, also ///M-style (with ///M logo). I don't know if there is a difference between parts that come standard on an ///M and ///Motorsport parts.

...and yes, those are the ones in the sig...i am sooooo much happier with them than the stock ones.

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Yours are options for all E46's, first came with the club sport package I think.

M3 wheels look and are different. Your wheels don't fit on E46 M3's.

These are M3 wheels:

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Originally posted by ILiveToRide@May 11 2005, 04:03 PM
Yours are options for all E46's, first came with the club sport package I think.

M3 wheels look and are different. Your wheels don't fit on E46 M3's.

These are M3 wheels:

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So then what are ///Motorsport wheels? Not trying to argue...just confused.


Can i rub my genitals on that ///M?

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So then what are ///Motorsport wheels? Not trying to argue...just confused.


Can i rub my genitals on that ///M?
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I think they got the ///M because they are part of some sport package/s. It's sort of a marketing thing I think.

They do fit your car very well and I really like the colour of yours too


Feel free to rub that M3

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I think they got the ///M because they are part of some sport package/s. It's sort of a marketing thing I think.

They do fit your car very well and I really like the colour of yours too


Feel free to rub that M3
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The marketing thing makes sense. The 330 that those came on was a "sports package." Maybe they make ///M quality parts for sport packages to set them apart.

Thanks for the compliment. I am wayyyy happier with the car now than i was with the factory 15's. It handles way better, looks way better and just is way better. I just need to go down an inch and a half, put new shocks (can i lower with factory shocks?), ///M front mould, CAI, alarm and exhaust. phhheeeewwwww!

Maybe i should just save and buy an ///M!

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