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Old 01-08-2006, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone help, i have an E36 325i, i'm not a boy racer but i have recently put some 17" M3 wheels on my car, it looks really well, however i have noticed that on occasion the rear wheels seem to catch the arches, would stiffening the rear shocks solve this problem, any advise would be appreciated. Cheersused:
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You can put in rubber spacers to help the rubbing. But depending on how far the offset the rims have a lower profile tire may be the best "repair".
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Can anyone help, i have an E36 325i, i'm not a boy racer but i have recently put some 17" M3 wheels on my car, it looks really well, however i have noticed that on occasion the rear wheels seem to catch the arches, would stiffening the rear shocks solve this problem, any advise would be appreciated. Cheersused:
are the wheels genuine bmw mate?
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You shouldn't be rubbing if you're tires are 235/45/17. Any wider than 235 and you'll rub. There was a thread about this a while back. Try a search on the forum. I don't remember what the offset should be at... I think factory was 7.5. Mine are 17x7.5
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According to some articles I've read, The M3 actually has different wheelwell dimensions in the rear. It is a little deeper and wider than the other E36's. I don't know about width, but the offset could be different. So, depending on what size tire you have on the back, it could rub on the non-M cars. The factory M3's have the staggered wheels, but actually have the same size tires front and rear. So I've been told.
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I may be wrong but I believe e36 M3 rear wheel offset is 8.5 . Couldn't find anything to confirm.
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I was wrong. See link below.

http://www.bmwworld.com/models/m3_e36.htm

According to this link e36 M3 came with 7.5 offset front and back.
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All E36 M3's I have seen come with staggered set-up 17x7.5 front & 17x8.5 rear.. The offset which you all keep reffering to as "7.5" or "8.5" is NOT the offset. Those 2 numbers are just the width in inches... I believe most E36 stock rim offsets in the low 40mm's.
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If they are OEM wheels, the width, size and offset are stamped on them somewhere. Either in the front or back of the wheel.
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