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Old 08-02-2006, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to get 18" oem M3 rims to fit?

There is a set of 18" oem E46 M3 rims forsale locally and I was wondering what all is needed to get them to fit an E36.

They seem to be 18 x 8.5(or 8), 47mm offset in the front and 18 x 9.5(or 9), 28mm offset in the rear. They currently have 225/45R18 in the front and 255/40R18 in the rear.
Now I realize that the rear isn't going to work with the current rubber but will it work with narrower rubber and a fender roll, or some other modification?

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Rears wont fit at all. Your best bet is to find some replica e46 M3 wheels.
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They won't fit. The offset is way too low. If you have a widebody you probably could. I don't know of anyone who has gotten it to work for them... and I've seen a lot of people ask this very same question.

With that being said...
1. You need smaller tires on the 9.5 rim, ie 225 or 235. Ever seen the euro look of stretched tire? This is that to the extreme.
2. Extreme fender rolling.... where do you plan on fitting 9.5 wide rims in that fenderwell?
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Yeah I figured it may not be possible but thought it couldn't hurt to ask since the price was right and the rims and rubber were mint.

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