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Old 06-10-2006, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who here has a e39 with staggered offset and lowered? Do you rub?
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Old 06-10-2006, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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See my gallery. My 1999 540 is lowered with H&R Sport springs and Koni Sport struts. It has the OEM Sport staggered tires/wheels (17 x 8" front rim/235/45-17 tire, and 17 x 9" rear rim w/255/40-17 rear tires). No rubbing at all.
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my 540i has 245/40 18 front and 275/35 18 back and it rubs now at normal height if there is weight in the back. it has the m5 wheels on it.
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my 540i has 245/40 18 front and 275/35 18 back and it rubs now at normal height if there is weight in the back. it has the m5 wheels on it.
I also noticed that my fenders are rolled. Do m5's have "wider fenders" than normal m5's?
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I have a year 2000 BMW 528i touring with 19 x 10 in the rear with 265/30 series and there is still plenty of room. I do not have rolled fenders either. I have H&R lowering sport springs with the stock shocks. I think I could have fit 275's on the rear. For the front I have 19 x 9 in wheels and 235 tires. Again, plenty of room, even with the lowering springs.
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I also noticed that my fenders are rolled. Do m5's have "wider fenders" than normal m5's?
M5's have special plastic inner fender liners to allow for their wider tires. A popular 528/530/540 mod is to retrofit the M5 fender liners to accommodate wider-than-stock tires.
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I will have to take a look. Like I said its only in the passenger rear, which I heard will rub only on that side for somereason. I can't figure out why it would only rub on that side.
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My e39 540 has 245/40/18s and it occasionally rubs on the passenger side, however it is a lot lower than most, I'm sure... It's on eibach coilovers pretty much sitting on the ground and the rub is pretty slight.... only under hard acceleration through a sharp corner.


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My e39 540 has 245/40/18s and it occasionally rubs on the passenger side, however it is a lot lower than most, I'm sure... It's on eibach coilovers pretty much sitting on the ground and the rub is pretty slight.... only under hard acceleration through a sharp corner.


front or back. Mines does in in the back, but only over a dip or with adults in the back.
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Do then I am guessing its really not hitting the fender, but the fender liner. I saw a few things about m5 fenders, but would just be able to cut mine to look like the m5 fender liners?
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Do then I am guessing its really not hitting the fender, but the fender liner. I saw a few things about m5 fenders, but would just be able to cut mine to look like the m5 fender liners?
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I just don't know - from photos I've seen of the M5 fender liner, there's also a difference in the lip itself.
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Right - it only rubs on the liner.
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M5 fender liners are available from your dealer. RealOEM.com has them priced at $61.38 each, which means if your dealer discounts for BMW CCA members like mine does, you can probably get them for $50 each or less. The P/Ns are: 51712496658 right rear, and 51712496657 for left rear.

I recommend you research them and decide for yourself whether you can dremel your existing liners close enough to the M5 liners.

My personal opinion is hate all of the frappin' liners because re-installing mine was THE hardest and fussiest part of installing my H&R Springs and Konis in the rear on my car. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em....
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