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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Fri, Jan-11-2019, 11:32:54 PM   #1
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Default Wheels with stock ride height

Which wheels and specs look best on an E46 that has not been lowered?
Seems like a square setup looks silly when I see photos.

My goals are to minimize the stagger in order to eliminate understeer while keeping the stock ride height and the car looking good/OEM+. I like the Arc-8s the most, any specs that look great at stock height you recommend?

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I find a square (rear) set of the OE 18” look pretty goodt at that height.
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Default Re: Wheels with stock ride height

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Which wheels and specs look best on an E46 that has not been lowered?
Seems like a square setup looks silly when I see photos.

My goals are to minimize the stagger in order to eliminate understeer while keeping the stock ride height and the car looking good/OEM+. I like the Arc-8s the most, any specs that look great at stock height you recommend?

Photos appreciated
Anything wider than 8.5 et35 up front looks silly at stock height.

You can minimize stagger with tire size, and gain turn-in from a better alignment and/or adding sway bars.. Any perceived understeer on the street beyond this is probably a good thing.
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I find a square (rear) set of the OE 18” look pretty goodt at that height.
At stock height, it may look mexi-flush up front. You want just slightly more aggressive than factory wheel specs or you risk looking like you hang out at autozone
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At stock height, it may look mexi-flush up front. You want just slightly more aggressive than factory wheel specs or you risk looking like you hang out at autozone
Or just slam your stock camber settings

OP - what's your rationale to not wanting to play with the ride height?
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Default Re: Wheels with stock ride height

Thanks guys.
I've had many cars that have been lowered in the past and there are always lots of compromises. Ride quality, ground clearance, scraping.
My M3 is a very nice example and I'd like to keep it very close to stock. I do some non-competitive autox so the understeer is visible.

Thoughts on Arc-8 in 18.8.5 et38 front and 18x9 et30? I'm not opposed to maxing out camber to help tuck it in.
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Thanks guys.
I've had many cars that have been lowered in the past and there are always lots of compromises. Ride quality, ground clearance, scraping.
My M3 is a very nice example and I'd like to keep it very close to stock. I do some non-competitive autox so the understeer is visible.

Thoughts on Arc-8 in 18.8.5 et38 front and 18x9 et30? I'm not opposed to maxing out camber to help tuck it in.
18x9+30 rear is more sunk than stock isn’t it? Your fronts would stick out more than stock and rears would sink in more than stock. Or did you mean 18x8.5 or 18x9 up front?
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Default Re: Wheels with stock ride height

Here is a stock car with square Apex ET35 9.5" wheels with a spacer (probably 12mm) in the rear:

https://flic.kr/p/a5Ctos
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https://flic.kr/p/a5zzYx

From a front side view of the front axle, I'm not a fan of how the top of the front wheel sticks out slightly past the fender liner. I would assume this is with the camber mod. It doesn't look terrible, but I prefer a set of staggered ZCP/CSLs or OE 18s for a stock suspension setup.
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Default Re: Wheels with stock ride height

Thanks for the photos. I think the concave rim in the front doesn't look great.
What are your thoughts on 18x9 ET42 front (shallow profile) and 18x9 ET30 rear (concave profile). Would that have the 'staggered-oem-look'?
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VMR CSL reps. 19x9.5 19x10

I have since forgotten the offsets, but they’re pretty much ideal. Looks very OE and let’s you run a 255/265 or a 275/285 thus eliminating understeer.

I wouldn’t run 18’s at OE height.

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