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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
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Oct-13-2017, 12:01:07 AM   #11
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Default Re: Installed Spacers, now ticking noise

measure thickness of hub + spacer + wheel where the lugs would sit into. now measure the length of the lugs.
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measure thickness of hub + spacer + wheel where the lugs would sit into. now measure the length of the lugs.
will do, so basically the extended bolts have to be sticking out of the wheel with the spacer as the original bolts without the spacer, correct?
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Hmm I was under the assumption that when buying spacers with bolts they are the proper length, no?
True, but companies do make mistakes. Easiest thing to rule out are the bolts. You may be able to just put on your stock bolts to test out at slow speeds (if spacers aren't too big).
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True, but companies do make mistakes. Easiest thing to rule out are the bolts. You may be able to just put on your stock bolts to test out at slow speeds (if spacers aren't too big).
I have 15MM spacers, ill try that tonight, not sure if they will be long enough though...
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will do, so basically the extended bolts have to be sticking out of the wheel with the spacer as the original bolts without the spacer, correct?
yes.. then measure the thickness of the hub. if the length of the lugs is more then the total thickness .. then the lugs may be too long and it is hitting something behind the hub.. thus making the ticking noise.

before the spacers and extended bolts.. there was no ticking .. yeah?
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yes.. then measure the thickness of the hub. if the length of the lugs is more then the total thickness .. then the lugs may be too long and it is hitting something behind the hub.. thus making the ticking noise.

before the spacers and extended bolts.. there was no ticking .. yeah?
got you, yes no ticking noise before, but i got new wheels (a bit wider) plus 15MM spacers and extended bolts. Also, this ticking noise i hear from the back driver side, not sure if the passenger rear wheel is doing the same thing, hard to listen if you don't have a passenger do it for you.. haha
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got you, yes no ticking noise before, but i got new wheels (a bit wider) plus 15MM spacers and extended bolts. Also, this ticking noise i hear from the back driver side, not sure if the passenger rear wheel is doing the same thing, hard to listen if you don't have a passenger do it for you.. haha
can the new wheels be installed without the spacers and longer lugs? if so, listen for any ticking.

if no ticking.. the culprit is your longer lugs. .. yeah?
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can the new wheels be installed without the spacers and longer lugs? if so, listen for any ticking.

if no ticking.. the culprit is your longer lugs. .. yeah?
Not sure if they will fit without rubbing, but will definitely try this option. Thanks for all the help.
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When buying spacers with extended bolts, are they only specifically made to fit stock wheels that the car came with from factory or you should be able to fit other wheels that are similar size?
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When buying spacers with extended bolts, are they only specifically made to fit stock wheels that the car came with from factory or you should be able to fit other wheels that are similar size?
spacers can be used with any wheel applications. as long as the new lugs are long enough to accommodate the depth of the spacer. too long is as bad as too short.
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