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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.


View Poll Results: Winter wheels
OEM 19" with winter tires (Current Wheels) and buy another summer wheels ? 0 0%
OEM E46 18" (Squared) 4 44.44%
OEM E9X 18" Wheels (Squared, Better fit) 1 11.11%
Apex 18" SM-10 0 0%
Apex 18" FL-5 1 11.11%
Other options ? 3 33.33%
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Old Tue, Oct-10-2017, 05:11:10 PM   #1
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Question Help needed for choosing winter wheels

Hi All,

I am planning to drive my Imola M3 in winters here in OH and need help deciding wheels.

Not easy to find OEM squared so considering Apex, any other option I should consider ?
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Default Re: Help needed for choosing winter wheels

18's will help you cut through the snow better I'd think. All this insane energy with the hurricanes/tropical storms makes me feel like we might be in it for some snowfall this year, esp considering we didn't get much last winter either.
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18's will help you cut through the snow better I'd think. All this insane energy with the hurricanes/tropical storms makes me feel like we might be in it for some snowfall this year, esp considering we didn't get much last winter either.
yeah very true.

I am thinking OEM wheels will be of some use if I plan to buy another set of summer wheels.
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Old Tue, Oct-10-2017, 05:44:44 PM   #4
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Oem square 18's with dedicated winter tires. You'll get the benefit of rotating the tires because of the square set up as well.
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Default Re: Help needed for choosing winter wheels

If you could find a good deal I'd go OEM 18s, no need to do a squared set, nor go with a wide tire either... It'll keep the cost down and the thinner tire will cut through the snow better. Plus you won't be slinging a bunch of crap down your fender or side of the car with the aggressive offset you'd have doing a squared set in the front. You could even step down to 17's if you'd like depending on your brake setup.

OEM 19s with a decent set of blizzaks or nokians may be your cheapest route though if you can't find a good deal out there on 18"/17"s and it'll will handle just fine in the snow.
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Square OEM 18x8, narrower is better.
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Default Re: Help needed for choosing winter wheels

I will be using 18x8 BBS RSK's for mine. 245-40-18 square. (Correct diameter)
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Style 224 wheels look killer and are narrow enough to run for snows. They clear a bunch of larger brake options. They are a bit rare-er than the OE18s, but another good options. PLUS cleaning a 5 spoke is way easier than the OE18s.... Just another thought!
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Are you still on stock brakes? I would go with 17s. Cheaper wheels and tires. I just picked up a set of 18s for my F80 daily. Brakes wouldn't allow 17" wheels.
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Default Re: Help needed for choosing winter wheels

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Oem square 18's with dedicated winter tires. You'll get the benefit of rotating the tires because of the square set up as well.
Yeah that is why looking for squared setup, have not seen any recently.

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If you could find a good deal I'd go OEM 18s, no need to do a squared set, nor go with a wide tire either... It'll keep the cost down and the thinner tire will cut through the snow better. Plus you won't be slinging a bunch of crap down your fender or side of the car with the aggressive offset you'd have doing a squared set in the front. You could even step down to 17's if you'd like depending on your brake setup.

Which 17's? trying to find OEM 18". Probably WTB thread to see if anyone has one.

OEM 19s with a decent set of blizzaks or nokians may be your cheapest route though if you can't find a good deal out there on 18"/17"s and it'll will handle just fine in the snow.
I have to go this route if not able to find other wheels.

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Square OEM 18x8, narrower is better.
Yeah, thanks for your reply

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I will be using 18x8 BBS RSK's for mine. 245-40-18 square. (Correct diameter)
Those are some nice wheels for winters :P

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Style 224 wheels look killer and are narrow enough to run for snows. They clear a bunch of larger brake options. They are a bit rare-er than the OE18s, but another good options. PLUS cleaning a 5 spoke is way easier than the OE18s.... Just another thought!
Looks good but I like the OEM 18" with lip. I personally feel bmw's look better with lip on wheels.

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Are you still on stock brakes? I would go with 17s. Cheaper wheels and tires. I just picked up a set of 18s for my F80 daily. Brakes wouldn't allow 17" wheels.
yup stock brakes and staying stock. which 17's?

Thanks for your reply guys.
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