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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 Sun, Oct-13-2019, 05:19:41 AM   #1
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I recently installed a set of 19 csl rep wheels and tires on my coupe. I originally had stock staggered 18s on stock suspension. I added 19x8.5 ET35 and 19x10 ET30 wheels on 225/40/19 and 255/35/19 tires on stock suspension. I have noticed that the left side is higher than the right. When using the trusty finger measurement, i can get two fingers high on the passenger side and three on the driver side. Everything I have seen has said that this is common and has to do with compensating for the weight of the driver. I do not recall it being so noticeable on the stocks 18s. Is there something that may have gone wrong or i may be missing? I also noticed that there is maybe a finger worth of space between the tire and bottom of the spring seat on the passenger side and more on the driver side. Should I be concerned? I plan on putting the stick wheels back on to see if it goes back to normal. Could the issue be the new wheel sizes? Thanks
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Check tire pressures, put a driver in and re-measure to center caps.
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Probably an illusion. It’s more noticeable now Bcs you see more rim than tire. Now you’re looking at it more than when you weren’t concerned about it.
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I recently installed a set of 19 csl rep wheels and tires on my coupe. I originally had stock staggered 18s on stock suspension. I added 19x8.5 ET35 and 19x10 ET30 wheels on 225/40/19 and 255/35/19 tires on stock suspension. I have noticed that the left side is higher than the right. When using the trusty finger measurement, i can get two fingers high on the passenger side and three on the driver side. Everything I have seen has said that this is common and has to do with compensating for the weight of the driver. I do not recall it being so noticeable on the stocks 18s. Is there something that may have gone wrong or i may be missing? I also noticed that there is maybe a finger worth of space between the tire and bottom of the spring seat on the passenger side and more on the driver side. Should I be concerned? I plan on putting the stick wheels back on to see if it goes back to normal. Could the issue be the new wheel sizes? Thanks
Suspension might need to settle a little if it spent some time in the air, especially if one side was in the air longer than the other.
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OP are you running coilovers? Do you have control arm/spring perch reinforcement plates?
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