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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 Thu, Dec-01-2016, 07:13:08 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Picking the right offset for 18inch wheel set up.

I have an e46 m3 2006 currently on competition wheels, switching to 18inch wheels getting Ray volk ze40. 9.5 on front and 10.0 rear I have a brembo 6 piston on the front and 4 piston in the rear. The current rear competition wheel with 9.5 width and 25 offset fits the breaks in the rear. The front wheels don't and I have to use 18mm spacers.

What offset set up should I get.

I was going to get 9.5 with 25 offset for front
and 10.0 with 22 offset for rear

FY: I have camber plates and the car is on KW coil over kit.

I like the staggered look
...thoughts on perfect offset set ups?
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Default Re: Picking the right offset for 18inch wheel set up.

Shouldn't have a problem clearing the brakes at all, Competition wheels are 8.0" wide with 47 offset. So the added width of your wheels + the larger offset will be alright.

Personal preference 9.5 is too aggressive up front but a lot of people really like it and its very popular.
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Default Re: Picking the right offset for 18inch wheel set up.

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Shouldn't have a problem clearing the brakes at all, Competition wheels are 8.0" wide with 47 offset. So the added width of your wheels + the larger offset will be alright.

Personal preference 9.5 is too aggressive up front but a lot of people really like it and its very popular.
Yeah you'll be fine on brake clearance. I agree with the above post though, for a staggered setup I would run 10" width rears and 9" fronts or 9.5" rears and 8.5" front. Or just do a square setup and run 9.5" all around.
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Default Re: Picking the right offset for 18inch wheel set up.

ZE40's are not available in those offsets and no 10" size. You can't custom spec them unless you buy something like 10 sets.
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Default Re: Picking the right offset for 18inch wheel set up.

If you go to japanesewheels.com you can order the ze 40's in different sizes and offsets. Would a 9.0 with 22 offset fit a 355mm 6 piston break kit with out spacer?
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Default Re: Picking the right offset for 18inch wheel set up.

****brake kit.

sorry that was driving me crazy.
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****brake kit.

sorry that was driving me crazy.
I was just going to say that. haha
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Default Re: Picking the right offset for 18inch wheel set up.

I generally go to Apex Wheels' website and see what they produce and try to match that. They've done all the hard work finding the right offsets, determining which tires will fit on stock vs. modified suspension, etc.

BBK clearance is more about the wheel design vs. offset.
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If you go to japanesewheels.com you can order the ze 40's in different sizes and offsets. Would a 9.0 with 22 offset fit a 355mm 6 piston break kit with out spacer?


google the site. sounds (and looks) scammy.
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