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E9x M3 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

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Vehicle Covered in this Guide
2008-2013 M3 sedan (E90), coupe (E92), and convertible (E93). Fitment is identical across all models.

Chassis Introduction
The E9x generation of M3 is a staple of what BMW M-car performance is all about. Relatively light weight, a high-revving naturally-aspirated engine, and still nice enough to drive on the street every day. The E9x M3 also has much wider fenders than its non-M counterparts, which allows for wide, low-offset wheels and big grippy tires. We produce fitments in all of our designs for the E9x M3.

Available Wheel Designs (click images to enlarge)
All APEX wheel designs are available for this chassis.

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Bolt Pattern: 5x120 Thread Pitch: M12x1.5mm Center Bore: 72.56mm

 

OEM+ Fitments

9547042405_614cd445f6_o.jpgIdeal for the driver who wants a no-nonsense direct bolt-on fitment. These fitments are a small step up from stock wheels and tires, and offer a small but noticeable performance improvement.

Staggered Setups
Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width.

  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 255/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • OEM 245/40-18 front and 265/40-18 rear tires can also be used as a direct fit.
    • This fitment is 1/2" wider all around than the OEM 18" Style 219 wheels, meaning you can either reuse the stock tires or go wider. The widths and offsets mirror those of the OEM Competition Package/GTS wheels.

  • Front: 19x9" ET28 with 255/35-19 tires
    Rear: 19x10" ET25 with 275/35-19 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • 285/30-19 rear tires can also be used to mirror M3 GTS fitment.
    • OEM 245/35-19 front and 265/35-19 rear tires can also be used as a direct fit.
    • This fitment is 1/2" wider all around than the OEM 19" Style 220 wheels, meaning you can either reuse the stock tires or go wider. The widths and offsets mirror those of the OEM Competition Package/GTS wheels.

 

Aggressive Street Fitments

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Ideal for the driver who wants to fill out the wheel wells with the widest possible rubber and perfectly flush offsets. Sometimes these fitments are a direct bolt-on, but often times require small spacers, negative camber, or rolled fenders for the sake of dialing in the perfect blend of function and form.

Staggered Setups
Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width.

  • Front: 18x9.5" ET22 with 265/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10.5" ET22 or ET27 with 285/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • Front 275/35-18 tires can also be used.
    • Rear 295/35-18 tires can be used but may require rolled fenders to prevent rubbing.

  • Front: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x11" ET25 with 295/35-18 tires
    • 5mm front spacers may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • May require rolled rear fenders to prevent rubbing.
    • This is another popular staggered fitment that is just a touch more aggressive than the 9.5/10.5" fitment above. These wheel widths are about as wide as the front and rear fenders will take without extensive modifications. For enthusiasts looking for a little more tire, this is typically a bolt on fitment with no modifications required. For staggered fitments, we typically do not recommend exceeding a 295 tire in the rear unless the car has a substantial bump in power (supercharged / stroker) as anything wider will likely be counter productive.
    • The front tires may lightly scrub the inner fender liners at full lock or at particular steering angles, and most of the time things will "self clear" over time (a little divot will form in the plastic liner). This is considered par for the course with wider wheels and tires, and enthusiasts shouldn't worry as no major damage will come from this.

  • Front: 19x9.5" ET22 with 265/30-19 tires
    Rear: 19x10.5" ET22 with 285/30-19 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Rear 295/30-19 tires can be used but may require rolled fenders to prevent rubbing.

 

Performance Street/Track Fitments 

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These fitments are effective for both performance oriented street cars, weekend track warriors, or even a dedicated race car. The suspension type, alignment settings, and tire brand/size can be changed accordingly to work for nearly any scenario.

Square Setups
Recommended for most types of street and performance driving. Allows proper front-to-rear tire rotation to extend tire life & improve handling balance.

  • Front & Rear: 17x10" ET25 with 275/40-17 tires
    • Direct fit, but a 5mm front spacer may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • In some cases, rear control arm bolt must be ground down slightly to prevent contact with wheels barrel.

  • Front & Rear: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit, but a 5mm front spacer may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • Popular fitment.
  • Front & Rear: 18x10.5" ET22 or ET27 with 295/30-18 tires
    • ET27 offset will require a 5mm front spacer for suspension clearance
    • Requires -3º or more of front camber
    • This aggressive square fitment is also popular amongst track enthusiasts looking to maximize sidewall support with 275/35-18 R-compounds or slicks.
    • Since you'll be using all available real estate under the fender arches to accommodate these wide wheels, coilovers with linear race springs are a must for inner clearance (JRZ, MCS, Ground Control, AST, Moton, etc.).

  • Front & Rear: 19x10" ET25 with 275/30-19 tires
    • Direct fit, but a 5mm front spacer may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.


Staggered Setups
Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width.

  • Front: 18x9.5" ET22 with 265/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10.5" ET22 or ET27 with 285/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • Front 275/35-18 tires can also be used.
    • Rear 295/35-18 tires can be used but may require rolled fenders to prevent rubbing.

  • Front: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x11" ET25 with 295/35-18 tires
    • 5mm front spacers may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • May require rolled rear fenders to prevent rubbing.
    • This is another popular staggered fitment that is just a touch more aggressive than the 9.5/10.5" fitment above. These wheel widths are about as wide as the front and rear fenders will take without extensive modifications. For enthusiasts looking for a little more tire, this is typically a bolt on fitment with no modifications required. For staggered fitments, we typically do not recommend exceeding a 295 tire in the rear unless the car has a substantial bump in power (supercharged / stroker) as anything wider will likely be counter productive.
    • The front tires may lightly scrub the inner fender liners at full lock or at particular steering angles, and most of the time things will "self clear" over time (a little divot will form in the plastic liner). This is considered par for the course with wider wheels and tires, and enthusiasts shouldn't worry as no major damage will come from this.

  • Front: 18x10" ET25 - 275/35-18
    Rear 18x11" ET44 - 305/35-18 

    • 5mm front spacers may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • May require rolled rear fenders to prevent rubbing.
    • This is the most aggressive staggered fitment out of the lineup, and would typically be reserved for either a serious track/race car or a car with a substantial bump in power (supercharged / stroker). The drivers goal is to maximize wheel and tire width under the front and rear fenders, and some planning to install slicks may even opt for a 10.5" front wheel for superior sidewall support. When running 305 rear tires (especially for r-comps and slicks), the 18x11" ET44 is recommended with 12mm spacers, giving us an effective offset of ET32. The higher offset in comparison to the 18x11" ET25 is advantageous for clearance purposes.
    • The front tires may lightly scrub the inner fender liners at full lock or at particular steering angles, and most of the time things will "self clear" over time (a little divot will form in the plastic liner). This is considered par for the course with wider wheels and tires, and enthusiasts shouldn't worry as no major damage will come from this.

  • Front: 19x9.5" ET22 with 265/30-19 tires
    Rear: 19x10.5" ET22 with 285/30-19 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Rear 295/30-19 tires can be used but may require rolled fenders to prevent rubbing.

 

Race Fitments

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These no-compromise fitments are ideal for dedicated track / race cars. 

Square Setups
Recommended for most types of street and performance driving. Allows proper front-to-rear tire rotation to extend tire life & improve handling balance.

  • Front & Rear: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit, but a 5mm front spacer may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • Popular fitment.
  • Front & Rear: 18x10.5" ET22 or ET27 with 295/30-18 tires
    • ET27 offset will require a 5mm front spacer for suspension clearance
    • Requires -3º or more of front camber
    • This aggressive square fitment is also popular amongst track enthusiasts looking to maximize sidewall support with 275/35-18 R-compounds or slicks.
    • Since you'll be using all available real estate under the fender arches to accommodate these wide wheels, coilovers with linear race springs are a must for inner clearance (JRZ, MCS, Ground Control, AST, Moton, etc.).

Staggered Setups
Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width.

  • Front: 18x10" ET25 - 275/35-18
    Rear 18x11" ET44 - 305/35-18 

    • 5mm front spacers may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • May require rolled rear fenders to prevent rubbing.
    • This is the most aggressive staggered fitment out of the lineup, and would typically be reserved for either a serious track/race car or a car with a substantial bump in power (supercharged / stroker). The drivers goal is to maximize wheel and tire width under the front and rear fenders, and some planning to install slicks may even opt for a 10.5" front wheel for superior sidewall support. When running 305 rear tires (especially for r-comps and slicks), the 18x11" ET44 is recommended with 12mm spacers, giving us an effective offset of ET32. The higher offset in comparison to the 18x11" ET25 is advantageous for clearance purposes.
    • The front tires may lightly scrub the inner fender liners at full lock or at particular steering angles, and most of the time things will "self clear" over time (a little divot will form in the plastic liner). This is considered par for the course with wider wheels and tires, and enthusiasts shouldn't worry as no major damage will come from this.

Additional Fitment Information

Identifying Suspension Types
If you’re using coilovers, see the image below to identify which type of coilover spring you have, as it may effect your wheel fitment.
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Aftermarket E9x M3 Suspensions Known To Reduce Inner Clearance
(includes but not limited to):

  • Bilstein PSS9 & PSS10
  • KW Height-Adjustable Spring (HAS) kit
  • KW Variants
  • KW Clubsports
  • Öhlins Road & Track

 

Concavity & Face Profiles
Each of our wheel designs is available in two or three different levels of concavity, which we call Profiles. The Profile is dictated by the width and offset, meaning wide lower-offset wheels will have more concavity, while narrow higher-offset wheels will have less concavity.

Available Face Profiles

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To determine the face profile of a specific wheel visit the "Specifications" tab on the product page for that wheel. For example:

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About Camber Plates e9xm3camber.jpg

Adjustable camber plates do more than just aid in wide wheel and tire fitment. They provide increased grip and reduced tire wear by spreading the load evenly during cornering. Learn more in our blog article, The Positives of Negative Camber, then see our E9x M3 camber plate pages here.

Big Brake Kit Clearances
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We have tested over 20 big brake kits with most of the wheels listed in this guide. Please email us with any questions related to brake clearance, we’ll be happy to help.

Brake kits known to clear
18x10" ET25 ARC-8
Brake kits known NOT to clear
18x10" ET25 ARC-8
AP Racing 368mm Brembo 6-piston 380mm
AP Racing 378mm Harrop 381mm
Brembo 6-piston 365mm Sparta Saturn 380mm
StopTech 6-piston 380mm incl. Trophy  

 

Brake kits known to clear
18x10" EC-7/SM-10/FL-5
AP Racing 368mm
AP Racing 368mm Competition
AP Racing 378mm
AP Racing Radical 370mm
Brembo 6-piston 365mm
Brembo 6-piston 380mm
Harrop 381mm
StopTech 6-Piston 380mm


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