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E9x 3-Series (non-M) Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

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Vehicles Covered in this Guide
2007-2013 3-Series sedan (E90), coupe (E92), and convertible (E93).
LCI sedans and wagons (2009 and up) have different fitment requirements for the rear wheels. Rear fender clearance is reduced by 8mm due to a wider rear track width. See notes in red for information regarding these cars. This does NOT apply to LCI coupe (E92) and convertible (E93) models.

Chassis Introduction
The E9x generation of 3-Series is loved for its out-of-the-box capabilities, as well as endless aftermarket support. We produce a wide range of fitments for the E9x platform ranging from OEM+ replacement sizes to aggressive track/race fitments. Note: Due to BMW production changes, the LCI sedan and wagon has reduced rear wheel clearance. See notes in red below for our specific recommendations.

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

 

OEM+ Fitments

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Ideal 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.

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: 17x8.5" ET40 with 235/40-17 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • OEM 225/45-17 tires can also be used.
    • 245/40-17 tires can also be used, but 5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.

  • Front & Rear: 18x8.5" ET35 or ET38 with 235/40-18 tires
    • Direct fit
    • Popular fitment
    • OEM 225/40-18 tires can also be used.
    • 245/40-18 tires can also be used, but 5mm front spacers may be required with 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: 17x8.5" ET40 with 225/45-17 tires
    Rear: 17x9.5" ET35 with 255/40-17 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • 235/40-17 front tires can also be used as a direct fit
    • 275/40-17 rear tires may require rolled fenders and/or negative camber depending on ride height.

  • Front: 18x8.5" ET35 or ET38 with 235/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x9.5" ET35 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment
    • 245/40-18 front tires can be used.
    • 275/35-18 rear tires may require rolled fenders and/or negative camber depending on ride height.
    • LCI sedan and wagon may require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber to prevent rubbing. 255/35-18 rear tires may be used as a direct fit.
  • Front: 19x8.5" ET35 or ET38 with 235/35-19 tires
    Rear: 19x9.5" ET33 with 265/30-19
    • Direct fit.
    • 245/35-19 front tires can be used.
    • 275/30-19 rear tires may require rolled fenders and/or negative camber depending on ride height.
    • LCI sedan and wagon may require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber to prevent rubbing.

LCI Sedan and Wagon-Specific Staggered Setup
Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width. These staggered fitments are produced specifically for the E90/E91 chassis where rear fender clearance is reduced.

  • Front: 18x8.5" ET35 or ET38 with 235/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x9.5" ET43 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment
    • 245/40-18 front tires can be used.
    • 275/35-18 rear tires may require rolled fenders and/or negative camber depending on ride height.

 

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: 17x9" ET30 with 245/40-17 tires
    Rear: 17x9.5" ET35 with 255/40-17 tires

    • Direct fit.
    • 235/40-17 front tires can also be used as a direct fit
    • 275/40-17 rear tires may require rolled fenders and/or negative camber depending on ride height.
  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 235/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x9.5" ET22 with 265/35-18 tires
    • 245/40-18 or 255/35-18 front tires can also be used as a direct fit, but 5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • 265/35-18 rear tires can be used with rolled fenders and/or negative camber depending on ride height.
    • LCI sedan and wagon must use 18x9.5" ET35 rear wheels, which may require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber.

  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 245/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10" ET33 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Popular fitment
    • 255/35-18 front tires can also be used as a direct fit. 
    • 5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • Rolled rear fenders may be required to prevent rubbing depending on ride height.
    • LCI sedan and wagon will require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber to prevent rubbing. 265/35-18 rear tires will also help to reduce the likelihood of rubbing.

  • Front: 19x9" ET28 with 245/35-19 tires
    Rear: 19x9.5" ET22 with 265/30-19 tires
    • Rolled rear fenders may be required to prevent rubbing depending on ride height.
    • 255/30-19 rear tires can also be used to reduce the likelihood of rubbing. LCI sedan and wagon must use 19x9.5" ET33 with 265/30-19 tires, and may require rolled rear fenders to prevent rubbing.

 

Performance Street/Track Fitments 

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These fitments are effective for both performance oriented street cars and weekend track warriors. The suspension type, alignment settings, and tire brand/size can be changed accordingly to work for either 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: 17x9" ET30 with 245/40-17 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • 255/40-17 can be used but may require front negative camber.
    • 5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.

  • Front & Rear: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 255/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment
    • 5mm front spacers may be required with 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: 17x9" ET30 with 245/40-17 tires
    Rear: 17x9.5" ET35 with 255/40-17 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • 5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • 275/40-17 rear tires can be used with rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber.
    • LCI sedan and wagon must use 255/40-17 rear tires to prevent rubbing. 275/40-17 rear tires can be used with rolled fenders and/or negative camber.

  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 245/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10" ET33 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Popular fitment
    • 255/35-18 front tires can also be used as a direct fit. 
    • 5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • Rolled rear fenders may be required to prevent rubbing depending on ride height.
    • LCI sedan and wagon will require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber to prevent rubbing. 265/35-18 rear tires will also help to reduce the likelihood of rubbing.

LCI Sedan and Wagon-Specific Staggered Setups
Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width. This staggered fitment is produced specifically for the LCI E90/E91 chassis where rear fender clearance is reduced.

  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 255/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x9.5" ET43 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment
    • 275/35-18 rear tires can be used with rolled fenders and/or negative camber.

 

Race Fitments

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These no-compromise fitments are ideal for dedicated track / race cars. They rely on aggressive negative camber specifications and often require rolled rear fenders to prevent rubbing. 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.).

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: 17x9.5" ET35 with 255/40-17 tires 
    • Popular fitment
    • At least 5mm front spacers are required for inner strut clearance. Aftermarket suspensions that are known for reduced inner clearance (see below) can not be used with this fitment.
    • Front negative camber may be required.
    • 275/40-17 tires can be used with additional negative camber and may require rolled rear fenders.

  • Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET35 with 265/35-18 tires
    • At least 5mm front spacers are required for inner strut clearance. Aftermarket suspensions that are known for reduced inner clearance (see below) can not be used with this fitment.
    • At least -3 degrees of front negative camber required.
    • 275/35-18 tires can be used with additional negative camber.
    • LCI sedan and wagon may require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber to prevent rubbing.

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" ET35 with 265/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10" ET33 with 275/35-18 tires
      
    • Popular fitment
    • At least 5mm front spacers are required for inner strut clearance. Aftermarket suspensions that are known for reduced inner clearance (see below) can not be used with this fitment.
    • At least -3 degrees of front negative camber required.
    • Rolled rear fenders may be required to prevent rubbing depending on ride height.
    • LCI sedan and wagon will require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber to prevent rubbing.

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 3-Series 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

About Camber Plates 

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We've used an M3 photo, but the principles are the same. 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 camber plate pages here.

Big Brake Kit Clearances
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We have tested many 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.

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Email us: support@apexraceparts.com

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