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F87 M2 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

apex BMW f87 m2 m2c competition arc8 ec7 fl5 sm10 wheels fitmentEC-7 // Front & rear: 18x9.5" ET35 with 275/35-18 tires // (additional mods required)

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Vehicle Covered in this Guide
2016-2018 F87 M2
2019+ F87 M2 Competition

Chassis Introduction
The M2 represents the long-awaited return of the "driver's car" since the departure of the 2011 1M. We produce a variety of fitment options that work for the M2, and even a fitment that was specifically designed to maximize tire width in our FL-5 design.

IMPORTANT

  • 18" ARC-8 wheels do not clear stock M2 brakes. All other designs do clear.

  • 2019+ M2 Competition models with 2NH brake package 400mm front rotors must use 19" wheels or larger to clear the brakes. These brakes are standard equipment for US-market vehicles.
Bolt Pattern: 5x120 Thread Pitch: M14x1.25mm Center Bore: 72.56mm

 

OEM+ Fitments

apex BMW f87 m2 m2c competition arc8 ec7 fl5 sm10 wheels fitmentFL-5 // Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET35 with 275/35-18 tires (additional mods shown)

These fitments prioritize (in order):
1. Ease of fitment
2. Aesthetics
3. Performance

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: 18x9.5” ET28 with 255/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Available in FL-5 design only.
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • 265/35-18 tires can also fit, but may require a touch of front negative camber.

  • Front & Rear: 18x9.5” ET35 with 255/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • At least 5mm front spacers required, larger spacer required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • Popular fitment.
    • 265/35-18 tires can also fit, but may require a touch of front negative camber.

  • Front & Rear: 19x9.5” ET33 with 265/35-19 tires
    • M2C recommended fitment.
    • Available in ARC-8 design only.
    • At least 3mm front spacers required for suspension clearance.
    • Front negative camber may be required.

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 245/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10” ET33 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Available in EC-7 or SM-10 design only.
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • 255/35-18 front tires can also be used as a direct fit.

  • Front: 19x9.5" ET28 with 265/30-19 tires
    Rear: 19x10.5" ET45 with 285/30-19 tires
    • M2C recommended fitment. 
    • Available in EC-7 design only.
    • Front negative camber recommended if using aggressive tire compounds.

  • Front: 19x8.5" ET35 with 245/35-19 tires
    Rear: 19x9.5" ET33 with 265/35-19 tires
    • Available in ARC-8 design only. 
    • Front 12mm spacers recommended for flush fitment.

 

Performance Street/Track and Race Fitments

apex BMW f87 m2 m2c competition arc8 ec7 fl5 sm10 wheels fitmentFL-5 // Front: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires // Rear: 18x10.5" ET40 with 285/30-18 tires (additional mods required)

These fitments prioritize (in order):
1. Performance
2. Ease of fitment
3. Aesthetics - this comes naturally as a result of a functional fitment.

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: 18x9.5" ET28 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Popular fitment.
    • Available in FL-5 design only.
    • Front negative camber required.
    • 275/35-18 tires can also fit, but require additional front negative camber.
  • Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET35 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Front 5mm or larger spacers required for suspension clearance.
    • Front negative camber required.
    • 275/35-18 tires may also be used with additional front negative camber.

  • Front & Rear: 18x10" ET33 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Available in EC-7 and SM-10 designs only.
    • At least 10mm front spacers required for suspension clearance.
    • Requires at least 3.5 degrees of front negative camber.
    • 285/30-18 tires may also be used.
    • 265/35-18 tires (compounds that run wide) may also be used.

  • Front & Rear: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • 285/30-18 tires may also be used.
    • Requires at least 3.5 degrees of front negative camber.
    • Requires at least 2.0 degrees of rear negative camber.
    • 265/35-18 tires (compounds that run wide) may also be used.

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
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Available in EC-7 or SM-10 designs only.
    • 5mm front spacer or larger required for suspension clearance. 12mm spacer may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
  • Front: 18x9.5" ET28 with 265/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10.5" ET40 with 285/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Available in FL-5 design only. 
    • Popular fitment.
    • Front negative camber may be required.
    • Front 275/35-18 tires can also fit with additional negative camber.
    • Rear 295/35-18 tires can also fit.
    • Rear 305/35-18 tires can fit with aggressive negative camber and/or rolled/pulled fenders when using aggressive tire compounds.

  • Front: 18x9.5" ET35 with 265/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x11" ET44 with 295/35-18 tires
    • Won't fit M2 Competition with 2NH brake package.
    • Available in EC-7, FL-5, or SM-10 designs.
    • 5mm front spacer or larger required for suspension clearance.
    • Approximately 2.0 degrees of front negative camber required.
    • Front 275/35-18 tires can also fit with additional negative camber.
    • 12mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • 18x9.5" ET28 (FL-5 only) front wheels can also be used to avoid spacers.
    • Rear 295/35-18 or 305/35-18 tires will require aggressive negative camber and/or rolled/pulled fenders. Fitment ultimately depends on the vehicle ride height, negative camber specs and tire brand as all are not created equal.
    • Rear 285/35-18 tires can also fit, negative camber may be required.
  • Front: 19x9.5" ET28 with 265/30-19 tires
    Rear: 19x10.5" ET45 with 285/30-19 tires
    • M2C recommended fitment. 
    • Available in EC-7 design only.
    • Front negative camber recommended if using aggressive tire compounds.

 

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Our wheels are popular for winter use because of their unmatched caliper clearance. We recommend a square fitment in order to allow front-to-rear tire rotation, although staggered fitments can also be used.

Square setups

  • Front & Rear: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 245/40-18 winter tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Will not clear M2 Competition brakes, use 19" fitment below.
  • Front & Rear: 19x9" ET30 with 245/35-19 winter tires
    • M2C recommended fitment.
    • Direct fit.

 

Additional Fitment Information

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

ARC-8 EC-7 FL-5 SM-10
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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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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 F87 M2 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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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 F87 M2 camber plate page 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.

Still have questions?
Fill out our Fitment Recommendation form
Call us: 925-245-0773
Email us: support@apexraceparts.com

 

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