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F87 M2 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

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Vehicle Covered in this Guide
2016-present F87 M2 Coupe.

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.

Bolt Pattern: 5x120 Thread Pitch: M14x1.25mm 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: 18x9.5” ET28 with 255/35-18 tires
    • 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
    • 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.

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
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • 255/35-18 front and 275/35-18 rear tires can also be used as a direct fit.

 

Performance Street/Track and Race 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: 18x9.5" ET35 with 265/35-18 tires
    • 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: 18x9.5" ET28 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Popular fitment.  
    • Front negative camber required.
    • 275/35-18 tires can also fit, but require additional front negative camber.

  • Front & Rear: 18x10" ET33 with 275/35-18 tires
    • At least 12mm front spacers required for suspension clearance.
    • Requires at least 3.5 degrees of front negative camber.
    • 285/30-18 tires 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
    • 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
    • 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 - 295/35-18 tires
    • 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 285/35-18 tires can also fit, negative camber may be required.
    • Rear 305/35-18 tires can fit with aggressive negative camber and/or rolled/pulled fenders when using aggressive tire compounds.

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 E46 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

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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