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F3x 3 & 4 Series Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

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ARC-8 // Front: 19x8.5" ET35 with 235/35-19 // Rear: 19x9.5" ET33 with 265/30-19 (mods required)

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Vehicle Covered in this Guide
2013-current 3-Series sedan (F30) and Sports Wagon (F31)
2013-current 4-Series coupe (F32), convertible (F33), and Gran Coupe (F34)
Fitment between all models is identical.

Chassis Introduction
The F3x 3 and 4 series mark a huge advancement in chassis and powertrain development, making them excellent everyday cars that can still hold their own on the track.

Bolt Pattern: 5x120 Thread Pitch: M14x1.25mm Center Bore: 72.56mm

 

OEM+ Fitments

39842221410_76f7dad957_h.jpgSM-10 // Front & Rear: 18x8.5" ET35 with 245/40-18

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 235/45-17 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • 245/45-17 tires can also be used.
  • Front & Rear: 18x8.5” ET35 or ET38 with 235/40-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • OEM 225/45-18 tires may be used.
    • 245/45-18 tires can also be used.

  • Front & Rear: 19x8.5" ET35 with 235/40-19 tires
    • OEM 225/40-19 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: 18x8.5 ET35 or ET38 with 235/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x9” ET42 with 255/40-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Popular fitment.
    • OEM 225/45 and 255/40 tires may also be used.

  • Front: 19x8.5" ET35 with 235/40-19 tires
    Rear: 19x9.5" ET43 with 265/35-19 tires
    • OEM 225/40 and 255/35 tires may also be used as a direct fit.

 

 

Aggressive Street Fitments

35620326233_e6441badc0_h.jpgSM-10 // Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET35 with 255/35-18 (mods required)

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.

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” ET30 or ET31 with 255/35-18 tires
    • Front negative camber may be required depending on ride height.
    • Rear fender roll 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 with 245/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x9.5" ET43 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Front negative camber required. 
    • Rear fender roll may be required.

  • Front: 19x8.5" ET35 with 235/40-19 tires
    Rear: 19x9.5" ET43 with 265/35-19 tires

    • Popular fitment. 
    • May require rolled rear fenders or rear negative camber.
    • OEM 225/40 and 255/35 tires may also be used as a direct fit.

 

Performance Street/Track and Race Fitments 

9194643888_56339020ca_b.jpgARC-8 // Front & Rear: 17x9" ET42 with 245/40-17

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" ET42 with 245/40-18 tires
    • Popular fitment.
    • Front 5mm spacers required, larger spacer may be required for certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.
    • 255/40-18 tires may also be used, but may require front spacers and/or 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" ET42 with 245/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18X9.5" ET43 with 255/40-18 tires
    • Direct fit.
    • Rear 265/40-18 tires may also be used, but may require rolled fenders depending on ride height.
        

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 F3x 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.

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Email us: support@apexraceparts.com

 

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