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E36/7 Z3M Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

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Vehicle Covered in this Guide
1997-2002 E36/7 Z3 coupe and roadster. Fitment is identical between all models.

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

ARC-8 EC-7 FL-5 SM-10
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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.

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 235/40-17 tires
    Rear: 17x10" ET25 with 275/40-17 tires
    • Popular fitment. 
    • Direct fit.
  • Front: 18x8.5" ET35 or ET38 with 235/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit.


       

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 235/40-17 tires
    Rear: 17x10" ET25 with 275/40-17 tires
    • Front negative camber required.
  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 245/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10.5" ET22 or ET27 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Popular fitment. 
    • Front negative camber required.
       

Performance Street/Track or 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.

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 235/40-17 tires
    Rear: 17x10" ET25 with 275/40-17 tires
    • Popular fitment. 
    • Front negative camber required.

  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 235/40-18 tires
    Rear: 18x10.5" ET22 or ET27 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Front negative camber required.
    • Rear 285/35 tires may also be used.

  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 with 255/35-18 tires
    Rear: 18x11" ET25 with 295/30-18 tires
    • Front negative camber required.
    • Rear rolled fenders may be required.

 

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 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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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 Z3M 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.

Still have questions?
Fill out our Fitment Recommendation form
Call us: 925-245-0773
Email us: [email protected]

 

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