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      01-16-2011, 07:44 AM   #1
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Spacers - anyone have any pics?

Does anyone happen to have any pics of a pre-LCI E90 M Sport with spacers fitted?
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      01-16-2011, 09:30 AM   #2
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I have 12mm Eibach spacers front and rear.


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      01-16-2011, 10:13 AM   #3
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Steve,

Have those wheels been refinished in a different colour? They look darker/smoked?

Looks lovely...
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      01-16-2011, 10:48 AM   #4
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Looks like the 'chrome shadow' finish from the E46 M3 18"s.

I was always told it couldn't be done aftermarket - but this was in 2002 and things move on.

How much were the spacers? Did this include new longer bolts too - did you have to drop all the locking bolts? I'm surprised they were really needed at the front, but it certainly looks to have the 'right' stance now. My 225Ms without spacers certainly look a bit too recessed at the back.

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      01-16-2011, 11:04 AM   #5
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If you look here...

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...icture&page=13

....you can see CarreraRSRs Touring before spacers, and on the next page with spacers - looks much better. Can't remember what sizes he put on.
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      01-16-2011, 12:46 PM   #6
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They are essentially a smoked/black chrome effect. They are officially called 'hyper black' done by Lepsons. I've kerbed them quite a bit, mainly due to the spacers in all honesty as you forget when parking that the wheels are further out than they used to be so they need refurbing again.

I live nowhere near Lepsons so may have to get a local firm to do the refurb but will defo be doing them a similar colour as against the backdrop of the graphite bodywork these wheels look the dogs. I've currently got my 194 M sport wheels with winter tyres on and am missing these like crazy. I keep wanting to put them back on but will probably leave off until the beginning of Feb just in case we get another snow shower.

Oh, and before anyone says yes I do need my hubs rubbing down and painting as they look shite.
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How much were the spacers? Did this include new longer bolts too - did you have to drop all the locking bolts? I'm surprised they were really needed at the front, but it certainly looks to have the 'right' stance now. My 225Ms without spacers certainly look a bit too recessed at the back.
I bought the wheels like this and it came with the spacers, bolts and locking wheel nuts. I paid 600 for the lot delivered although one of the wheels does have a crack refurbed although it hasn't caused me any problems since buying. However, you can feel a tiny vibration from the rear at motorway speeds as clearly with a weld the wheel isn't completely round any longer. The Eiback spacers were essentially thrown in for free because of the refurbed rear wheel but before I get this set refurbed I might look at buying a rear 225m wheel thats not cracked and then put it with the set so I have a perfect set and then sell on the refurbed one on Ebay.
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      01-19-2011, 01:27 PM   #8
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Does anyone happen to have any pics of a pre-LCI E90 M Sport with spacers fitted?
hi..just put 20mil on all four,i like the chunky look but as you can see its just out on the arches..with three in the car,the ride was fine but when i had four,every pothole made the tyres rub on the arch...pics are not that good,i will take some more at the weekend..has anyone had there arches rolled/flared??would that make the car legal???..sorry bout the big pics,will get it right soon..
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I obviously have the 12mm spacers all round. I think 12mm is about as much as I would go at the front and although the rear looks very good at 12mm it'd probably look slightly better at 15mm but I wouldn't go any further.

That 20mm is too much for me and with it protruding the bodywork its also illegal.
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I obviously have the 12mm spacers all round. I think 12mm is about as much as I would go at the front and although the rear looks very good at 12mm it'd probably look slightly better at 15mm but I wouldn't go any further.

That 20mm is too much for me and with it protruding the bodywork its also illegal.
yes ur right it is ilegal,which is why i will get the back flared n the fronts rolled,if this fails,then i have no choice but to go back to stock 18s with the 20mil spacers,as i said..i like the chunky look..
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      01-19-2011, 05:19 PM   #11
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thanks for the pic's.

Steve - is your car lowered? and do you know if the 225's are the same width and offset as MV3's?
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      01-19-2011, 05:35 PM   #12
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My car is NOT lowered, its standard M sport spec. I believe the 225Ms are 8.5J front and 9J rears, not sure if thats the same as the MV3's.
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I have 12 at the front and 10 at the rear with my 8.5J/9.5J wheels.

They are marries to my CHs though. Obviously the offset and J rating of each set of alloys will mean different spacing produces different results..
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Offset calculations - for rears:

(According to http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/)

An MV3 is 8.5J (inch wide) with ET37(mm) offset.

An MV4 is 9J (inch wide) with ET39(mm) offset.

Offset is the distance between the mounting face of the wheel/hub on the wheel, and the centre of the wheel width, as below (offsets here are all positive).



Hence the MV4 wheel is therefore set 2mm further INTO the wheel arch as the offset is bigger, but the wheel is also 0.5J (of half an inch) wider. Half an inch = 12.5mm; when considering offset you need to think of half of this extra width sticking out at each side, i.e. 6mm wider on the outer face of the wheel, 6mm at the inner face. Hence an MV4 outer rim sticks out 4mm more from the arch, and 8mm further into the arch in total (i.e. this is where the extra 12mm goes).

Despite sticking 4mm further out, an MV4 wheel still looks too inset in the arch without spacers IMO - which makes me wonder if the offsets are actually reported right on the felgen website. (recent posts have cast some doubt on felgen technical data).
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