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      02-12-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Spacer question for E90 LCI Sport with OEM 18s

Does anyone know if I can fit 12mm spacers on the rear of my E90 LCI Sport with OEM 287s without rubbing or rolling my fenders? I measured the gap between the wheel and fender and it looks closer to 10mm. I don't want to open some spacers and end up getting stuck with them if they don't fit.

I'm running Michelon Pilot Sports

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Offset 34mm

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Hi, I have the exact same set up as you. I run 12 mm on the front and 15 mm on the back. It works perfectly. You could even got to 18mm on the back and possibly 20mm but you would need to measure to be sure for the 20mm.
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Hi, I have the exact same set up as you. I run 12 mm on the front and 15 mm on the back. It works perfectly. You could even got to 18mm on the back and possibly 20mm but you would need to measure to be sure for the 20mm.

Sweet, thanks for the reply.

I'm surpised 15mm fits in the rear based on the measurement I took but I believe you. I'll have to pull the trigger then.
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Good thing you measured! My guess is 10-12mm if that's what you're measuring.
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just play it safe and use 10mm
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just play it safe and use 10mm
I need to pull the wheels off but 10mm spacers means I might have to modify the wheel hub so it's less than 10mm, no?
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      02-12-2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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I wont go more then 15mm in the Rear and 10mm in the front since yours is 2009 335i LCI.
Pre-LCI you can go max as 20mm on Rear and 12mm on Front.

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As previously mentioned, you can easily run 12 mm spacers on the front and 15 mm spacers on the back. I have attached afew pic's of my car with the exact same set up as you with the 12 and 15 mm spacers. As you can see it gets you allot closer to flush but still you could go slighter further on the backs if desired.
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I wont go more then 15mm in the Rear and 10mm in the front since yours is 2009 335i LCI.
Pre-LCI you can go max as 20mm on Rear and 12mm on Front.

good link about this .

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=706569
Thanks for the info.
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As previously mentioned, you can easily run 12 mm spacers on the front and 15 mm spacers on the back. I have attached afew pic's of my car with the exact same set up as you with the 12 and 15 mm spacers. As you can see it gets you allot closer to flush but still you could go slighter further on the backs if desired.
Perfect. That looks great, thanks for posting the pics.
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I had 15mm spacers on the rear and I had to get my fenders rolled. I now run 12mm up front and on the rear.
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I had 15mm spacers on the rear and I had to get my fenders rolled. I now run 12mm up front and on the rear.
I think I'm going to try the same. 12mm front and rear, starting with the rear. I'll post the results.
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Michelin PSS are more squared off at the corners and are more likely to rub than some other same-sized tires. Some of these guys saying they are running 12, 15+ size spacers in the rear may not be on PSS.
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Michelin PSS are more squared off at the corners and are more likely to rub than some other same-sized tires. Some of these guys saying they are running 12, 15+ size spacers in the rear may not be on PSS.
Noted, thanks.
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      02-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #15
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I can confirm as well that I have no problem with running 15mm rear spacers. I'm using my stock m-sport rims for a winter setup with Michelin Alpin 225/40/18 in the rear and there is plenty of room.
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I'm thinking of 20mm rear. I measured and there seems to be plenty of room. Mine is E90 335i M Sport.
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So I put 12.5mm TMS spacers on the rear of my E90 LCI yesterday. They fit perfect; they are flush and there is no rubbing so far and it looks like it should stay that way. A bigger spacer would be cutting it close and may rub with the tires I have (Michelin Pilot Sport). I actually like the staggered look so I'm only doing the rears for now.

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As previously mentioned, you can easily run 12 mm spacers on the front and 15 mm spacers on the back. I have attached afew pic's of my car with the exact same set up as you with the 12 and 15 mm spacers. As you can see it gets you allot closer to flush but still you could go slighter further on the backs if desired.
How much do you think you could go in the rear and front without rubbing? I have the same set up. Thanks!
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How much do you think you could go in the rear and front without rubbing? I have the same set up. Thanks!
I am not sure about the maximum that you could go but I do know that you can go with 15mm up front and 18mm in the back and have no rubbing issues. Beyond that I am not sure to be honest.
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Does xDrive have any affect on the spacers you can use? After reading the posts, I'd like to go 15mm rear and 12mm front if I can. My car is a '10 E90 xDrive.
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Does xDrive have any affect on the spacers you can use? After reading the posts, I'd like to go 15mm rear and 12mm front if I can. My car is a '10 E90 xDrive.
I dont for see it being an issue as I believe that xdrive is more of pita when it comes to tire sizing (circumference) being the same...

But I am curious too. I am gonna pull the trigger on 12mm for front with the new wheels I have coming...
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