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      08-14-2012, 02:05 PM   #23
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Oh really? Will 15 rub though (given that the fender gap is only 12mm)? Can I use 12mm in the front though?

So Fotio - I was going to go w/ rogue spacers, are you saying I should go w/ BMS's? 15 rear, 12 front?
My 15mm rogue dont work. They were for the e90 but I dont think they have changed anything on them AFAIK. The bms ones fit and they come with better bolts. 15mm will not rub because the wheel cambers on compression.
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      08-14-2012, 07:33 PM   #24
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My 15mm rogue dont work. They were for the e90 but I dont think they have changed anything on them AFAIK. The bms ones fit and they come with better bolts. 15mm will not rub because the wheel cambers on compression.
Amazing ... thank you!!! I guess I know what size/make I'm goinmg with. This forum probably saved me several hundreds of dollars (would have ended up going w/ sizes + makes that were all wrong).

Many thanks again!
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Amazing ... thank you!!! I guess I know what size/make I'm goinmg with. This forum probably saved me several hundreds of dollars (would have ended up going w/ sizes + makes that were all wrong).

Many thanks again![/quote]



Anytime. I've Had a lot of experience through trial and error since 2006 with 3 series. More than happy to help out. Thanks
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Don't ever plan on taking it to the track... but quick question... wouldn't this be the same case for those w/ wider rims (as more weight would be distributed to the outside)? More a curiousity question.
No, it is different. If the hub of the rim butts up against the axle/hub surface, thus creating less "leverage" on the axle. Spacers place the wheel further away from the axle surface, creating more stress on the lugs and axle. For daily driving this is totally fine.
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Amazing ... thank you!!! I guess I know what size/make I'm goinmg with. This forum probably saved me several hundreds of dollars (would have ended up going w/ sizes + makes that were all wrong).

Many thanks again!
HEADS UP. Like I said spacers for the f30 is a nightmare. I put on Bmw 15mm and they fit the hub just fine. Only thing is it looks a bit ridiculous for my taste. It sticks out too much and just doesn't look right. I'm selling my Bmw 15 mm because this is my taste. It might look great to a lot of other people. For me the 5mm spacers is the only way. It's almost flush and is tasteful. 10mm would be perfect but they simply don't work.
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On BMS' website, this is how the 328 looks w/ 12 front and 15mm rear spacers on the 18" square setup. I think on the 335i M Sport w/ 19's w/ staggered setup.... it will look pretty sick...
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Just an update on what my deep research has uncovered regarding wheel spacers (just got off the phone w/ H&R who was able to pull up the pre-release documentation for the F30 while I was on the phone - albeit, I had to wait on the line for like 15min):

5mm spacers (fine for front/rear)
10mm spacers (front only)
12mm spacers (front only)
15mm+ spacers (fine for front or rear)

*NEW* - H&R is soon to release a 13mm spacer that will work on the rear for the F30

After a lot of back and forth, I am thinking a 13mm+ spacer is still too much for thge OEM stock setup. I'm fairly certain I will settle on a 5mm spacer for front + rear.

FOTIO - FYI - I was able to cancel my 12/15mm purchase, so will likely go w/ a 5mm setup. Tend to agree with you - stock setup only needs a bit of a spacer to help w/ the flush/classy look.
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      08-23-2012, 08:10 PM   #30
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Just an update on what my deep research has uncovered regarding wheel spacers (just got off the phone w/ H&R who was able to pull up the pre-release documentation for the F30 while I was on the phone - albeit, I had to wait on the line for like 15min):

5mm spacers (fine for front/rear)
10mm spacers (front only)
12mm spacers (front only)
15mm+ spacers (fine for front or rear)

*NEW* - H&R is soon to release a 13mm spacer that will work on the rear for the F30

After a lot of back and forth, I am thinking a 13mm+ spacer is still too much for thge OEM stock setup. I'm fairly certain I will settle on a 5mm spacer for front + rear.

FOTIO - FYI - I was able to cancel my 12/15mm purchase, so will likely go w/ a 5mm setup. Tend to agree with you - stock setup only needs a bit of a spacer to help w/ the flush/classy look.
If they release a 13 mm for rear I think it's the way to go for me.
I ordered a 2013 335i M Pack 19 inch wheels. For winter, if I go with 235-40r19 all around, I have to put 12-13 mm rear spacers to get the exact same tracking. Don't forget that BMW staggered wheels are 6 mm in vs standard rear wheels.
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      08-23-2012, 10:21 PM   #31
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Just an update on what my deep research has uncovered regarding wheel spacers (just got off the phone w/ H&R who was able to pull up the pre-release documentation for the F30 while I was on the phone - albeit, I had to wait on the line for like 15min):

5mm spacers (fine for front/rear)
10mm spacers (front only)
12mm spacers (front only)
15mm+ spacers (fine for front or rear)

*NEW* - H&R is soon to release a 13mm spacer that will work on the rear for the F30

After a lot of back and forth, I am thinking a 13mm+ spacer is still too much for thge OEM stock setup. I'm fairly certain I will settle on a 5mm spacer for front + rear.

FOTIO - FYI - I was able to cancel my 12/15mm purchase, so will likely go w/ a 5mm setup. Tend to agree with you - stock setup only needs a bit of a spacer to help w/ the flush/classy look.
Awesome. Exactly what I did. You'll be happy. Make sure you still get longer bolts. They use the same ones as the 10mm spacers.
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      08-26-2012, 10:23 AM   #32
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would they void the warranty?
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So has anyone tried the H&R 13mm spacers for the rear?
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      05-07-2013, 08:17 AM   #34
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ok I got the H&R sport springs what are the recommended wheel spacer take in mind loading the car will it affect even with 5 mm spacer ? and can I go only wider in the rear ? will the front affect the air curtain ?
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      05-07-2013, 09:36 PM   #35
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Never had any issues with spacers on the last 4 BMW's I have had
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Hi guys, I am planning to get the BMS spacers for my F30 320D running potenzas 225/50 R17. Measured fender gap front and rear is around 13-15mm. I'm a total newbie to this section so can't figure out the technical stuff. So can someone advise me the most ideal/trouble free sizes for front and rear. Also is the BMS spacer kit an all inclusive direct fit package or should I worry about other stuff for installation? Thanks
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      09-18-2013, 02:28 AM   #37
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I usually run a stud conversion and spacers on my BMW's (..from my M3's to my recently acquired and sold X5), and I'm planning to do the same thing with the 335i. I'll likely run a 70mm kit, and 12/15mm or 12/13mm spacers. Is the 13mm spacer released yet?

P.S. I have the OEM black 19" M-Sport wheels (..403M's I believe)
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The key to spacers is to have them:
1. Clear the oem Hubcentric lip
2. If they are larger than 10mm then they should have a hub centric lip themselves . I have learned that most of the later model BMW E46+ do not like a 12mm spacer because the rear oem hubcentric lip is longer now. So it is best to run a 15mm+ spacer
3. Be sure to get quality bolts or wheel studs
4. Wheel studs make wheel changes so much easier!

I've done many F30s with 12mm front and 15mm rear and it seems to a very popular set up.
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Apologies for resurrecting an old thread. I'm looking for spacers to put on my 14 F30 to help make the 403Ms look a little more flush.

Has it been agreed what the best solution is for these i.e. 10mm front and 13mm rear?

If that's the case, can someone please recommend a brand that are known to fit correctly?

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Apologies for resurrecting an old thread. I'm looking for spacers to put on my 14 F30 to help make the 403Ms look a little more flush.

Has it been agreed what the best solution is for these i.e. 10mm front and 13mm rear?

If that's the case, can someone please recommend a brand that are known to fit correctly?

Thanks
same here for me i want som1 to recommend me a brand (( FYI i have Msport suspension not Adapt so am sitting 10mm lower ))
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Running the 403M 19in Staggered OEM setup on an M-Sport with DHP. Using 12mm in front and 15mm in rear using Macht Schnell Spacers purchased from EAS. No issues (Rubbing,etc.) and they look fantastic and give a great sporty look. I was amazed how much better the wheels looked with such a simple upgrade, to the extant I am considering not changing the rim/trye out for a new setup as I initially planned.
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Running the 403M 19in Staggered OEM setup on an M-Sport with DHP. Using 12mm in front and 15mm in rear using Macht Schnell Spacers purchased from EAS. No issues (Rubbing,etc.) and they look fantastic and give a great sporty look. I was amazed how much better the wheels looked with such a simple upgrade, to the extant I am considering not changing the rim/trye out for a new setup as I initially planned.
Sounds exactly what I wanted to hear.

Do you have any pics of the new setup?
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masterplan - I will take some photos tomorrow morning and post them.
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