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Thread: Do I Need Spacers?

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    Do I Need Spacers?

    Hey guys, I'm planning on installing raceland coilovers onto my '92 318is. I'm stressing over the possibility that I may need spacers. I'm definitely going to get my fenders rolled. I'm running 18 inch wheels with slightly stretched tires. It would be a huge help if anyone has had a similar setup and whether they needed spacers or not.

    This is my wheel setup:

    Front: 18x8.5 +38, 215/40R18

    Rear: 18x9.5 +35, 225/40R18

    Thanks guys!

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    My Cars
    Turbo 97 E36 M3
    I have a 97 M3:
    ACS III wheels, 18 x 8.5" et 43 225/40 in front with 20mm spacer (to clear BBK) and 255/35 in rear.....this is on GC street coilovers. I think the 40 in the rear might be too tall, but your fronts should be fine, but I'm not 100% sure.
    1997 Arctic Silver M3
    CES Stage IV (651rwhp/615rwtq @ 24 psi)

  3. #3
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    BMW 525I
    A 225/40R18 is really stretched on a 18X9.5 wheel. The front would be OK on the tires. I think spacers are going to be the least of your worries. With that wide of wheels I think the issue is going to be at the fender. For that rear wheel I would look at 245/35R18. If I can help let me know.


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