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Fitment of M Parallel Wheels

Post by The Don » Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:09 pm

Hi guys, I recently bought a set of parallel wheels, but I cant get them to fit on the front. The tires im running are 245/45 18, but they are rubbing the spring, and wont let me get to the hub.

Any input, suggestions? Maybe some real thick ass spacers, because it was a good 2 inch away from the hub.

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Post by Chris Wright » Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:15 am

What is the offset of the wheels?

The original rims are usually ET20/22. Most find that 235's are the widest tires that fit in the front, but 255/265, are easy to fit to the rear.
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Post by The Don » Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:05 am

I'm not sure. I believe these are replica's.

So do you suggest putting 235's up in the front?

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Post by Chris Wright » Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:31 am

If these were made for a 3 series with an offset of ET41 or ET47 they won't fit even with a 235 tire with out big spacers, which really isn't recommended since they are hub-centric.

The offset should be stamped on the back or on one of the spokes of the wheel.

Here is a link with all of the BMW wheels with there specs and the cars they came on.

http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/
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Post by The Don » Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:55 pm

It says ET 35.

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Post by Chris Wright » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:10 pm

I forgot to ask, How wide are the rims? The stamping will be something like: 8J18 ET35 or 9J18 ET35 for an 8" or 9" rim
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Post by Brucey » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:16 pm

ET 35 would be E36/E46 3-series wheels. You could fit these with big (very big!) hubcentric spacers, but some would opt for seeking out the correct 5er/7er wheels instead.

Sorry for the bad news. BTW 235s are about as wide as you can go on the front, normally.

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Post by The Don » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:48 pm

Ouch. Thats very sad to hear. How much do hub centric spacers usually go for? Also how far out would my wheels be?

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Post by GWL » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:16 pm

The Don wrote:Ouch. Thats very sad to hear. How much do hub centric spacers usually go for? Also how far out would my wheels be?
It will depend on what the ET is for your wheels now. You would have to get back to the area of ET20, so if your wheels are now ET 35 you would need a high quality 15MM spacer with the hub centric lip of the right size. Some people have had good luck with large spacers and some of us have not. You would also need lug bolts that are 15MM longer for 15MM spacers.
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Post by GWL » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:17 pm

The Don wrote:Ouch. Thats very sad to hear. How much do hub centric spacers usually go for? Also how far out would my wheels be?
It will depend on what the ET is for your wheels now. You would have to get back to the area of ET20, so if your wheels are now ET 35 you would need a high quality 15MM spacer with the hub centric lip of the right size. Some people have had good luck with large spacers and some of us have not. You would also need lug bolts that are 15MM longer for 15MM spacers.
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Post by The Don » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:12 pm

I see. What is so bad with putting spacers on our cars?

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Post by GWL » Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:47 pm

The Don wrote:I see. What is so bad with putting spacers on our cars?
Nothing as far as I know. I have had slight quivering on my car when using them. but others have had no problem at all. So many variables are involved that it is impossible to predict how your car will react to spacers. My own theory is that spacers that are thick enough to provide a proper lip for the wheel probably work OK. I tried 5MM spacers that are not thick enough and use what is left of the stock lip. Perhaps in my case the hub centric rings did not engage enough of the hub lip.
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Post by Chris Wright » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:33 pm

Your wheels have such a large offset pushing them to the outside, that I would start to be concerned about them rubbing on the fenders in cornering. Check that out carefully.
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Post by Brucey » Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:32 pm

with an 8" front rim with ET15-18 a 235 tyre will work OK.

This would indicate that you need spacers between 17 and 20 mm thickness.

If you stick with the 245 tyre it may be difficult to get it to work; either a clash with the strut or as Chris says with the fender if you go the other way...

I guess you could mock it up with some long bolts and washers as spacers to check clearance (but don't drive it like this!).

BTW if you do fit thick spacers, if the fit of the spacer spigot into the wheel is even slightly sloppy, consider bonding the spacer to the wheel with epoxy resin; you may never get them to hold a good balance otherwise.

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Post by bcadmin » Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:32 pm

FWIW,

I just checked my knock-offs. I'm running 235/40x18 with no rub. Not sure what the ET is but 13 or 15 rings a bell.
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Post by The Don » Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:54 am

Yea, well my ET is 35. I guess I will go get 235's on the front tomorrow. Than I might think about buying some spacers.

Another idea, should I just flip the wheels, as in polish them, and get them to a better condition, and sell them for much more?

With the money I get, I can just fix more parts on my car.

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Post by alpinacsi » Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:15 pm

The Don wrote:Another idea, should I just flip the wheels, as in polish them, and get them to a better condition, and sell them for much more?

With the money I get, I can just fix more parts on my car.

Excellent idea!!!

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Post by bfons » Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:03 pm

The Don wrote:Yea, well my ET is 35. I guess I will go get 235's on the front tomorrow. Than I might think about buying some spacers.

Another idea, should I just flip the wheels, as in polish them, and get them to a better condition, and sell them for much more?

With the money I get, I can just fix more parts on my car.
These wheels simply are not built for our Sixers (ET 35). Flip em and buy some parts!
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Post by The Don » Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:14 pm

Agreed, Thanks everyone.

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Post by ron » Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:00 pm

I run 235/40 on my ET20 wheels and have to use a 5mm hubcentric

spacer.About ?70.00 from H&R.The rears are ET 22 with 265/35 and

no spacers.

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Re: Parallel spoke wheels

Post by Chris Wright » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:50 pm

ron wrote:I run 235/40 on my ET20 wheels and have to use a 5mm hubcentric

spacer.About ?70.00 from H&R.The rears are ET 22 with 265/35 and

no spacers.

Ron.
What is the width of the front rim? 8.5", 9"?
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Post by ron » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:47 am

8" front.9" rear.
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Re: Fitment of M Parallel Wheels

Post by SORIANOTRON » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:02 am

Anyone running 9.5 in front?

Experieces, rubbing issues?

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