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Dudster
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M wheels on a Z3 roadster

Post by Dudster »

Hey.

I own a 1996 1.8 l Z3 roadster. I have fallen in love with the 17" wheels that came with the M roadster and M coupe. Will they fit my Z3? I know they are quite fat in the rear, but will they fit? I think the rears are 9" wide, but I am uncertain about their offset? Is there any chart on the web that lists the offset etc of the Z3 wheels?

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Post by Guest »

They will go on, but the rears a different offset and will stick out too far as the back axle is shorter on an ///M.

If you get 4 front ///M wheels it will be OK.

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Saw a Z with these on recently, don't do it!
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I wouldn't do this, Dudster. Rears will look out of place
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Everybody is right, they will stick out - a bit like "Carlos Fandango", if you are old enough to remember that name you will know what i mean.


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Post by Dudster »

Ok, ok...

Bummer, I love those wheels with then fat lips...In Norway the upper part of the wheel/tire cannot extend beyond the fender curve.
Back to surfing the web for the ultimate wheel then I guess.

Thanks.

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Post by 321bhp »

get the 4 front m wheels ,and put spacers on the rears ,,bringing them out a little

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But you won't have the deep dish on the rears.
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Dudster wrote:Ok, ok...

Bummer, I love those wheels with then fat lips...In Norway the upper part of the wheel/tire cannot extend beyond the fender curve.
Back to surfing the web for the ultimate wheel then I guess.

Thanks.
You can get some split rims, costly, but you can get the deep dished rear. Although the axle length may be your limit!
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Or change the rear axel for an ///M one.

This is a 1.8 disguised as an ///M
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ChrisXL wrote:Or change the rear axel for an ///M one.
Or change the whole car for am ///M one :twisted:

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ChrisXL wrote:Or change the rear axel for an ///M one.

This is a 1.8 disguised as an ///M
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This Zed looks really well.
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siwilson wrote:
ChrisXL wrote:Or change the rear axel for an ///M one.
Or change the whole car for am ///M one :twisted:

True........... :roll:
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ChrisXL wrote:This is a 1.8 disguised as an ///M
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That car looks very convincing, but at the traffic lights.........................., it'd get beaten by small boys on bicycles, children in 'Little Tykes' scooters and old men in/on mobility scooters!
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I was under the impression that the 4 cylinder cars had a narrower rear axle which was a similar width to an ///M? and it was only the 6 cylinder non-M models that had the wider rear axle?

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Post by Dav »

I don't know if it's just me but quite honestly I don't like the look of M wheels and if I owned an M it would be one of the first changes I would make.
As for putting them on a non M, I really think there are far better looking wheels to choose from.

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Hi

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i think the original wheels are in keeping with the m,s retro look,and as soon as you change them,some wheels look kina boy racer,except the ac wheels,i know im sad but i always keep things as stock,as ive found when selling on a car,this may help,as the car will look non-messed about,im the same regarding any mods ,re,air filters,wheels,uprated this,uprated that,superchargers,etc etc etc,why dont people just build a kit car instead,my opinion only,

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Post by Robin »

I like the stock ///M wheel too.

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Post by c_w »

There is no other 17" wheel I would replace mine with, they look really nice IMO especially the deep dish rears emphasing the extra width at the back.

I've seen a couple of Coupes with 18" CSL style wheels and while they look nice and different the standard rims still do have a good look to them.

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Post by Gazza »

If staying with 17" rims then i think the M wheels cannot be beaten for looks.

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Here's a 2.8 with M wheels
http://www.mz3.net/articles/198.html

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AussieZ3 wrote:Here's a 2.8 with M wheels
http://www.mz3.net/articles/198.html
Very nice. :P
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Post by spurs fan in a coupe »

As some of you may have guessed i'm looking at wheels at the moment!

Are z3m wheels on a 2.8 really that bad?

i think the ones in the link look great.

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Post by c_w »

They look good in the "front 3/4" view, but from behind they do sit out a little from the arch which spoils it. However if you're car is very low, the extra negative camber might mean the top of the wheel sits "inside" the arch.

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