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BMW E46 M3 wheel fitting guide

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BMW E46 M3 wheel fitting guide

BMW E46 M3

  • PCD : 5x120
  • DIAMETER : 18" This is the height of the wheel
  • WIDTH (J) : 8” front, 9” rear
  • OFFSET (ET) : 47 front, 26 rear

Wheel Fitment Guide for the BMW E46 M3

When you’re looking for aftermarket alloy wheels, it is common to change the sizes from the original factory wheels. There are a variety of diameters, widths and offsets that will fit, but you must get a wheel that matches the original PCD of 5x120.

We would recommend 18” or 19” diameter with E46 M3, as this will look great, allow for big brake clearance and let you fit the most suitable tyre sizes.

How wide and which ET you go for depends on the look you’re after, what tyres you want to fit and whether you just want a simple straightforward bolt-on fit, or you’re prepared to put some work into adapting the suspension and bodywork to suit.

We can supply wheels in a big variety of sizes, from exact replacements for your originals, up to huge, wide and deep dish drift style wheels. Here’s some examples of different sizes and styles of Rota wheels fitted to E46 M3 to give you an idea of the look and range of what’s available.

You can find direct links to the Rota wheels to fit the BMW E46 M3 at the bottom of this page. If you’re still not sure of what you need, just give us a call or drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help.

Bolt-on fitment
Standard Bolt-on fitment

Grid 18x8.5 ET30 front 18x9.5 ET35 rear or 19x8.5 ET40 front and 19x9.5 ET45 rear.

For a direct fit onto your M3 without any bodywork modifications, you want the above sizes. This will also give you the “staggered” look, with the flatter spoke Grids at the front, and the concave spoke rears.

Recommended sizes

18x8.5 ET30 front, 18x9.5 ET35 rear Grid Drift, 19x8.5 ET40 front and 19x9.5 ET45 rear Grid Drift.


Grid 18x8.5 ET30 front 18x9.5 ET35 rear 19 grid

Arches need rolling
Modified Arches need rolling

18x9.5 ET35 front and rear. 18x9.5 ET35 front and 10J ET20 rear.

9.5J front and rear - You’ll require a roll and some negative camber on the front, how much depends on your ride height and tyre size. The lower the car, wider the tyre and less negative camber you have the more roll will be required. These sizes are available in Grid and RT5.
9.5J front and 10J rear - The same as above is required all round, a front roll dependent on fitment and a light rear roll if running low or with a large tyre, most fitments with 255 don’t require a roll.

Recommended sizes

18x9.5 ET35 Grid Drift, 18x9.5 ET35 front, 18x10 ET20 rear RT5


9.5 ET35 Front and Rear Rota Grid in Matt bronze 18x9.5J 5x120mm ET35

Extreme Fit
Arch & suspension changes
Extreme Fit Arch & suspension changes

Grid Drift 18x10 ET20 front and rear

This is our favourite of fitments, requiring a roll and pull front and rear, negative camber front and rear. This will enable you to run a large tyre all round for maximum grip. It also looks great, giving the maximum spoke angle possible with the 10J Grid Drift.

Recommended sizes

18x10 ET20 RT5, 18x10 ET20 Grid Drift.


18x10-front-and-rear 18x10-front-and-rear

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