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BMW E46 M3 wheel fitting guide

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BMW E46 M3 wheel fitting guide

Wheel Fitment Guide for BMW E46 M3

Factory Wheel Specs:

  • PCD: 5x120
  • Diameter: 18"
  • Width: 8" Front, 9" Rear
  • Offset: ET47 (Front), ET26 (Rear)

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.

Recommended Wheel Sizes

BMW E46 Bolt On Wheel Fitment

Bolt-on Fitment

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

Recommended Bolt-on Fitment Sizes:
18x8.5 ET30 front, 18x9.5 ET35 rear Grid Drift
19x8.5 ET40 front, 19x9.5 ET45 rear Grid Drift.

Our favourite Bolt-On wheels for the BMW E46 M3

BMW E46 Modified Fitment

Modified Fitment (Arches Will Need Rolling)

These wheel sizes are for those who are willing to roll and/or pull their wheel arches, or fit bolt-on extended arches. Combined with a stretched tyre and a small dose of negative camber you'll have a seriously strong looking Mx-5 with minimal effort.

Recommended Modified Fitment Sizes:
18x9.5 ET35 Grid Drift
18x9.5 ET35 front
18x10 ET20 rear RT5

BMW E46 Extreme Fitment

Extreme Fitment (Arch & Suspension Changes)

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 Extreme Fitment Sizes:
18x10 ET20 RT5, 18x10 ET20 Grid Drift

Driftworks have a huge array of wheels available in-store including designs from the likes of WORK Wheels, JR, Rota and 7Twenty.

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