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      03-29-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Unhappy OEM 19 inch wheel rubbing?

My 2012 e92 has OEM 19 inch wheels, no zcp, everything stock. I have searched the forum, but couldn't find any info about OEM wheels having rubbing problem.

The front left wheel well area makes a very loud scratching noise if I goes into a corner fast with some change of elevation. It sounds like the tire scratched something at almost full suspension compession with the wheels turned. I couldn't find any rubbing marks around the fender, but upon closer inspection, I found part of the left front wheel housing cover is scratched off.

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I believe the part scratched off is the part in the red circle

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I'm not 100% sure the scratch noise is related to this part, but it seems nothing else can scratch this part. My SA told me it is "normal" for the wheel well to rub over bumps. But it didn't happen while driving over bumps. The suspension didn't hit the bump stop as far as I can tell.

On the street, it sometimes happens on mountain road with big elevation drop followed by a slightly tight corner (EDC comfort). On the track, this happens at fast 160 km/hr sweepers (EDC sport).

Any thoughts on this? Is this normal? I have driven other M3 with OEM 18 inch wheel, and never had this issue.
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I've never heard or read about any issues other then some drivers with 20" wheels going fast over rail road tracks.

I recommend you get your car onto a lift and carefully have someone inspect your left wheel inner housing to make sure it did not come loose and as a result has shifted or lowered itself from the original factory install. Also have them check your springs.

Other then that I never seen anyone mentioning rubbing issues with 19" wheels ... I'm in my 4th BMW ///M3 and all had 19" wheels. Never any issues.

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Thanks! Never thought of that. The dealer lifted it up once to check already, but they didn't notice the damage and said everything was fine. They just added oil to the suspension parts, thinking that I was just hearing squeaks. I noticed the damage after driving home and inspecting it myself one more time.

I will definitely ask my SA to check the install of the cover again. Wish everyone a nice holiday.

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I had this happen with my car and 500 miles on it. The install of my wheel well liner was done incorrectly - upon replacement no problem.
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