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      03-03-2009, 01:28 AM   #1
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I want to get 15mm Spacers for the Front wheels

Does the Turning Radius or handling get affected by Spacers?
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I want to get 15mm Spacers for the Front wheels

Does the Turning Radius or handling get affected by Spacers?
Nothing negative from a 15mm spacer on the street, however you will benefit from a slightly wider track width as well as improved overall appearance.

Most stock M3s benefit from a 12/15mm setup.
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The handling will be negatively affected if you increase the front track width without a similar increase in the rear. If you use spacers with the factory wheels it should be done on all four wheels. There are also theoretically possible problems with front wheel bearings or with breaking of wheel bolts. Those are uncommon for gently driven street cars, however. The spacers should be removed every few months to prevent them from rusting onto the hubs, which then makes removal difficult. Also check the torque of the wheel bolts more frequently as they may be more prone to loosening.
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The handling will be negatively affected if you increase the front track width without a similar increase in the rear. If you use spacers with the factory wheels it should be done on all four wheels. There are also theoretically possible problems with front wheel bearings or with breaking of wheel bolts. Those are uncommon for gently driven street cars, however. The spacers should be removed every few months to prevent them from rusting onto the hubs, which then makes removal difficult. Also check the torque of the wheel bolts more frequently as they may be more prone to loosening.
for me.. the wider track in the front was a POSITIVE thing... i felt that the front track could be a little wider... and thought the 15mm spacers i used helped the feel a little bit.. and overall performance...

i also used 10mm on my aftermarket wheels when i got them....
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for me.. the wider track in the front was a POSITIVE thing... i felt that the front track could be a little wider... and thought the 15mm spacers i used helped the feel a little bit.. and overall performance...

i also used 10mm on my aftermarket wheels when i got them....
On the old E46 M3 I completely agree that the car had a lot of understeer with the stock suspension and front spacers did help the handling of the car. My initial impression of the E92 M3 is that it is more neutral than the previous model and changing the handling balance might not be such a good idea. It may end up being a matter of personal preference. It seems most people are going for the look rather than the performance and wouldn't the best look be achieved with spacers on the front and rear?
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Are you using longer wheel bolts with the 15mm spacers? You want to make sure you have enough threads holding the wheels on.
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