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      06-22-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Inexpensive 18" Track Wheels?

I am looking to outfit my E90 M3 with 18" R compound tires and am wondering about a good yet inexpensive rim.

I dont plan on doing a whole lot of days each season, but also dont want to run street tires.

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      06-22-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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Stock 18's?

Other's have run TR Motorsport 10" wheels.
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Let me get this straight... You are swapping out parts designed by some of the top engineers in the world because some guys sponsored by a company told you it's "better??" But when you ask the same guy about tracking, "oh no, I have a kid now" or "I just detailed my car." or "i just got new tires."
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      06-22-2009, 09:33 PM   #3
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I am looking to outfit my E90 M3 with 18" R compound tires and am wondering about a good yet inexpensive rim.

I dont plan on doing a whole lot of days each season, but also dont want to run street tires.

Any suggestions?

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+1 on that... Ive been thinking of doing the same thing. Getting cheap , light , who cares how they look, track rims and tires. 18"s
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      06-22-2009, 09:34 PM   #4
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+1 on that... Ive been thinking of doing the same thing. Getting cheap , light , who cares how they look, track rims and tires. 18"s
Cheap, light and strong don't really go together. Someone bent their TR Motorsport wheels on a track recently.
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      06-22-2009, 09:37 PM   #5
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Cheap, light and strong don't really go together. Someone bent their TR Motorsport wheels on a track recently.
Ok let me rephrase... "best BANG for the buck track rims and they can be ugly as ass I dont care" . LOL
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      06-23-2009, 08:03 AM   #6
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I ended up purchasing VMR 710s 18 x 9.5" with an et of 22. This will take a 275/35 tire on all 4 wheels without any rubbing, even when lowered with 12mm spacers on the rear. Not especially light (24lbs), but then I do not see how you can have a really strong really light cast wheel. I wanted to purchase forged wheels but couldn't find anything available in the correct offset that I could get quickly to use now. Only one track day so far but so far so good.

Total cost shipped approx $900. Purchased from Julius at Wheelsto.
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      06-23-2009, 09:01 AM   #7
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here are my track wheels-

d-force 18x10 +43 with your choice of spacers. Extended wheel stud/lugs 275/35/18 tires PS2s on there currently....









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      06-23-2009, 10:02 AM   #8
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Don't you need some pretty big spacers forthe D-force?
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      06-23-2009, 10:11 AM   #9
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yes but you do not have to go bigger than 15mm to make them fit all the way around. 20mm is ideal for the rear like you see my car- makes them extend 6mm out from the 'factory' location.

15mm spacer is nothing as long as you have a well made spacer and proper bolts or the stud/lug conversion....
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      06-24-2009, 01:37 PM   #10
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D-Force here as well. I went 18x9.5 with 12mm spacers front and 15 back. 275/35/18 all around.





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I also suggest VMR's, V710's or VB3 CSLs will be fine
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      06-24-2009, 06:16 PM   #12
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I would definitely look into some 18x9.5 +22 all around V710 or VB3's with some Toyo R888 r-compound tires.

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I would definitely look into some 18x9.5 +22 all around V710 or VB3's with some Toyo R888 r-compound tires.

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So how much extra inner clearance is there? Would 9.5 ET33 fit up front for example?
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      06-24-2009, 06:51 PM   #14
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So far, we have been doing quite a few of the VMR V710 with NT-01 / Toyo R888 / Toyo RA1 Compounds.

you can also run the Hoosier R6 radial with the VMR 18 - 9.5 size.

At below $900/set, you can't really find a better deal, I think!
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      06-25-2009, 09:20 AM   #15
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So how much extra inner clearance is there? Would 9.5 ET33 fit up front for example?
Hey John!

the 9.5 +33 will fit up front no problem!
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Cheap, light and strong don't really go together. Someone bent their TR Motorsport wheels on a track recently.
Lucid - not true there are some great wheels -at some reasonable price. But light and strong are definitely possible, just depends on how they are made. Keeping the price down is a whole other issue.

Anyway I know of a wheel - same thats going on the KW M3 Race car. Just can't discuss it right now. So if you guys are looking for some PM or give me a call and I'll let you guys know on a great available option coming soon.
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      06-25-2009, 04:52 PM   #17
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Lucid - not true there are some great wheels -at some reasonable price. But light and strong are definitely possible, just depends on how they are made. Keeping the price down is a whole other issue.

Anyway I know of a wheel - same thats going on the KW M3 Race car. Just can't discuss it right now. So if you guys are looking for some PM or give me a call and I'll let you guys know on a great available option coming soon.
How soon? I have been sort of mixing and matching wheels and tires my last two events. I need to finalize my track setup or PM me

Can anyone confirm if the D-Force or VMR's will clear a BBK?
I would rather not run VMR though, I used to run the CSL version as a track setup on my E46 and bent three of the 4
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Can anyone confirm if the D-Force or VMR's will clear a BBK?
if you look at this picture- it is kinda hard to tell but there is gobs of room to run a 1000 piston caliper if need be. You can almost fit your fist between the original caliper and the back of the spokes. The rear has even more room....

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Looks like there is quite a bit of room

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I saw some D-Force at the track and there's a LOT of room back there.
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How soon? I have been sort of mixing and matching wheels and tires my last two events. I need to finalize my track setup or PM me

Can anyone confirm if the D-Force or VMR's will clear a BBK?
I would rather not run VMR though, I used to run the CSL version as a track setup on my E46 and bent three of the 4
BBK Clearing wheels.... Soon hoping in a few weeks to get the announcement out on them.
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      06-25-2009, 07:03 PM   #22
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No problems here with my TR Motorsports after 3 track days. No off-road excursions yet however:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...ht=motorsports
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