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      11-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Steering wheel Vibrations

Hey guys. I know this topic has been discussed many times but I been experiecing vibrations from 75 to about 85 mph for sometime now. I had the all the wheels checked to see if they were bend and they all turned out to be fine. I did an alighment and had the two front tires road forced balanced. The vibration isn't violent but you do feel it especially if you aren't holding the steering wheel tight. I am running on 12mm spacers in the front and 15mm spacers in the rear with rd sport springs. Tire sizes are 255 35 19 in front and 275 35 19 in the rear. I this point I'm starting to feel that this is normal to experience and I might just live with it. Any suggestions
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      11-10-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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It has to be your spacers. I have a similar issue with my steering wheel vibrating slightly at those speeds. I can only attribute it to my spacers. I have 5mm spacers. My wheels have been checked and are 100% round and unbent and my tires only have 3K miles with no sidewall bubbles.

EDIT: Having my techs check out the car on Monday. Will let you know if something is up or it's normal.

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      11-10-2012, 10:38 AM   #3
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Probably the spacers. Take them off and see if that helps.
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      11-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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^This - remove the front spacers and see if the steering vibration goes away
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      11-10-2012, 10:55 AM   #5
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My understanding is that to keep wheels hub centric, BMW's need at least 15mm spacers since the lip on the hub is 15mm. I've seen a lot of forum members running smaller (5mm seems extreme) Does anyone know if the M3 is special in this regard to not need it, or are people just pushing going with a non optimal solution?
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      11-11-2012, 02:00 AM   #6
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I've had a steering wheel vibration in the same speed range since I bought my car new in 2008. I've tried everything and given up.
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      11-11-2012, 07:35 PM   #7
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Some cars are more sensitive than others. It's your wheel balance. I have had a terrible time getting a shop to balance the tires well enough to eliminate the vibration around 80 mph. My last install of fronts took 7 (yes SEVEN) balances before they were ok. Shops tend to blame the spacers, but it's really the skill of the technician balancing your wheels.

Dinan compliment of stuff plus PF rotors and RG63s. Enough for now.
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      11-11-2012, 08:52 PM   #8
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I am running 12mm spacers with 19in Neez wheels and it took the dealer multiple times to balance my tires to address vibration at the same speed you described. I agree with the other posters and I would rebalance the tires.
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