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      03-22-2016, 01:43 PM   #1
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E46 Square setup

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I have been always a fan of the M3 E46. On one jalopnik/garage article I read when a guy restored an E46 beautifully, he mentioned that he preferred the "square stance" for the wheel setup. Is just mu curiosity that wants to know more: What is the setup he was mentioning? Also, what is the benefit? Is it only subjective (looks), of does it improve the lateral handling of the car?
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18x9.5 all around with 255/35/18 w/ 12mm spacer in the rear.

Can rotate tires, changes understeer/oversteer, looks good, etc
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I'm assuming the guy meant stock 18" wheels squared. So four 18x9 wheels (which are rear wheels) rather than factory staggered 18x8F and 18x9R.

Benefits: reduces understeer and ability to rotate tires, making them last longer.

Benefit/cons, depending on how you view them: heavier steering, increased steering sensitivity, and tramlining.

Looks mean from the front with -3.0 camber. Running 265/35 on these.


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I have 18x10 et25 square with 275-35-18 slicks
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Square is nice on track, but on the street it can make the car a bit annoying to drive (twitchy and tram liney). I've found anything over ~245 to be unpleasant/annoying on the street. On track, I've only run square setups, ranging from 265 to 285 square (on 9.5 et35 square with a 10mm spacer in the rear).
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Interesting, having a way to perform tire rotation will sure make them last longer. Thanks for the info!
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Square is nice on track, but on the street it can make the car a bit annoying to drive (twitchy and tram liney). I've found anything over ~245 to be unpleasant/annoying on the street. On track, I've only run square setups, ranging from 265 to 285 square (on 9.5 et35 square with a 10mm spacer in the rear).
Thanks for that; I was thinking about doing square OEM 19's but I will not.
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