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      01-16-2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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Perfect 18" wheel / tire combo for e46 CSL


I tracked my former e92 M3 extensively, but despite one track day at Knockhill, I've stuck to blitzing Scottish B roads with the CSL that I've owned since moving to Scotland in July. I am to the point that I'd like to stick some lightweight 18" wheels on the car to optimize handling.

I need a wheel that will clear the 356mm AP bbk up front, so the APEX ARC-8 is likely the one to get. I've found a dealer in france, but have questions on the best size and if I need spacers.

Any suggestions on the best wheel / tire size combo for an unmodified suspension? Favoring Michelin PSCups as I ran a couple sets on my e92 and they aren't all that bad in the wet.

To be completely honest, I am starting a thread to save on search time. If someone has experience with e46s and can chime in, it would be greatly appreciated.


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      02-26-2014, 07:02 AM   #2
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any progress since then? thinking about the same: change my BBS 19" to Apex Arc8 (the ones that look like CSL) , but it's a bit hard to decide , coz noone in Russia ever used Apex.. Does the front axle differs from rear?
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      02-26-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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Are the new wheels the same look as oem csl wheels, as they are the best ever, i would never change that look.
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