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Fitment guide

BMW E82 1M Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

Originally published | 03/16/2018
Updated | 09/21/2023

Vehicles Covered in this Guide

2011 1M only.

Chassis Introduction

Aside from selling for more money used than they cost new, the 1M is also known for being one of the most fun “modern” BMWs to be produced in recent years. Owners who actually drive them love them. The non-M 1-Series has very particular fitment requirements that were not carried over to the M variant. This means the car is very low-offset and wide-tire friendly, allowing for multiple fitment options for different purposes. We produce fitments in all of our designs for the E82 1M.

Available Wheel Designs

Bolt Pattern

5x120mm

Center Bore

72.56mm

Lug Seat

60° Conical

Lug Thread Pitch

M12x1.5mm

OEM+ Wheel Fitment

Easy upgrades for street-driven cars

  • Orange BMW 1M - ARC-8 in Satin Black
  • Orange BMW 1M - VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
  • White BMW 1M - ARC-8 in Hyper Silver
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
BMW E82 1M with 18" VS-5RS in Brushed Clear

These fitments prioritize (in order):

  1. Ease of fitment
  2. Aesthetics
  3. Performance

Ideal for the driver who wants a no-nonsense direct bolt-on fitment. These fitments are a small step up from stock wheels and tires, and offer a small but noticeable performance improvement.

Staggered Setups

Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width.

  • Front: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 (EC-7) with 255/35-18 tires // Rear: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Direct fit
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, FL-5, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • Popular fitment

  • Front: 19x9" ET28 (ARC-8) or ET30 with 255/35-19 tires // Rear: 19x10" ET25 with 275/35-19 tires
    • Direct fit
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, SM-10, VS-5RS
    • Stock 245/265 staggered tires may also be used.

Aggressive Street Wheel Fitment

Aggressive fitments focused on appearance and concavity

  • Red BMW 1M - SM-10 in Race Silver
  • Black BMW 1M - ARC-8 in Anthracite
  • Blue BMW 1M - EC-7 in Anthracite

These fitments prioritize (in order):

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Performance
  3. Ease of fitment

Ideal for the driver who wants to fill out the wheel wells with the widest possible rubber and perfectly flush offsets. Sometimes these fitments are a direct bolt-on, but often times require small spacers, negative camber, or rolled fenders for the sake of dialing in the perfect blend of function and form.

Staggered Setups

Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width.

  • Front: 18x9.5" ET22 with 265/35-18 tires // Rear: 18x10.5” ET22 or ET27 with 285/35-18 tires
    • Popular fitment
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • Slight scrubbing of front fender liners may occur during full-lock turns. No permanent damage will be caused.

  • Front: 19x9.5" ET22 with 265/30-19 tires // Rear: 19x10.5" ET22 with 275/30-19 tires
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • Slight scrubbing of front fender liners may occur during full-lock turns. No permanent damage will be caused.

Performance Street and Track Wheel Fitment

Wider fitments for enhanced performance

  • Black BMW 1M - VS-5RS in Satin Black
  • Red BMW 1M - SM-10 in Race Silver
  • Orange BMW 1M - EC-7 in Satin Black
  • Orange BMW 1M - ARC-8 in Satin Black
  • Orange BMW 1M - ARC-8 in Satin Black
  • Black BMW 1M - ARC-8 in Anthracite
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These fitments prioritize (in order):

  1. Performance
  2. Ease of fitment
  3. Aesthetics

These fitments are effective for both performance oriented street cars and weekend track warriors. The suspension type, alignment settings, and tire brand/size can be changed accordingly to work for either scenario.

Square Setups Recommended for most types of street and performance driving. Allows proper front-to-rear tire rotation to extend tire life & improve handling balance.

  • Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET22 with 265/35-18 tires
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • Popular fitment
    • Slight scrubbing of front fender liners may occur during full-lock turns. No permanent damage will be caused.

  • Front & Rear: 18x10" ET25 with 275/35-18 tires
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, FL-5, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • Popular fitment
    • Front negative camber required.
    • 5mm or larger front spacers required with certain aftermarket suspensions, see below.

Staggered Setups

Maintains stock-like handling characteristics, tires can only be rotated left to right. Maximizes both front and rear tire width.

  • Front: 18x9.5" ET22 with 265/35-18 tires // Rear: 18x10.5” ET22 or ET27 with 285/35-18 tires
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • Slight scrubbing of front fender liners may occur during full-lock turns. No permanent damage will be caused.

  • Front: 18x9.5" ET22 with 265/35-18 tires // Rear: 18x11” ET25 with 285/35-18 tires
    • Available in: EC-7, VS-5RS
    • 295/30 or 295/35 rear tires may also be used.
    • Slight scrubbing of front fender liners may occur during full-lock turns. No permanent damage will be caused.

Winter Wheel Fitment

Our wheels are popular for winter use because of their unmatched caliper clearance. We recommend a square fitment in order to allow front-to-rear tire rotation, although staggered fitments can also be used.

Square setups

Front & Rear: 18x9" ET30 or ET31 (EC-7) with 245/40-18 winter tires

  • Direct fit.
  • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, FL-5, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS

Additional Resources

Concavity & Face Profiles

Each of our wheel designs is available in two or three different levels of concavity, which we call Profiles. The Profile is dictated by the width and offset, meaning wide lower-offset wheels will have more concavity, while narrow higher-offset wheels will have less concavity.

Identifying Suspension Types

If you’re using coilovers, see the image below to identify which type of coilover spring you have, as it may effect your wheel fitment.

About Camber Plates

Adjustable camber plates do more than just aid in wide wheel and tire fitment. They provide increased grip and reduced tire wear by spreading the load evenly during cornering. Learn more in our blog article, The Positives of Negative Camber.

Big Brake Kit Clearances

We have tested plenty of big brake kits with most of the wheels listed in this guide. Please email us with any questions related to brake clearance, we’ll be happy to help.