The stance scene is a very prominent within the car community and is still pushing boundaries today. I was very heavy into the stance scene some years back. I engulfed myself with the mindset of “perfect” wheel fitment and driving as low as I possibly can without breaking anything underneath my car. Wide wheels, low offsets, and stretched tires was the name of the game, and to make it all fit was the motive. BMW’s are a very popular car within the stance community. The reason being because BMW’s have larger than average fender wells, so fitting bigger sized wheels was always easier. They also looked so good when lowered due to the naturally aggressive body styling BMW offers. Add in some wheel poke and you’ve got yourself a sweet looking ride. ModExpert Sean is a BMW specialist. Through his guidance customer Christian followed down the stance route for his BMW F32 435i. The F32 body is a great platform for stance because of its wide body styling (it is seriously quite wide compared to other 2 door coupes). Christian paired his F32 with BC BR coilovers and Forgestar F14 super deeps all around. He also opted for a fender roll as well. This is necessary for fitting his widely sized F14’s.
The BC BR coilover system is a very popular coilover system for those looking into stance. They offer a lot of adjustability; providing camber plates and rebound adjustment. Most importantly, the go really low. I personally ran a set of BC’s on my old stance’d out E92 335i back in the day. They were the perfect coilovers to go with because of its adjustability and great price point. The ride quality is superb as well. They’re not too harsh but definitely improve overall handling and driving experience. The front camber plates really help when fitting larger width wheels, providing up to roughly -3 degrees of camber. The rebound adjustment helps with providing a more comfortable ride when going low. Overall the BC racing coilover system is great for those looking to lower their cars; whether it be for stance or functionality.
Christian’s car on the lift getting ready for coilover installation.
Next we take a look at the Forgestar F14’s super deeps. Christian went with a brushed finish on the faces which looks very clean and compliments the Alpine White color on his car. For sizing he went with 19×9.5 et13 in the front and 19×10 et22 in the rear, deep concavity all around! For the F32 these spec’s are about as aggressive as you can go without the need for additional suspension parts (like camber arms, toe arms, etc). 9.5 is quite wide in the front, but with the help of the camber plates and a fender roll we managed to make it all fit. Rolling the fenders helps flatten the inner edge of the fender, thus allowing for a tighter fitment and no rubbing. For the rears it was pretty tough to ensure flush fitment without rubbing against the fender liner, so we had the fender line trimmed in order to prevent rubbing.
The offsets are also very aggressive. Those with the M-Sport brakes may have an easier time fitting slightly lower offsets (et18). In Christian’s case, he has the standard BMW brakes. With the standard BMW brakes et13 and et22 is about as aggressive as you can go without the brake hitting the inner spokes of the wheel. When dealing with wheel fitment, tire sizing is critical and can make or break the look and fitment of your car. Running stretched tires is ideal if you’re trying to achieve a tucked look. Reason being because the wheel is often too wide, running a non-stretched tire will rub and won’t be able to fit properly. Running a smaller width tire on a wide wheel helps provide a stretch, bringing the tire sidewall in a little and giving your wheel a slight edge to fitting inside a fender. The problem with stretched tires however is that it can be dangerous. With a thin profile sidewall, too much of a stretch can lead to issues like debeading. Debeading is when the bead of the tire pops off the wheel, thus causing all the air to leak out. With that being said, finding the right amount of stretch is both safe and efficient when fitting and running wide wheels on a lowered car.
Christian is running Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2 tires. His sizing is 225/40R19 in the front and 255/35R19 in the rear. There is quite a stretch on both the front and rear wheels but nothing too extreme. The 40 aspect ratio on the front helps provide a little extra sidewall to prevent debeading. The rear isn’t too extremely stretched, so this helps the tire sit properly on the wheel.
With the stretch tires, you can see the sidewall leaning in and the lip of the wheel poking.
With a lot of suspension adjustments, the fender rolling, and stretched tires, we managed to make the F14’s fit properly and achieved the desired ride height for Christians F32. Check out the photos below of the installation and the final product! The fitment ended up very tight against the fender but looks very clean. With all the aero bits the car looks super aggressive, sitting low and mean muggin’. From a stance point of view, this car definitely looks sick!