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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-05-2004, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what up all!

well our car is going in on tuesday for some new tiers, i like toyo myself, so thats what iam getting 195/60 R14's

and well i have gold stock bbs rims on the car, they are cool to some degree but the gold is oxadated and they look a little funky on my ride (white car). and they are missing some caps (like $40 a cap) will sell them (all 4 rims and 3 caps) to some one if they want them, make me an offer!

do any of you guys run plain jane steel rims? i kinda like that low budget look of brand new powder coated steel rims and chrome lugs, i know its geto, but i dont have the cash for some 17 volks. any ideas? bad or good?

also can i remove those dust cover from around my calipers and paint my calipers yellow with VHT? (i ask becuse i havent tooken the wheels off to look at them yet).

so am i a crazy noob for doing this rice mod to my car? LOL. any one have pictures of a 325 with steel rims on it? looked on the net but could not find any, where is the best place to get a set of 4 14x6 mild offset steel rims?

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The stock rims are pretty nice for the time, so you don't see many people driving around with uncapped steel rims. Can we get some pictures of these oxidized rims?
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Old 09-05-2004, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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here is the car! and the rims!
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and another. dont have any pics of the other side.
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sorry for the bad speeling and gramer first! my bad....

the gold on the rims is just a little faded and starting to oxide. i thought about painting them flat black, but by the time i pay for the paint and the center cap and all the work i do on them myself, i might as well get NEW steel rims.

also what about the dust covers around the calipers? can i run my car with those off?

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Steel rims won't look half as good as those do, and you don't really need to buy $40 caps, if you can find some that will fit for a universal job. If they're oxidizing, and it's just the paint that needs fixing, then sand it off to the aluminum and either have it treated and leave it bare or paint it silver/black/whatever. No sense in getting rid of a perfectly good set of rims because one needs a center cap and they all need a little paint.

I'd keep them, and take the dust covers off, unless you drive on filthy roads a lot. I think they make your rims look more like hubcaps.
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I'd keep them, and take the dust covers off, unless you drive on filthy roads a lot. I think they make your rims look more like hubcaps.
my thoughts exactly. that was one of the main reasons, why i dont like them. sounds like i will keep them and do s little painting and polishing on them.

the center cap itself is not missing, but the BBS logo that sticks in it. know where to one? does BMW badge stick fir in thier? LOL

thanx a million for the opinion!

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I'd keep them, and take the dust covers off, unless you drive on filthy roads a lot. I think they make your rims look more like hubcaps.
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Steelies are great stealth wheels. You can get them from www.tirerack.com or the dealership or VW also.

I want to get somemore and split the halves and weld in some centers to make a set of 14x8 steelies but no company that sells tires makes a decent size tire for that size any more. #$%^ bling bling crap. Function over style any day of the week.

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Your rims are less faded tham mine...

I am missing one of the caps and covers. All you need to do is buy some BMW logos off ebay and ur set...or if u want i think they have BBS ones too

here is a pic of my 16" BBS

what do u guys think....no caps and covers would look better?
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Steel wheels are heavier than alloys. So that means more unsprung weight
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took the dust covers off. looks much better. however those 14inch rims still make the car look diffrent. guess i will paint them a flat black with a polished lip. and then paint the calipers VHT yellow, that should make it look more like a sports car!

also put new 195/60 r14's on it today, toyo spectras! best tire for the buck IMHO.

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Steel wheels are heavier than alloys. So that means more unsprung weight
Yes it does but here in New England during fall and spring why tear up expensive alloys with road salt? Besides some steel wheels weigh less than 16" wheels and up. Not all but some.
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Hawaiians probably don't have to worry about that kind of thing.
I doubt I'll even drive in the winter, I live at the bottom of a pretty big hill.
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