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View Poll Results: which are better on the e36 17'' or 18'' wheels?
17 30 65.22%
18 16 34.78%
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#1 (permalink) Old 12-09-2004, 08:26 PM
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hey guys! i am looking to buy wheels in the near future. i am hoping to get some feed back from the people w/ 17 and 18 inch wheels, pros and cons. i am really hoping for some pictures too!!!!! thanx!!!! B)

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It depends on what your going for.

IF you "drive" your car, I would recomend 17's and a good set of lowering springs and sport shocks.

If you are going for looks I would buy 18's

I have 17's and think it looks great.


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17's = performance/handling
18's = looks

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the main reason why im doing this is a money issue. i know 18's are more expensive, and the tires needed are more expensive too. is your ride comfort crappy now that u guys have 18s? any close up pics so i can compare the two sizes. thanks a lot

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I say 18's for bling and 17's for performance.Prior to my 18's I used to have the stock e46 16's on my 325is and I keep those around for auto-x days. I'll try to dig up some pics of those

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sweet ride there gomerino..I would lower it and do 17x8. If not planning to lower it def. spring for the 18's

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you want the wheels to stand out but not make it so when you look at the car you go "those rims are huge"
complement the car with them not overpower

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17's on mine, AC Schnitzer M3 style, although I wouldn't mind 18's ; I think you get better hold on corners as lower profile, as less give in the sidewalls- a lot can be down to the tyres/tires though.
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thanx for all the pics...to all the people w/ 18's can you pic up every bump in the road. because i dont wanna comprimise the ride comfort for my passengers, but i could care less .

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any super up close pics??? are the dimentions of the 17 inch wheel 225 or 235/45 r17??? cuz i know the 18;s are whatever tire width/40 r 18

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I've got 18's on mine and performance is still way the fuck up there....if you do end up getting 18's, make sure they're light as hell. 17's are gonna be a little bit better in performance but 18's look way better and not much performance is affected. BTW, it is still a way smooth ride.

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any super up close pics??? are the dimentions of the 17 inch wheel 225 or 235/45 r17??? cuz i know the 18;s are whatever tire width/40 r 18
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mine are 225 fronts , 235 on the rear.
Who were you asking for close up pics? i'll take some tomorrow if you meant me ?

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