i may want to get new wheels for my 318i at the end of summer. right now i have a 95 318i, with the wheels that i think the 325 (96 model) had. I really like the ADR M-Sport style (cross spoke(i think)). I really don't want to spend $1000+ on the whole thing. I need to have these things installed too, and possibly new tires ghead .
I don't think i want anything over 17 inches because that will probably not fit/look great unless I got new suspension or coil overs.
Hey! I spent an hour looking through catalogs at the wheel and tire store and I found that the M-Sport for ADRs are the best looking ones for my E36 328is. I was going to get the 17s too, but I figure I might as well go with 18s. I don't think you need to change your suspension if you're upgrading your wheels. Sure it would feel different, but the tire choice is also critical. I think you don't need to change suspension. The 18s they tried on my car fit just fine! 18s would be fine, but 17s are great too!! Great choice of wheel by the way! I'm getting the Hyper Blacks. - Take care
Hey fellas, i also went through the torture of getting new rims. I went with Privat 5 spokes cause i dont like to much metal on my rims... but the ADR are by far the best looking rim ive seen in awhile. I went with 17x8 and you dont need any suspension mods... although i want my lowered this summer so i gotta save up . The added width will give you some better handling and of course the rim itself looks great.
17's or 18s are great. I went with 17's cause they are a bit lighter and will still look pimp when i get my car some new springs but 18's are still very very nice.
All in all no suspension upgrades needed... find a rim u like and put em on and enjoy
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I'll post pictures when I get the wheels installed this weekend. I can't wait. I'm just trying to go for the "clean" look. Nothing too aggressive or "racer boy" ish. I want something classy enough to park in front of nice restaurants or bring to board meetings. I've never really been into the whole "wings and stickers make me faster" trend and I believe BMWs speak pretty much for themselves. Their history just says it all. What am I trying to get at? I have no idea.
Hey Brien! I'm actually paying retail for the 18" rims, but get this...I'm selling my 17" Momo Racers to the tire store for credit. The 18" range in price from 220 ~240 each. I know it's kinda expensive, but it's the last expensive thing I'm getting before my marriage this December.
As far as tires go, I've used Michelins, Pirellis, and Toyos. The Michelins and Pirellis are pretty pricey if you ask me. I don't think I'd ever invest in those again especially with the satisfaction I've had with Toyo Proxes. Man! I tell ya!! I've driven from California (mid summer) all the way to St. Louis, Missouri. The tires lasted all the way through this drive AND through the snowy winter in St Louis. In fact, the Toyo Proxes handled REALLY well in the snow. I was shocked that I didn't have to get winter tires. So, if you want some really cool tires that handle well, invest in some Toyo Proxes. Expect to pay about 60 ~80 each depending on size...but better than 120+ for other tires that perform as well. So, my opinion...get Toyos! www.toyo.com They are great! That's my 2cents! Have a good day!
I had Continentals on my stock 15s, and they were great tires. I just had to get rid of them after 60k miles of some pretty hardcore highway driving. But they lasted well. Very true they are pricey, but now I have Bridgestone Potenzas and they are really good. I can't even spin wheels that much (that might be because of the lack of HP in a 318i...haha)
__________________ 1996 318i
5 Speed Manual
Alpine CDA-7895 Head Unit
12" Alpine Type-R, sealed box
Pioneer 400w amp for $20 at a yard sale (to replace my fried MRV-1507)
Infinity Kappa 4" 2-way speakers(rear)
Infinity Kappa 5.25" component speakers(front)
Debaffled airbox, K&N filter
Tracked Mud on carpets
Shampooed and cleaned carpets
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