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#1 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 11:15 AM
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Help me identify these rims, please

Hello all -

Just got a 2000 328I for my wife - very good overall condition, according to the BMW shop that I had it checked out at. She loves it, and looks great behind the wheel. Only issue is that the previous owner did a semi-pimp job on the thing. I want to put it back to stock condition, and need to get rid of these ugly custom rims. Can anybody help identify the maker? Here's a couple of pics. I know they're not very detailed - I can post some better ones if I need to.

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Their definitley cheap ones. He probably picked them up at a low quality tire store or something. If you remove the rim you might see a manufacturers stamp on the inside.

Original BMW wheels are usually pretty easy to find. Start searching local classifieds.


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Thanks, Lord Vader

Yeah, I agree that they're cheapies of some sort. They just have that Discount Tires/Walmart look to them. I've found some suitable BMW-original replacements, but just wanted to find out how much to try to unload these on CL for.

Thanks again for the reply. Looks like I'm going to have to get my hands dirty.

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You won't get much at all. You'll get more selling em to a younger kid though. BMWs have a unique 5x120mm bolt pattern which doesn't fit very many other cars.


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Figured as much

Yeah, why the hell do people try to improve on the original BMW components by replacing them with cheap crap? Not even worth my time to try to deal with the kind of person who'd want these things. I'll take the hit, get me some decent OEMs, and then donate these things to one of my kid's school's many fundraisers. Slacktivism at it's best.

By the way, according to the BMW shop that I had evaluate this machine before I pulled the trigger, these cheap things are gauged for BMW models of my ilk. So, evidently they fit properly, even if they are ugly as hell. At least it won't hurt the car to drive on the things, and I won't have to go to a whole hell of a lot of trouble to set things back to right.

Expense, yeah. Kinda figured it into the cost, but loving the bimmer so far. So cool. So many great features. So drivable. You all know this already, but I (and wife) are just now discovering these things. Man, these are good cars! Once I get some proper wheels on the thing, I'l be happier.

Thanks again, LV.

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Figured it out

Found 'em. Discount Tires is the source, and they go for about $115 USD new. Yay.

Again, WTF was the previous owner thinking? Doesn't matter, since it is what it is, but still - dude? You'd swap OEM, classic BMW kit for THESE? Oy. People are weird.

Still, the car checks out solid - mechanically and cosmetically, with some normal wear-and-tear maintenance due, and a couple known items that need to be addressed. Mech gave me a very detailed report, so I'm still very pleased, and wife is already smitten. Can't express the importance of that.

Thanks for your feedback DV. Since the ugly things are still in good shape, I may just run them down to the bare treads and then replace them with proper OEM hardware. Like you said, many OEM parts available,so it's not an emergency.

Definitely gonna check back on this forum. Found lots of good info already, and BTW, your project car is super-slick. I'm not gonna go that way with this one, but maybe with another acquisition in the future. Look like fun.

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Expense, yeah. Kinda figured it into the cost, but loving the bimmer so far. So cool. So many great features. So drivable. You all know this already, but I (and wife) are just now discovering these things. Man, these are good cars! Once I get some proper wheels on the thing, I'l be happier.

Thanks again, LV.

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They are absolutley fantastic cars to drive. I just wish my wife would want one too. Maybe one day. I will never own another car that isnt a BMW (not including my truck). I find its easier to fix my E36 then it is to do work on my GMC.

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Found 'em. Discount Tires is the source, and they go for about $115 USD new. Yay.

Again, WTF was the previous owner thinking? Doesn't matter, since it is what it is, but still - dude? You'd swap OEM, classic BMW kit for THESE? Oy. People are weird.

Still, the car checks out solid - mechanically and cosmetically, with some normal wear-and-tear maintenance due, and a couple known items that need to be addressed. Mech gave me a very detailed report, so I'm still very pleased, and wife is already smitten. Can't express the importance of that.

Thanks for your feedback DV. Since the ugly things are still in good shape, I may just run them down to the bare treads and then replace them with proper OEM hardware. Like you said, many OEM parts available,so it's not an emergency.

Definitely gonna check back on this forum. Found lots of good info already, and BTW, your project car is super-slick. I'm not gonna go that way with this one, but maybe with another acquisition in the future. Look like fun.

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Ive seen some pretty bad things put on cars, including BMWs. I really dont understand how some people think that kinda stuff actually looks good. As long as the car was well maintained it is okay.

My E36 isnt so much of a "project car" as i would think of it. Just a few things need fixing which im in the process of doing. Due to rock chips and it being my DD in the winter at point, various places need some paint work. Ive never painted a car before so it will be an excellent learning process.


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Look like they're from wheelbase in birmingham.
Just picked up a set of 18" Genuine BMW M3 Wheels from ebay seller for 400! with tyres, of which 2 needed to be replaced, otherwise perfectly good condition.
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