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Old 02-14-2009, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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have new 335ix coupe with 17's, would like to switch to aftermarket wheels, live in Minnesota so roads are not the smoothest, do I go to 18's or would 19's be okay as long as they are not run flats. Any advice is appreciated. my first BMW.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a new 335i xdrive, I'm presuming that is also what you have. First of all havn't you noticed how rough your car is riding up there in sub 20 degree weather, that's because the run flats turn into rock in cold weather. During the recent warmup we had here in northern illinois, my car rode much smoother than it did when we were having that bitter cold at the end of december. Also my dealers head service wrench told me the 3 series likes to eat tires. I'm planning on changing to winter tires and new wheels from tirerack for the next winter. I also have 17's, and I think 18's or 19's will look nice, but you will trade that for ride quality. And with the roads up there you could even bust a wheel. I hope my two cents worth helps.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think 18's would look fine, obviously 19 would look the best but I think the most important thing here is that the wheels fill the rear fenders. To me that is the best look and takes priority over wheels size.
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