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#1 (permalink) Old 01-13-2005, 09:10 PM
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First, thanks to all of you that have contributed to the various posts trying to help guys like me understand the various nuances associated with putting different wheels and tires on an E39.

As 19's wheels begin to come down in price, the increasingly common question seems to be "should I go for 18's, or 19's?" Based you your personal experience you've offered some great advice about tire sizes, rolling the fenders, lowering the vehicle, etc.

To help me make up my mind what to do (18 or 19), I once again turn to you guys for your opinions.

Here's the situation -- I've got a 2000 540 with OEM sport suspension w/17" wheels.[attachmentid=17247] I want to replace my OEM Radial Spoke wheels with Hamann PG2 style wheels [attachmentid=17248]to make my vehicle appear more aggressive, and "beefy-er".

Assuming that ...
I DO NOT want to roll the fenders, and
I DO NOT want to lower the suspension, and
The wheels I'm considering come in 8.5 front and 9.5 rear


What will look best, 18's or 19's?

Thanks again for your opinions.
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#2 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 07:24 PM
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Originally posted by dy540i@Jan 14 2005, 04:10 AM
First, thanks to all of you that have contributed to the various posts trying to help guys like me understand the various nuances associated with putting different wheels and tires on an E39.

As 19's wheels begin to come down in price, the increasingly common question seems to be "should I go for 18's, or 19's?" Based you your personal experience you've offered some great advice about tire sizes, rolling the fenders, lowering the vehicle, etc.

To help me make up my mind what to do (18 or 19), I once again turn to you guys for your opinions.

Here's the situation -- I've got a 2000 540 with OEM sport suspension w/17" wheels.[attachmentid=17247] I want to replace my OEM Radial Spoke wheels with Hamann PG2 style wheels [attachmentid=17248]to make my vehicle appear more aggressive, and "beefy-er".

Assuming that ...
I DO NOT want to roll the fenders, and
I DO NOT want to lower the suspension, and
The wheels I'm considering come in 8.5 front and 9.5 rear


What will look best, 18's or 19's?

Thanks again for your opinions.
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Keep the tpe 32's they look much better and "AGGRESSIVE" than the crappy things you are about to put on - I would personally kill for a set of 32's.
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I totally agree with Beelz about keeping the 32's! I wish my own 32's looked as nice as yours, in fact! Those other rims remind me of something I've seen on a 10-year-old VW Golf. n (Gee no lack of candor around here, huh?!?

I can understand your craving for more rim, but frankly what I would like to see is just a set of CHROMED Type 32's. I think THAT'd look really good! I would LOVE love to see pics of that!

Sorry, but maybe someone else will voice an opinion you can actually do something with. Best of luck to you!!

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I totally agree with Beelz about keeping the 32's! I wish my own 32's looked as nice as yours, in fact! Those other rims remind me of something I've seen on a 10-year-old VW Golf. n (Gee no lack of candor around here, huh?!?

I can understand your craving for more rim, but frankly what I would like to see is just a set of CHROMED Type 32's. I think THAT'd look really good! I would LOVE love to see pics of that!

Sorry, but maybe someone else will voice an opinion you can actually do something with. Best of luck to you!!
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Wow, you guys are brutal...

Here's the look I'm going for: [attachmentid=17290]
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Originally posted by dy540i+Jan 15 2005, 12:56 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(dy540i @ Jan 15 2005, 12:56 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Eric S.@Jan 14 2005, 07:51 PM
I totally agree with Beelz about keeping the 32's!* I wish my own 32's looked as nice as yours, in fact!* Those other rims remind me of something I've seen on a 10-year-old VW Golf.* n* (Gee no lack of candor around here, huh?!?

I can understand your craving for more rim, but frankly what I would like to see is just a set of CHROMED Type 32's.* I think THAT'd look really good!* I would LOVE love to see pics of that!

Sorry, but maybe someone else will voice an opinion you can actually do something with.* Best of luck to you!!*
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Wow, you guys are brutal...

Here's the look I'm going for: [attachmentid=17290]
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I gotta admit it looks pretty good too, especially if you had some nice aftermarket calipers and some cross-drilled rotors. Not so good with stock brake components. Sorry we're so useless (except for BillB) on this forum, but we're pretty good at humor...

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Originally posted by dy540i+Jan 15 2005, 05:56 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(dy540i @ Jan 15 2005, 05:56 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Eric S.@Jan 14 2005, 07:51 PM
I totally agree with Beelz about keeping the 32's! I wish my own 32's looked as nice as yours, in fact! Those other rims remind me of something I've seen on a 10-year-old VW Golf. n (Gee no lack of candor around here, huh?!?

I can understand your craving for more rim, but frankly what I would like to see is just a set of CHROMED Type 32's. I think THAT'd look really good! I would LOVE love to see pics of that!

Sorry, but maybe someone else will voice an opinion you can actually do something with. Best of luck to you!!
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Wow, you guys are brutal...

Here's the look I'm going for: [attachmentid=17290]
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Hey man I'll admit that looks much cooler than I thought it would and I eat humble pie - BUT your type 32's really look great to me and I wish I coould find a reasonbable priced set over here in good condition.

At the end of the day it's your choice and as I said the rims you want do look pretty damn cool but a littl Pimp for my taste - but then you may be a pimp after all!!


go for it!
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Hey man I'll admit that looks much cooler than I thought it would and I eat humble pie - BUT your type 32's really look great to me and I wish I coould find a reasonbable priced set over here in good condition.

At the end of the day it's your choice and as I said the rims you want do look pretty damn cool but a littl Pimp for my taste - but then you may be a pimp after all!!


go for it!
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Okay, now I know where to turn to when I need a humor boost! :
See, those wheels aren't really that bad. You guys just need a little more imagination.

Well, I bit the bullet yesterday and ordered those 8.5x19 (15 offset) and 9.5x19 (20 offset) wheels with Michellin Pilot Sport All Season 245/35's on the fronts, and 275/30's on the rear. I should have on by next weekend and I'll post some before and after pics online. I figured if they really sucked, then I could always sell'em and downsize to 18" wheels. I'll probably end up putting my existing OEM radial spokes with their Dunlop tires on eBay for sale.

At this point, my only concern is for rubbing! The pimp-miester that's ordering my wheels assures me that they'll fit just fine. At least, I think that's what he meant when he said "Shit man... thos mo fo's ain't gonna be hitt'n noth'n!"
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Hey man, as mentioned, your brakes are now really going to be visible, so if you haven't already, think about some brake mods that those babies can showcase!!

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Originally posted by dy540i+Jan 16 2005, 05:24 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(dy540i @ Jan 16 2005, 05:24 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-BeelZibub@Jan 15 2005, 06:27 PM

Hey man I'll admit that looks much cooler than I thought it would and I eat humble pie - BUT your type 32's really look great to me and I wish I coould find a reasonbable priced set over here in good condition.

At the end of the day it's your choice and as I said the rims you want do look pretty damn cool but a littl Pimp for my taste - but then you may be a pimp after all!!


go for it!
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Okay, now I know where to turn to when I need a humor boost! :
See, those wheels aren't really that bad. You guys just need a little more imagination.

Well, I bit the bullet yesterday and ordered those 8.5x19 (15 offset) and 9.5x19 (20 offset) wheels with Michellin Pilot Sport All Season 245/35's on the fronts, and 275/30's on the rear. I should have on by next weekend and I'll post some before and after pics online. I figured if they really sucked, then I could always sell'em and downsize to 18" wheels. I'll probably end up putting my existing OEM radial spokes with their Dunlop tires on eBay for sale.

At this point, my only concern is for rubbing! The pimp-miester that's ordering my wheels assures me that they'll fit just fine. At least, I think that's what he meant when he said "Shit man... thos mo fo's ain't gonna be hitt'n noth'n!"
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They do look good fella, and I might be wrong but I think you should have stuck with the 20mm offset on both the fronts and back (I'm not sure if the bimmers are positive of negative offset but could lead to rubbin - Hope though you'll be fine) - that is the BMW recommendation, but if you've got info which tells a different tale I would love to read it.

At the end of the day you're gonna roll through the hood like a son of a bitch (hope that is good - not a pimp myself!!!!)
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I put the same size rims on my car, a 2001 540i. It had 17's on it and sport suspension. here are things i have noticed since i did it. I didnt have to roll the fenders or anything else to get them under there, in fact there was plenty of room and they look great. Here are the not so goods; the ride is rougher, but just a little. the stock brakes do show, ALOT, and now i want to get the big fat rotors and colored calipers. Most importantly i need new stiffer springs because now when i put people in the back seat the back end comes down and if you hit some bumps at high speed (above 70mph) the rear tires will rub against the rear wheelwells. That is something that i wished someone had warned me about, i may have gone with 18's if i knew i was going to have to get new springs while i was here in Europe. for clarification i am an american and get paid in dollars, so spending all the money on springs in Euro is not making me a happy camper. Aside from that i am happy and it gives me a good reason not to tote people around, except i have a 4 door sedan and you are supposed to be able to tote people areound :-) any questions just hit me up.

Oh yeah, sorry the car is dirty in the pic, but its belgium and my car is always dirty.

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i read another post about the offsets. here is exact the spec for the tires i put on there:

The wheels are 19"x8.5" offset 15 (Front), and 19"x9.5" offset 22 (Rear) with 5x120 bolt pattern. The tires are 245/35/19 (Front) and 275/30/19 (Rear)

You can see from the picture how they fit.
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i read another post about the offsets. here is exact the spec for the tires i put on there:

The wheels are 19"x8.5" offset 15 (Front), and 19"x9.5" offset 22 (Rear) with 5x120 bolt pattern. The tires are 245/35/19 (Front) and 275/30/19 (Rear)

You can see from the picture how they fit.
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Say, regarding offsets on an E39, which way does it go? Will a 20mm wheel stick out further than a 20mm wheel, or vice versa.
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I love the PG2's (but not as much as the HM2's). Good choice and you have found some greta rims. I'd say go with 18's just to be safe and because the 19's would probably make the ride extremely rough.

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Hey DY, if you haven't yet bought your rims, check out the 19" babies on THIS 540: http://bimmer.roadfly.org/bmw/forums/e39/6145817-1.html. Holy Cats!

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