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      05-12-2005, 10:16 PM   #1
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Stock 17" wheels on 330i

Just noticed that the stock wheels (159) are 8" wide front and rear. You'd think they would put some wider rims/tires on the 330i, with the extra HP and all. This is a bit of a disappointment since I really like the style of the "159" rims.

I am not so hot on the idea of running 18" rims from the Sports Package either. The rims are likely heavier and the weight is distributed further out from the hub/axle. Add to that the higher cost of replacement tires. Just looked over at TireRack.com and the difference for a set of four is $400-500US. Not a huge amount of money but not chump change either, considering it is for something that I would consider "fashion-before-function".

Would be interesting to see a comparison test of the 330i with the stock rims and the SP rims for skid pad/slalom.

Another 24 hours and I get a chance to see this E90 in person, whee...
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      05-12-2005, 11:21 PM   #2
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True anytime you put larger wheels you're adding rolling diameter and likely more weight, but the 330 should have plenty of power to drive the 162 SP wheels no problem, plus they just look so damn good!
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      05-13-2005, 01:32 AM   #3
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That's funny because when you opt for the 325 SP and get 17"s, the rear ones are wider than the front (8.5 rear, 8.0 front). Think of it this way though, while everyone with SP rims are burning through their tires in less than 20000 miles, you'll be able to hold on to yours for far longer. That is, taking into account the fact that you will be able to rotate your tires and that the nonSP tires in general will wear more slowly.
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      06-06-2005, 04:46 PM   #4
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Could you please post some pics of wheels and tires from the 330 17 inch
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      06-06-2005, 05:20 PM   #5
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Could you please post some pics of wheels and tires from the 330 17 inch
you could just look at bmwusa.com
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      06-06-2005, 05:30 PM   #6
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Don't consider it fashion b4 function until you drive it. If the SP still feels like fashion then save your money.
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      06-06-2005, 05:32 PM   #7
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Also could you please post what tires the base 330 model have?
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      06-06-2005, 05:33 PM   #8
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Please give the brand name, and all the info. thanks
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      06-06-2005, 05:35 PM   #9
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Also could you please post what tires the base 330 model have?
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      06-06-2005, 05:35 PM   #10
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Also could you please post what tires the base 330 model have?
dude, have you checked out the photo gallery or the wheels/tires forum? tooooons of pics there, including this thread showing all factory e90 wheels

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=464
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      06-06-2005, 05:53 PM   #11
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In that photos I can't see the brand of the tires.

Could some one please confirm if the brand of the tires are:

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A II
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      06-06-2005, 06:18 PM   #12
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Would be interesting to see a comparison test of the 330i with the stock rims and the SP rims for skid pad/slalom.

Another 24 hours and I get a chance to see this E90 in person, whee...
My guess is that the Sport would waste the non-Sport on anything involving friction (e.g. skidpad) due to the performance (ie summer) tires on the sport vs. all-seasons on the non-Sport.

In anything involving track performance, tires make ALL the difference.

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      06-06-2005, 07:13 PM   #13
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yes, they are bridgestone potenzas.
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      06-06-2005, 08:29 PM   #14
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jiggax23 could you please confirm if they are this model number:

RE050A II

( check for the II after the A )
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      06-06-2005, 10:43 PM   #15
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Don't consider it fashion b4 function until you drive it. If the SP still feels like fashion then save your money.
Easier said then done. My comment was for the 18" rims only, not the entire Sports Package. So, to test it would require a 330i with SP supension plus 18"x8 and 17"x8 rims with the same tires types.
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      06-06-2005, 11:06 PM   #16
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For my purposes, I'd prefer the Sport Package (for the seats, suspension and steering wheel) completly intact except for the wheels and tires. I think that I'd be much happier with a set of 17 x 8 wheels with some nice sticky 235/45 R-17 rubber wrapped around them. That would give me a little extra cush in the event of a pot hole without bending a wheel, and to rotate the tires (yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, BMW doesn't recommend tire rotation, but that's another story) for maximum life and maximum noise reduction.

Would the handling be a little less razor sharp with 235/45 R-17s as opposed to 225/40 R-18s up front? Yeah, probably a little. That said, am I going to track my car? Nope. So, do I care? Nope.

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In that photos I can't see the brand of the tires.

Could some one please confirm if the brand of the tires are:

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A II
That is correct you get Bidgestone RE050A II or Michelin PS2 in that size
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How much would it be to add the 159's as an option on the 325 does anyone know?
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      07-18-2005, 04:21 AM   #19
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all of those wheels are awful except for the 162's
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Can anyone tell me what the offset is for 159 wheels ? (330i without SP )
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