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      04-25-2010, 03:16 AM   #1
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What Wheels...?

Hi guys,

New to the forum, so be gentle!

I will be collecting my 2006 E90 next week, and the first thing that needs changing are the wheels! (desperately!)

So, i firstly just wondered what size is going to look "right"? Does anyone have any examples of their E90 sitting on 18s or 19s? I've seen one on 18s and if i'm honest, it looked like they could do with being slightly bigger really.

Secondly, what type to go for. I'm edging towards just a higher spec BMW wheel (or replica one at least), but I'm not 100% sure thats the best move really.

If anyone has any pictures or advise, that would be great. For reference (and hopefully so I can see examples of that type), the car is the 4 door E90 in dark blue.

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Welcome Ric!

is your friend - there will be load of pictures on here for different wheel styles. Popular wheels for the e9x are MV3's and 189's (both 18''), and 230's and MV2's (both 19'').
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Welcome Ric,

As Ed say's , do a search, there's loads of threads on here http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319921
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Cheers for the reply guys, and the link.

Have been searching for a little while, especially in the Media Gallery, but have been struggling to find anything in all honesty. Most seem to be american's with the 2 door newer shape model, which doesnt really reflect how a wheel would look on the 4 doors (IMO).

JonD, are yours 19"? Definately look "right", much nicer than the 18" wheels i've seen on some of them. What model are they?

I'm still toying what sort of wheel to get really, in that on one hand I really like the look of yours, but am also toying with the idea of something like the below:



Is there anyone else around thats running 19" wheels that wouldn't mind posting a picture?

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This might help you... http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331671
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Cheers mate, was extremely useful to have a read through. Looks like you looked through the similar options I am doing at the moment!

Is yours standard ride height? Did you notice much of an "arch gap" after fitting the 19s? Warrant lowering of any kind etc??

Could someone confirm what these are? (I think M5 replicas?)
http://www.notorious.me.uk/images/320d/IMG_1662.jpg

I suppose I've just got to make the choice between a higher spec bmw replica wheel, or something aftermarket, which may look OTT? I'm a bit unsure.

Anymore pictures or advice much appreciated

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Mine is standard SE ride height - look at pics in my garage. Would look nicer a little lower but not really practical or comfy in my opinion.

I looked at that thread with those M5 reps myself when I was hunting for wheel choices - they look great and are very concave. However nobody has been able to trace where they came from?
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Mine is standard SE ride height - look at pics in my garage. Would look nicer a little lower but not really practical or comfy in my opinion.

I looked at that thread with those M5 reps myself when I was hunting for wheel choices - they look great and are very concave. However nobody has been able to trace where they came from?
Cool, cheers mate, had a little look in the gallery. Looks quite smart at that height really with the 19s.

Out of interest, what offset/width are your wheels? Did you use spacers?

I've been trying to search the forums to find a good guide to get the wheels sitting nice (as the wheels I have seen for sale have been different in offset by some way) but have struggled to find anything.

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You can find all the OEM wheels here...

http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/

By selecting E90, you can see all the wheels and see the correct offsets for the different wheel widths - i.e. 7J->9J etc. for all E90 wheels. You can use this to compare to aftermarket wheel widths and offsets. You will notice that some wheels are different between models, even though they look similar.

If you look at 5er E60 sizes on the same site - you'll get a feel for offsets that WON'T fit an E90 (they would stick out too far).

EDIT - don't forget that M models have different offsets - so M3 wheels are usually a no-go on std models - you'll see this from the offsets for given widths being quite different (esp at the back).
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You can find all the OEM wheels here...

http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/

By selecting E90, you can see all the wheels and see the correct offsets for the different wheel widths - i.e. 7J->9J etc. for all E90 wheels. You can use this to compare to aftermarket wheel widths and offsets. You will notice that some wheels are different between models, even though they look similar.

If you look at 5er E60 sizes on the same site - you'll get a feel for offsets that WON'T fit an E90 (they would stick out too far).

EDIT - don't forget that M models have different offsets - so M3 wheels are usually a no-go on std models - you'll see this from the offsets for given widths being quite different (esp at the back).
Hi mate,

Cheers for that link. I sort of see how you mean, although even on that site, for example 19x8.5 I can see all sorts of different offsets listed for the e90. Ranging from 30-40??

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Which ones?

As offset is measured in mm, some minor variation is OK for the same width. Coupes can be slightly different, and I think E91s have most tolerance of varying offsets (they can just take stock M3 wheels I think).

Vorne = Front wheels
Hinten = Rear wheels

Front and back have different offsets of course.
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Mine are style 230 wheels with 8.5 x 19 front and 9.5 x 19 rear, with standard BMW staggered offset, no spacers - but might put some in eventually. Not sure if I like the idea of using them though really?

I got mine for a good price and love them (will be even better when I swap to non RFT), but was very close to purchasing a set of CSL reps, they look good on the e90.
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Arent the 230 wheels 8" and 9" wide. Bmw dont do a standard wheel for the E9x that is 8.5" and 9.5", its Alpina and ACS that do the wider 'option' wheels', or most other aftermarket wheels??
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JonD, are yours 19"? Definately look "right", much nicer than the 18" wheels i've seen on some of them. What model are they?
Yes 19", they're 225's fitted the none run flat tyres
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Yes 19", they're 225's fitted the none run flat tyres
Hi Jon,

Cheers for that. Do you know what width/offset you are running? any spacers?? Standard ride height? Certainly looks to sit really nicely!

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19s.

225/35/19 and 255/35/19 (265/30/19 are a more natural fit on the rear. i wanted stretched look)
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Hi Ric, im in the same position as you but looking for my E92 M-Sport, ive got 18" 193 wheels with run-flats but im changing to 19's with non run-flats after all the comments ive read regarding ride and handling on run-flats...
I thought about 20" to fill the wheel arch but decided against it, looks great but the ride would have been a sacrifice IMO, the picture you posted of the silver car has 'Cruize 134' alloys on in silver, they are on my shopping list and found them on an ebay shops website for 850 with budget tyres, another option for that style would be the dotz mugello for roughly 50 more, both have a staggered fit with 8.5 on the front and a wider dish 9.5 on the rear which looks great. let me know how your search goes because im at the same croos-roads regarding multi-spoke or chunky 5 spokes like the M6 reps.
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Hi Ric, im in the same position as you but looking for my E92 M-Sport, ive got 18" 193 wheels with run-flats but im changing to 19's with non run-flats after all the comments ive read regarding ride and handling on run-flats...
I thought about 20" to fill the wheel arch but decided against it, looks great but the ride would have been a sacrifice IMO, the picture you posted of the silver car has 'Cruize 134' alloys on in silver, they are on my shopping list and found them on an ebay shops website for 850 with budget tyres, another option for that style would be the dotz mugello for roughly 50 more, both have a staggered fit with 8.5 on the front and a wider dish 9.5 on the rear which looks great. let me know how your search goes because im at the same croos-roads regarding multi-spoke or chunky 5 spokes like the M6 reps.

Will let you know how it goes mate! I considered 20s, but I think they look just a little bit too big on the e9x.

I think the "Cruize 134" wheels are top of the list at the moment though!

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