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      10-06-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
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18" vs 19"

Hello, i am going to order a 2009 space grey 335i coupe, just wondering if the 19 inch performance rim package is worth it. I heard the hire in wheel size you go you give up a little bit of performance, is it true or not that much, it will handle just as good as the 18inch wheels. Kind of stupid question but please let me know, thank you =).
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Cant run drag radials on 19" wheels...
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Generally, from a cosmetic standpoint, 19's look better. For everything else 18's are the way to go.

Now that I reread your post, your car is coming with 19's. It wont bother you. Unless you're doing something serious, the difference between a 19 and an 18 won't be too noticeable. Don't sweat it.

... and even if it turns out that it does bother you, you won't believe how much money people will pay for stock wheels on this forum
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In thoery, the 19s will handle better on smooth roads as they tires will flex less than 18s. But 18s will absorb bumps better.

I went with the 230s and have noticed they tended to bounce a bit due to them being RFTs. However, after 2k miles the suspesion has settled down and the ride is much better now.

If you plan on sticking with the oem, go for the 19s. I did. If you plan on getting aftermarket rims, don't get the 230s. You will not get 1k more for the 19s compared to the 18s if you sell them off.

However, I have always leaned towards keeping the oem wheels regardless if I go aftermarket. I turn my cars over inside of the warranty period and I like trading the car in as close to oem as possible, minus miscellanious cosmetic changes.
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In thoery, the 19s will handle better on smooth roads as they tires will flex less than 18s. But 18s will absorb bumps better.

If you plan on sticking with the oem, go for the 19s. I did. If you plan on getting aftermarket rims, don't get them. You will not get 1k more for the 19s compared to the 18s if you sell them off.

However, I have always leaned towards keeping the oem wheels regardless if I go aftermarket. I turn my cars over inside of the warranty period and I like trading the car in as close to oem as possible, minus miscellanious cosmetic changes.
+1 i keep all oem parts for the end lease... If i decide to keep the car i only sell the oem parts after the car is bought out from the lease...
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So should i get the 19 inch perfroamcne rim package, its a heft 4,625 dollars before installation and tax. I love how it looks but for that much i dont know.
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Whoa whoa whoa, back the truck up. It's $4625 for just wheels? No way. There are a LOT better choices for that kind of money on the market. Spending that much on factory wheels with factory tires is just looney.
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lmao, you didnt know it was that much huh. I though teh same exact thing, but they look so good, i dont get why they price it that high =(. Proves the whole stealership theory.
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lmao, you didnt know it was that much huh. I though teh same exact thing, but they look so good, i dont get why they price it that high =(. Proves the whole stealership theory.
For another $1000 you can get a full set of HRE monoblocks for your car... Nothing looks and performs better that that IMO...
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yea, what are you looking at? Mine weere a 1k option upgrade when I ordered the car. I would not buy a whole separate set. For that price you can get some sweet rims and no RFTs.
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Yea, if they're asking 4K+ for the 19" wheel upgrade...maybe you should reconsider purchasing from this dealer. That's just a ridiculous price. Where are you ordering from?
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Just the bmw accessories price online, thats how much it is supposedely.
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