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      06-14-2009, 01:50 PM   #1
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What size wheels for daily driving in NJ/NY?

I'm having an incredibly difficult time deciding on what size rims for my E90 328xi. I live in NJ and commute to NY on a daily basis where the roads are absolutely horrific. I don't want to crack a rim and/or pop a tire on my way to/from work, on a casual drive around town, or during a spirited run on the back roads. I also have H&R Sport Springs already installed and enjoy the aggressive appearance and performance that they offer but I am worried about rubbing. This leads me to believe that 18"s are the safest choice. However, I'm not sure that I will be satisfied unless I'm on 19"s, purely for aesthetics. Is it worth the risk to run 19"s or should I play it safe with 18"s. Please weigh in and let me know your thoughts. Also, if you have pictures of 18"s on your ride, please post them with whatever suspension you're running.
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      06-14-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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18" is the best!
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Since your already lowered, I'd go with 18's also. I suggest BBS.

I have 18" M3 reps, but it would look hell of a lot better lowered.
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. Amir87 - Your car looks great. Excellent choice in wheels. Thank you for the picture.
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i have the same dilemma. I just can't justify going with 19" when we drive on one of the crappiest roads.

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we went with 16" on our 2009 328xi and dont regret it for a second here in new york city
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we went with 16" on our 2009 328xi and dont regret it for a second here in new york city
I have 16"s stock with RFT's but definitely want a bigger wheel/tire combo. Need to separate myself from the pack!!
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after some good shots hitting minor pot holes with the 16's and feeling that jolt as much as i would love 18's i cant see doing it.....
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after some good shots hitting minor pot holes with the 16's and feeling that jolt as much as i would love 18's i cant see doing it.....

Use larger sidewall Non-RFT tires (225/45 and 255/40 R18).

Look at my pictures here. Tire brand is Bridgestone RE050A Non-RFT, speedindex Y. The car is a 335i with original M-sport suspension, which is standard on the 335i in Germany, about 1 inch lower than normal. The E92 has less space in the wheel wells than E90/E91. So if you are not gonna lower it more than that, it should fit just fine. XIs are not lowered per default.

Side effects of the larger resulting wheel diameter:

- more exact speedometer reading
- higher maximum speed
- softer ride
- better filled wheel gaps
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You can get away with 19s.. Most of my friends who own E90s (92s) have 19s on them. Antything up to 19 is fine.
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