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View Poll Results: Check all that apply for all wheel sets you run on your E90/E92:
OEM Rims 55 53.40%
Non-OEM Rims 24 23.30%
Less than 17" 3 2.91%
17" Staggered 11 10.68%
17" 23 22.33%
18" Staggered 38 36.89%
18" 6 5.83%
19" Staggered 47 45.63%
19" 3 2.91%
20" Staggered 6 5.83%
20" 1 0.97%
Greater than 20" 1 0.97%
Summer Runflat 29 28.16%
Summer 31 30.10%
All-Season Runflat 9 8.74%
All-Season 12 11.65%
Winter Runflat 15 14.56%
Winter 20 19.42%
Mud and Snow 3 2.91%
Studded Snow 2 1.94%
Drag Radials 1 0.97%
Slicks 1 0.97%
Other Tires 1 0.97%
One set of wheels and tires 19 18.45%
Two sets of wheels and tires 39 37.86%
Three sets of wheels and tires 3 2.91%
Four or more sets of wheels and tires 2 1.94%
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      01-24-2007, 12:45 AM   #1
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What wheels and tires do you run on your E90/E92?

Do you recognize these rims?



What rims and tires are available to fit the E90/E92 for winter, summer, road or track? For the benefit of anybody else shopping for a set of wheels post your experience here. Please provide make, model, seller, price, PHOTOS, web-links, reason for your choice, and any other useful info that you have.

For the rims I wanted to keep the same offset, diameter, and stagger as my stock Style 189s. I didn't want to use spacers. Since these were to be my winter wheels I wanted 17" rims as recommended by many. In Boise, Idaho winters can be cold with several weeks(at least eight or more) of below freezing high temperatures. Generally the road surface is dry as it doesn't often rain or snow. After a snowfall, a little sand is left on the roads for weeks until the weather changes and a sweeper truck comes around. The original Bridgestone Potenzas have little traction in these conditions.

What to do?

It seemed hard to find information on anything that could make this happen. Ultimately I found something that should work rather nicely. For my Montego Blue E92, this is what I bought:

___________________________________________LIST___ ______PAID________SELLER________PART_NUMBER___DESC RIPTION__________
BMW OEM V-Spoke Style 188 17J-8.5_____$__412.00ea.__$__350.20ea.__Peterson BMW__36-11-6-768-855 Alloy Rim
BMW OEM V-Spoke Style 188 17J-8__________361.00ea._____306.85ea.__Peterson BMW__36-11-6-768-854 Alloy Rim
Roundel hub caps___________________________4.25ea._______3.61e a.__Peterson BMW__36-13-6-768-640 Hub Cap
TPMS sensors______________________________44.00ea._____ _37.40ea.__Peterson BMW__36-23-6-779-490 Module
Valve stems_______________________________12.40ea.______ 10.54ea.__Peterson BMW__36-11-1-095-375 Valve
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______________________________________$ 1788.60_____$ 1520.30


Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 XL 255/40R17_________________179.00ea.__Tirerack.com__54VR7BZLM25XL (Rim Width Range 8.50 to 10.00) 830RPM__28 lbs.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 XL 225/45R17_________________153.00ea.__Tirerack.com__245VR7BZLM25XL (Rim Width Range 7.00 to 8.50) 833RPM__24 lbs.
Accutire ABS Coated Aire Guage__________________________14.99_____Tirerack.com__AIR2
Federal Express shipping 3 Days_________________________69.07
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__________________________________________________ __$__748.06


I have my new tires from Tirerack.com and for quite a lot less money than the local tire shop. The rims are in transit from Germany. Style 188 may be readily available in Europe as standard on the E92, but they are rare in the U.S.

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Last week I picked up my new rims. These are OEM style 188 and they are made in Italy.

Taking my time, I washed them thoroughly, wiped them down with a clay bar, and applied Xzilon Molecular Adhesion.



Big O Tires in Boise had a five star rating from Tire Rack, so I had them mount and balance the tires. Because TPMS sensors were involved, they charged more for their work. When I made the appointment, all the guy wanted to know was that they were 17" rims. My $68 quote turned into $93 once the work was done. That was after they cut the price in half that they add on for installing and working around TPMS sensors. They seemed to do a good job, and they were very courteous and attentive.

One concern that came with the install was that using a flat fix in a can will ruin a TPMS sensor. This makes sense because there is a small hole in the sensor to monitor the tire's air pressure. In another thread I read that with a couple different kits for temporary flat repairs the substance that is used does not clog the sensor. That, I will have to research a little before deciding whether to pop up to $140 for the BMW ///M kit.



First Impressions: These Bridgestone LM25 XL tires have more grip on cold, dry pavement than my Bridgestone Potenza RE050A runflats. They seem to be a bit bouncy and I prefer the feel of the summer runflats. The LM25s also seem to be noisier. I hope the summer tires have the grip I expect of a performance tire once spring arrives.

On a winter roadtrip of a few hundred miles, these tires never lost any noticeable traction on slushy and icy roads and parking lots. It was not a very good test, however, as temperatures had risen to over 37 degrees. The snow was melting and the roads were clear nearly everywhere. I am sure the summer runflats would not have done well at all on the slush and ice I did find. For what I expect of my winter tires so far they are very good.

Here are some pictures of the rims, and then my E92 on this road trip to Kethum, Idaho (Sun Valley).




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With the outside temperature at 68 degrees today, I decided it was high time that I switch back to summer rubber.

With the OEM summer performance runflats on my 189 sport rims back on my car, I am so pleased with the ride. These tires are not bouncy like the 17" winters. Steering is precise, rather than a little sloppy. There is just enough more feel of the road to make it just right. I like these wheels and tires.

Is the difference due to running 17" wheels? Lower profile? Harder summer rubber? Stiff runflat sidewalls? Some combination of these? Or something else?




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Those Style 188 are smokin'
I wonder if they are easy to clean?
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Those Style 188 are smokin'
I wonder if they are easy to clean?
The Style 188 is a little more difficult to clean simply because the space between the spokes don't leave as much room to bet your hand to the inside of the wheel. These wheels do look very good, though they are 17" rather than 18" wheels. I believe that 17" is better for snow tires setup than 18" and I have not been disappointed.
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Will this wheel work on a 328xi?
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