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      03-13-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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20 inch wheels with the stock sport package suspension

Hey all, newb here. Does anybody have any photos of a e92 coupe with 20's and the stock sport package springs / shocks? I'm thinking about getting a set, but I want to see how the wheel gap looks first. I appreciate the help everybody! Thanks!
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When rims are sized properly, the overall diameter is the same, be it 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24. So maybe you really mean you want to see a 20 on a E92? The gap should be no different unless there's some sort of illusion?

20's are cheap, but imho have a serious disadvantage out on the road, that's 2" less sidewall. I think the sidewalls are already pretty slim on a 255/35-18.
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Here of pic of my car when I had 20" iforged wheels on it with sport suspension. Like John said the over all diameter is about the same. Disadvantage is the price for 20" tires and the lack of side wall. I had a blowout at 70 mph on the highway that scared the crap out of me. Sold the 20" for a nice set of 18" I learned my lesson.

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Here of pic of my car when I had 20" iforged wheels on it with sport suspension. Like John said the over all diameter is about the same. Disadvantage is the price for 20" tires and the lack of side wall. I had a blowout at 70 mph on the highway that scared the crap out of me. Sold the 20" for a nice set of 18" I learned my lesson.
It's hard to actually tell those are 20's...about the only reference would be the brake rotors, they look small relative to the wheels. Do like that style though!
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I never understood the point of huge rims/ ultra low sidewalls.

IMO

1. They look stupid.
2, The screw up the handling.
3. They make the car ride like a conestoga wagon
4, The rims are very prone to damage.
5. The tires are very prone to damage.

So what exactly is the point?

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I never understood the point of huge rims/ ultra low sidewalls.

IMO

1. They look stupid.
2, The screw up the handling.
3. They make the car ride like a conestoga wagon
4, The rims are very prone to damage.
5. The tires are very prone to damage.

So what exactly is the point?

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1. you have no taste
2. 99% of time it actually is better since most people go with wider tires
3. at least we know now that you drove a Conestoga Wagon WTF
4. IF you are an IDIOT yes
5. IF you are an IDIOT yes

the point is that you seat here and bash on low pro tires and large wheels when YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT...
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      03-13-2011, 07:52 PM   #7
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I have the OEM 230 style 19" and IMO that's about as big as I would go on a car like this. They look great, just be prepared to pay to play when it comes time to buy new tires.
225/35/19 fronts and 255/30/19 rears = Very expensive replacements. lol
The handling is great though
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1. you have no taste
2. 99% of time it actually is better since most people go with wider tires
3. at least we know now that you drove a Conestoga Wagon WTF
4. IF you are an IDIOT yes
5. IF you are an IDIOT yes

the point is that you seat here and bash on low pro tires and large wheels when YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT...
1. 20 inch wheels? on an SUV okay
2. no its not, it screws up the handling, do your research before posting
3. it was a joke
4. its more prone to damage, thats a fact, idiot or not
5. " "

Edit: here's a comparison between different wheel sizes
http://www.caranddriver.com/features...sted-tech_dept
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20s are where its at.
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You have got to drop it low if you want 20s to look right. The size of the fender gap appears exaggerated when you use ultra low profile tires.
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Thanks for the help everybody! I appreciate it!
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1. you have no taste
2. 99% of time it actually is better since most people go with wider tires
3. at least we know now that you drove a Conestoga Wagon WTF
4. IF you are an IDIOT yes
5. IF you are an IDIOT yes

the point is that you seat here and bash on low pro tires and large wheels when YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT...
Actually its proven going with very small sidewalls Like 20" for a 3 series will ruin your handling...I think you need to do some reading. And yeah it looks great (if you live in the ghetto)
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I have 20". with sport suspension and it looks great.
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5. Myth: Large-diameter wheels fitted with low-profile tires improve handling.

Truth: Tall wheels with short sidewall tires are more about show than go. The original purpose of large-diameter wheels was to make room for larger brakes. Stylists and motorists liked the look of big wheels with short-sidewall tires and engineers took the opportunity to fit even bigger brakes. Also, low-profile tires tend to provide increased steering response, giving many the illusion of good handling. However, traction is determined largely by the composition of the tread rubber and, to a lesser extent, tire width. Pierre DuPasquier, former head of Michelin's race-tire program, said that if F1 lifted its current mandate of 13-inch diameter wheels, the size would grow to about 18 or 19 inches, "but certainly not 20 or above."

http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/t...icleid=129015&

Top Gear also did a test were going with a smaller sidewall helped to a point as soon as they started going with 35, 30 sidewalls the handling got a whole lot worse. That's why you see nice beefy tires on a M3 with 19" rims.
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