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      01-19-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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deciding on 18's or 19's

Hey guys, youve prob come across this so much in the past but im goin outta ma mind trying to decide whether to get 18's /19 csl style rimms for my 05 e90??

im worried if i go bigger, then the ride would be very uncomfortable ie hitting dips in the road etc and causing a very bumpy sound and maybe even causing damage to rimms.

and if i go for 18's they may not look as good??/

please any advice would be much appreciated

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      01-19-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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19s for looks 18s for driveability
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      01-19-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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You wont know the difference too much between the 2 on road condition. If you have sport suspension, ride might get a lil rough but not that bad, still comfortable
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      01-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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Went from 18" RFT to 19" Non-RFT. I can't tell the difference.
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      01-19-2013, 07:03 PM   #5
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If you're not going to drop the car, stick with 18's. Otherwise 19's for a more aggressive look.
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19s for looks 18s for driveability
Agreed. Also factor in price for larger wheel and tires. In my opinion 18" is the most versatile size in terms of performance and show.
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19s for looks 18s for driveability
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Buddy, I went throught the exact same struggle, as I'm sure many many have before and many still will. After much research I absolutely decided the best for me was 18's. Until I found 19's I really liked. Then I was absolutely decided the best for me was 19's.

You will get the following responses:
- Like BigNate already said: 19 for show, 18 for go
- I went 19 and can't tell the difference
- I went 19 and so glad I went back to 18, I'll never go 19 again
- I wouldn't be caught dead in 18's - will 20's fit my car?
- 19's bend and crack
- 18's bend and crack
- When you bend I see your crack
- I have smooth roads
- I have rough roads
- I have hemma-roads

Whatever. In the end I just said, "fkit" - a buhzillion others have 19's, they look awesome, I'm the only one in my car 90% of the time (no-one else to complain about the ride), and I'm on smooth highways about the same 90% - 19's it is.

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      01-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #8
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      01-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #9
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18s' n 19's

Ah thanks guys, mixed suggestions there, I think i will probably go with 18's due to circumstances of family etc...


i am really loving the 19's but i guess ride quality is a must and ofcourse i want to lower the car also.



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      01-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #10
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I really don't think BMW would offer 19's as an option on M3s if there was a performance issue. The difference is so slight that I bet if people here had their wheels swapped from 18's to 19's overnight and weren't told or saw that they were swapped, they couldn't feel a difference driving the next morning.
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Ah thanks guys, mixed suggestions there, I think i will probably go with 18's due to circumstances of family etc...

i am really loving the 19's but i guess ride quality is a must and ofcourse i want to lower the car also.

much appreciated.

thanks.
You will be happy with your choice.
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      01-19-2013, 09:41 PM   #12
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When shopping for my car I had read that the 19's give a punishing ride, so that's what I expected. When I drove one with the 19's I didn't think it was punishing. You just have to be more mindful of potholes, etc. with the 19's. I have the 225 Rims, I think they look awesome. And btw I bought the tire/rim protection for 5 yrs just to be safe.
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18 = inexpensive tires
19 = expensive tires

Depending on your budget but money is not the issue then go with 19" more aggressive look.
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When shopping for my car I had read that the 19's give a punishing ride, so that's what I expected. When I drove one with the 19's I didn't think it was punishing. You just have to be more mindful of potholes, etc. with the 19's. I have the 225 Rims, I think they look awesome. And btw I bought the tire/rim protection for 5 yrs just to be safe.
I have the 225's as well. Awesome rims. Sure you have to pay more attention, but totally worth it.
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19 ftw. I went through what you're going and got 18's. I now wish that I had went with 19's.
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I run 19's in the summer and have no issues. Just be careful of potholes and other large bumps in the road
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I run 18s. I have a summer set and a winter set.

I think they're perfect for the car. Not enough sidewall on the tire rolling diameter when you go to 19s on these cars.

Can you do it? Of course, easily. People run 20s. But then again, people do a lot of dumb shit in this world. Yeah I went there
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I stick with 18s...wheels are slightly lighter due to the 1" smaller diameter, and the tire sidewalls are slightly taller for a better ride, but in a 10/10ths handling situation, the 19s would have less "squirm" due to shorter sidewalls. The cost of the equivalent 19" tire to an 18" is also higher. I don't like runflats, so my opinion here is based on non-rft tires.
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What size would you run for autocrossing? That would be my choice for street too. Lightweight and good handling.

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I have sports suspension (non xdrive) I went from 17" runflats to 19" non runflat and really didn't notice the difference to be honest.
Watch potholes-yes.
19s Looks so much better!
Just get a quality wheel- try to avoid gravity cast.
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If there are many potholes and rough roads in England, it's a good idea to stick with 18 inch wheels.

I have 19 inch wheels because the roads in Southern California are 95% smooth, but still have to watch out for potholes here and there.
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