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      06-28-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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320D Efficient Dynamics - Possible Wheel Change

Hello

Wondered if anyone could possibly offer some advice,

The 320D ED comes with its own style 16 inch rims with non run flat super low resistance tyres etc, which are really great for fuel economy etc ... but lets face it they're kinda ugly.

I was wondering if there was anything stopping me from changing them to a 17 or 18 inch wheel instead, I know that some may say if defeats the purpose of the ED model but in fairness I didn't buy the car on the basis of its outright efficiency I chose it because it had lots of other nice toys and the power difference between the ED and the standard 320D is insignificant.

If I loose a few mpg I'm not too bothered, Im sure I can cope with running at 60Mpg instead of 65

If anyone knows of any issues changing wheels Id be interested to know so that I don't jump the gun and get wheels that I can't fit

Many thanks

Steve
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      06-28-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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I'm not aware of any issues. There was a multi-page ED thread going for a while and I'm sure this question came up. And am I right in saying the ED rides a little lower than a regular E90? Going to some nice 17s may suit it. Don't forget to factor in insurance though.
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      06-28-2012, 04:08 PM   #3
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I'm not aware of any issues. There was a multi-page ED thread going for a while and I'm sure this question came up. And am I right in saying the ED rides a little lower than a regular E90? Going to some nice 17s may suit it. Don't forget to factor in insurance though.
Hi,

Thanks for the reply, yes it does ride lower, apparently in a bid to reduce drag, I don't really want to much bigger then 17, I had an SE with the multi spoke alloys and I'd quite like to put some of those on it if they will fit

Would the insurance company need to know even if they are still BMW wheels that I fit?
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Would the insurance company need to know even if they are still BMW wheels that I fit?
Yes, or they could void your insurance if you have an accident. Your insurance company will take the view that any modifications that substantially increase the value of the car, make it look like a more expensive model, make it more it more desireable or stand out all warrant an increased premium.
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      07-12-2012, 02:09 AM   #5
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Hello

Wondered if anyone could possibly offer some advice,

The 320D ED comes with its own style 16 inch rims with non run flat super low resistance tyres etc, which are really great for fuel economy etc ... but lets face it they're kinda ugly.

I was wondering if there was anything stopping me from changing them to a 17 or 18 inch wheel instead, I know that some may say if defeats the purpose of the ED model but in fairness I didn't buy the car on the basis of its outright efficiency I chose it because it had lots of other nice toys and the power difference between the ED and the standard 320D is insignificant.

If I loose a few mpg I'm not too bothered, Im sure I can cope with running at 60Mpg instead of 65

If anyone knows of any issues changing wheels Id be interested to know so that I don't jump the gun and get wheels that I can't fit

Many thanks

Steve
Hi Steve are you referring to the f30 2012 ed version? Have you managed to fit any bigger wheels to the car? I have tried 397 alloys and they caused loads of vibration through the steering wheel so I took them off. Hoping that someone else fitted there's correctly.....
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      07-15-2012, 05:15 AM   #6
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Hi Steve are you referring to the f30 2012 ed version? Have you managed to fit any bigger wheels to the car? I have tried 397 alloys and they caused loads of vibration through the steering wheel so I took them off. Hoping that someone else fitted there's correctly.....
No Sorry, I have the E90 320D ED 2010 (60)

Since I can only find one person thats done it, I don't dare take the risk.
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Hi all first time poster.

Looking to trade up my VW polo for an E90 11 reg ED 320d.

Steve/anyone else manage to change their E90 ED 16" alloys succesfully in the end?

I have read instances where a person has changed it but experienced ride discomfort/shaking from motorway speeds.

Surely 17's shouldn't make too much difference.
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You can change the wheels all you like.

Vibrations are caused by bent or badly balanced wheels, nothing to do with your car being an "ED" model or otherwise.

Lower profile tyres can be a little harsher, but its really not a huge difference if you only go up one size, and if you ditch runflat tyres you'll probably find the 17's smoother than runflat 16's
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I wouldn't worry about insurance. E90s came with loads of different wheels as standard so as long as they look standard I highly doubt the insurance company would notice.
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