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      08-03-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Quality set of 18''s

I am looking to replace the 287s on my 2009 335i sedan. My criteria for choosing a wheel are:

1) Must be no worse than stock (finish, durability, weight)
2) Must be relatively stock looking, just more aggressive
3) Must cost less than $2500 with tires

I am leaning towards 18"s as opposed to 19"s because I am worried that the larger wheel may look a bit cartoonish and be more likely to be damaged (although my roads aren't too bad).

Strictly looking at my criteria it looks like the only thing that fits the bill are the new Apex EC-7. This looks like a good wheel with good styling, but it doesn't really excite me.



I like the Miro 111 as well but have concerns about the weight and durability:

[IMG]http://www.**********s.com/images/Products/Miro/mini-mini-111H.jpg[/IMG]



Is there another wheel that I should be considering? Am I doing myself a disservice by ruling out 19"s? Are there light(ish) weight, durable 19"s that might fit my budget?

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Apex + the fact that they are 18"s will keep the weight down for sure, but excite you they will not...Like just about any 18" wheel. 18"s do not look good at all imho (On the e9x platforms, anyway), no matter the wheel, but are the most functional btw 18" vs 19".

Plus, you want an OEM look but arent excited by the OEM mesh type look? (which is what the Apex are) You need to figure that out first.

I would go with 19"s hands down. You will gain a small amount of weight, but looks will make up for it and then some. Your best bet is one of the many CSL replicas or Forgestar F14's. All can be had with tires for less than or right at $2500.
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Have you taken a look at the Forgestar F14? They can be had in custom offsets in the $1400 range and are a subtle design plus strong and lightweight.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...50&postcount=1

I'm in the same boat and was looking at the Apex Arc-8 because of the lightweight nature but they don't make 18x9's in a favorable offset. The EC-7's are, but they don't toot my horn.
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....Plus, you want an OEM look but arent excited by the OEM mesh type look? (which is what the Apex are) You need to figure that out first.

I would go with 19"s hands down. You will gain a small amount of weight, but looks will make up for it and then some. Your best bet is one of the many CSL replicas or Forgestar F14's. All can be had with tires for less than or right at $2500.
I appreciate your input. I want the wheels to be close to stock but slightly more aggressive looking - it's hard to explain (i.e. the average joe would think they look good, just not aftermarket).

The Alufelgen SF-71 is probably my favorite CSL "rep" and seems to be good quality.
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Thank you for the suggestions. I'm not very familiar with VMR wheels. Are the equal to our better than oem wheels as far as finish and durability? What about weight?
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Have you taken a look at the Forgestar F14? They can be had in custom offsets in the $1400 range and are a subtle design plus strong and lightweight.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...50&postcount=1
Nice looking wheel but there appears to be minimal concavity (or are my eyes playing tricks on me).
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Check out BBS CH. with a budget of 2500 you have a wealth of wheel and tire choices.

As for 18 v 19, I fall into the 18 camp. 19s can work for some styles, but my local roads will eat 19s with the short sidewall they would need.
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Nice looking wheel but there appears to be minimal concavity (or are my eyes playing tricks on me).
They can get concave depending on offset and width:

http://www.**********s.com/images/Pr.../F14_19_52.htm
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i went with the ec-7's because my criteria was pretty close to yours. i think 19's are too big for the e9x chassis and they would punish me on my local roads. in addition to oem looks i wanted close to oem fitment with just a touch more aggressiveness. the ec-7's offered plenty to choose from. i agree that the looks aren;t spectacular but they're not too shabby either being a bbs m3 gt4 rip.

forgestar cf-10 look good to me. i also like the vmr 710 and the alufelgen cs7. you also may look into getting another rare oem set and then having them re-finished with a charcoal clear tint or something.

whoops - cf-10 are 19/20 only.

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701's could be a good OEM+ kind of look. and you'll easily stay below your 2500 mark. Or you could look into a set of Adavn RS
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701's could be a good OEM+ kind of look. and you'll easily stay below your 2500 mark. Or you could look into a set of Adavn RS
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I have a set of MSR 045's on the way, got them dirt cheap. Not expecting them to be perfect (nor is my 95000 mile 06) but I'm excited about the look and the deal I got. I'll post photos once I get them on
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What about M3 wheels?



Pretty concave and fills the wheel wells



Plus, they're 18s...
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m3 as posted above is also a good idea, have u looked at anything used?
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I'm trying to stay away from gravity cast wheels as (at least from what I have read) they are inferior to the stock wheels.

The M3 wheels are "OK" but not quite what I like. I have not looked at anything used - is there a higher quality wheel that would fall down into my price range if purchases used?

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Spend a little more and get some quality CCWs:
http://www.ccwheel.com/wheels.php
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Spend a little more and get some quality CCWs:
http://www.ccwheel.com/wheels.php
I had not seen those before. The C140 is nice looking but they are pretty pricey and not quite right for my style.


Keep the recommendations coming - I seem to have overlooked quite a few manufacturers!
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I had not seen those before. The C140 is nice looking but they are pretty pricey and not quite right for my style.


Keep the recommendations coming - I seem to have overlooked quite a few manufacturers!

OEM Style 313 18"
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OEM Style 313 18"
That not "stock+" that is "stock"!

They are actually nice looking....
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That not "stock+" that is "stock"!

They are actually nice looking....
Then check out 269 and 225...or even 313 in 19". 18 would give you better performance than 19". If looks are more important then go w/19". Other option is BBS wheels.

I would stay away from cheap aftermarket wheels if you don't want to have bent rims and paint peeling off after 3mo.

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