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      11-19-2012, 05:59 AM   #1
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Ordering a 335is today. Wheel question.

So I'm planning to order a 335is. Space gray on black interior. Additional CF performance rear deck lid spoiler. I'm very torn on the wheels. I'm certain I need snow tires. In this part of Michigan winter is probably mostly 20-40 degrees, freezing rain, some snow, probably rare to have a huge snowfall.

I'm torn between

1: taking the stock 18" 313 style wheels, slapping winter tires on them, using them Dec-March, and then getting 19" BBS CH-R possibly in black with performance summer tires and using them the other 8 months.

2: taking the option 19" 313 style wheels with performance tires and using them 8 months out of the year, and picking up 18" BBS CH's or used GT4 RE's and putting snow tires on them to use as winter wheels 4 months out of the year.

Which plan is better? Which wheel is better looking in 18 vs 19? Which wheel is more suited aesthetically for winter? What should I do?

And that being said if I go with say Blizzak LM60 RFT w/ sensors what size would be recommended for the standard 18" 313 or the BBS in the same 18" size and offset. I know they're 18x8 in front and 18.5 in rear and come from factory with performance tires sized 225/40 in front and 255/35 run flat in rear.

Your feedback is appreciated.
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      11-19-2012, 06:04 AM   #2
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It's a lease by the way so another thought occurred to me. Does it make more sense for me to use the stock wheels for winter as they may be more likely to get messed up with the salt and debris and whatnot of winter? I won't actually own those per se.
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      11-19-2012, 06:33 AM   #3
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I'd go with option #1. You want those wheels (BBS) you just spent 3k on to be on your car for 8 months rather than 4.
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I'd take the 19" 313s for April through October and get some cheap non-staggered 17" take-offs from a e9x with all-seasons. I think the 313s look incredible in 19" and just "meh" in 18". You can pick up as-new take offs for like $400 in the forums.
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      11-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #5
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Thnk you for your input so far. My thoughts were that the 313 looks more like a "summer wheel" but I'd rather put wheels I'm spending 3K on for the majority of the year. With respect to the 17 take-offs I really do prefer winter tires to all-seasons so I'm gonna be spending loot there anyways.

Option 1 would run me extra 1000$ for the snow tires (RFT in rear plus sensors, mounting, balancing) plus ~3500$ for the 19" BBS w/ performance tires unless I buy used (~2500$).

Option 2 would run me extra $1000 for the 19" option 313 wheels/tires and 3000$ for 18" BBS CH's or used GT4 RE or something similar and winter tires.

So cost wise they're similar.
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      11-19-2012, 08:10 AM   #7
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Throwing a curveball in there, I'm still thinking of doing a 335i xdrive coupe M sport in space gray, optioned the same as the 335is, but with the stock 17" wheels with all seasons... leaves me 3600$ under the 335is with 18" standard wheels. Use the 3600$ for black kidneys, painted reflectors and the 19" BBS wheels (black or titanium).

So basically all I gotta do is spend 1900$ on coilovers and wheels spacers and I'm done.

I've have to spend $4600+$1900 to get me to the same place with the 335is. Of course without the performance exhaust, 30 more HP, no 7 speed DCT and no black side mirrors.

It's too bad the car isn't available to test drive anywhere.
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      11-19-2012, 08:11 AM   #8
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I wouldn't run 19"s at all, I don't think the ride quality is worth the look. Not to mention you're more likely to bend the rims when you hit a pothole.

I'd go with the 313's in 18" for summer and some beater 17" wheels for winter. 18" wheels are awfully big for snow tires.

Also keep in mind that the 19" 313's go for $3800, so they are actually a more expensive wheel than BBS's.
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Just so you know, there isn't a big selection of 19" snow tires on Tire Rack, where as 18" snow tires are plenty.
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Yes of course. Plan on 18"
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The 313s have the str8 up bling factor.... Not having 19s on my 335is is like buying driving a Porsche with steel rims...😳
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i plan on getting 19" wheels for the spring summer fall in a aesthetic i am more drawn to than the 313. figured i could get away with the stock 18" wheels and turn them into winter wheels with blizzak LM60 225/40 all around
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The dealer begged me not to run non staggerred 225/40/18 tires on the 18x8 18x8.5 staggerred standard 313 wheel set claiming its unsafe and the tires in the rear will need to be overinflated and basically just scared me. I went with the 19" 313. Now I need a winter setup. But I don't want any of the oem 17s since I find them unattractive.
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