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      03-24-2013, 01:24 AM   #1
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Buying rims is stressful

So I am in the market to buy wheels and tires for my 07 335i. I have looked at countless wheels and have tossed back ideas of running 18" or 19" and what offsets to run

I know I am getting extreme contact DW tires for sure, as for rims, I'm still on the fence. I love the AG 310 and 359. I also love the BBS LM-R but in the replica. Also love the te37 replica. But I'm not sure what to get.

I have a metallic green 335i which is a hard color to match silver with. I wanted a machined rim but the 310 doesn't come in that finish anymore. As for sizes I think I want to run a 18" due to MI roads and DD the car.

I want to run a 8.5 front and a 9.5 rear but if I could run a 10 rear without any rub at all I'd be happy. I also won't be lowering the car or rolling the fenders. Just want something simple yet eye catching. Wanted a lipped rim but 18s with a lip look off.

Buying rims is super stressful. I have about 1300 to play with on rims, tires I can get locally with TPMS sensors. Guess I figured I'd post to see if you guys know of any other rims that I may like that I missed.
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I don't think adding more wheels to the equation is a good idea.

It's not a life or death decision, go with the ones you like best. You can always sell/trade them later.
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I don't think adding more wheels to the equation is a good idea.

It's not a life or death decision, go with the ones you like best. You can always sell/trade them later.
But that can be a hassel and probably end up losing money...I feel his pain as i am on the hunt myself. My car has been sitting for the winter but spring is right around the corner.
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      03-24-2013, 11:08 AM   #4
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100% Agree!


Spent about 5 months stressing over everything you just described, tire brand, 18 / 19, tire width+profile / rim width, stagger / square, silver / gray... and that's not to mention the actual style! Must have browsed well over 10,000 images - every time I hit one I liked, it was $$$ per wheel way over my budget (d'oh). I even hosted a survey here to help me pick the colour (and actually took the votes into consideration!)

Even after thinking I had finally picked one, my finger hovered over the "pay" button for several hours as I still haggled with myself over Lip or 'Cave. Ridiculous.

Buddy, it's a stressful transaction - I almost wish I had just committed to taking the 12 (at one point it was 12) I liked, and thrown 3 darts blindfolded until 1 wheel gets best 2 out of 3.

Bottom line: I picked one, they are waiting for me to go pickup, still not 100% sure it was the "perfect" pick, but I'm sure I'll like them once they're on, at least well enough to enjoy them until I trade them for something else.

Good luck. We feel your pain.
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I just look for a car like my that I like the set up (wheels & All) that's NOT in my Town.. Lol and start from there..
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It took me about 6 months to decide what i want.I had many different possibilities ,but there was always problems either locating distributor around here, wrong specs, or discontinued etc. I finally got my wheels last summer, but now i'm sometimes thinking that i should have bought wheels with more aggressive specs and i didn't even bought the basic setup. Infact im adding 10mm rear spacer at spring.

You can easily use 18x10 at rear without problems if the offset isn't too low.
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Well I figured I would just run a normal non aggressive setup. I love 19s don't get me wrong they look super nice on cars, but the roads here in Lansing are getting worse by the day. Potholes and patched spots everywhere. Places on the pavement where it has bonded up and caused a massive bump in the road. It just kinda sucks so I think I'll go 18s.

I thought about this last night, that there is a local powder coater that can do my wheels if I don't like just basic silver. What sucks worse is I can't find another green 335i on google to see how rims look on my car. So I have to guess and just look at black.

I think I'll just run a non lip rim and just go with something aggressive looking, but I like the HHS lm-r replica with the gray spokes and silver lip.

So maybe it's down the the AG M359 and LMR replicas.
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why not talk with a vendor and have them walk you through all these questions and forget the headache?

When I saw the OEM M359 in black on M3's I knew I had to have them. When avant garde quickly came out with the replica with exact concavity and style it was a no brainer that was the wheel I wanted to go with. I was contacted by m0dbargains after I posted how much I loved the wheels. They walked me through everything and it was a great process.

In hindsight I wish I had been more assertive with an aggressive setup because my rear is still slightly tucked and could maybe be running a wider tire.

IMO with the dark green car, go with the 359 in silver and keep it clean and classy. Hit up some vendors like PYSPEED who sell the wheels. Do you have a current pic of your car? what other mods do you have?
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From those two i would pick AG359. LM-R's will look small, because the stepped lip.
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Ya I think I want to go with the m359 in a 18".









That's my car. As for mods, I have none. I just got the car back in January. So I'm kinda waiting for nice weather to mod. I'm going to do 5% tint all around, BMS DCI, and rims for now.
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18" AG359s won't look as nice as 19".

You will regret 18s the moment you put them on your car.
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well then how do 19'' AG wheels hold up to DD and kinda rough roads
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I think I just found the wheels I want. The Forgestar F14.

the 19s come in a 19x8.5 ET32 19x10 ET38



Those are so sexy in the gunmetal gray
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Definitely will look better in 19" and I've read the quality is pretty damn good. I've hit carved out sections of road with an inch or more of lip to it and some potholes and they're fine. I also have the conti extreme tires.

Just do your best to avoid the potholes. And in the winter you could put your stock wheels back on.
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Do it once, do it right. Just save and you'll get what you want. I'd say go with Volk or BBS wheels. Volk for track junkie or BBS for "ballin" look.
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I just found amazing rims. the f14 super deep concave wheels that a vendor is selling on here. wow these are sexy. will go a 19x8.5 and a 19x10.









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I can totally relate to your stress! I have just recently finished a rather exhaustive winter. First off I want to get my OEM set sold. Once that was finished, I was finally ready to pull the trigger. The things I thought about include size, offset specs, production quality, weight, reputation, finish amoungst other things. After recovering from Wheel Pornitise, I finally pulled the trigger and got Volk Performance ME's. These babies are fully forged, super light, have a great finish, will be very easy to keep clean(which is very important to me) and fit my e90!

I looked at the rep companies out there but in the end I didn't think it was really worth it going cheap on a not so cheap car when it comes to wheels. I looked at ADVAN, the new alloy HRE line, Forgestar, Apex, BBS and Volk.

Find the best local performance shop in your area and really listen to what their experience tells you. In the end, if you are a real driver and value your car, you will send the extra money and get the real deal when it comes to wheels. It does make a difference!

Here are a coupe of pics of the wheels I got. Will have them on the car in about a month. As for rubber, I went with Hancook V12's. The wheel specs are 8.5 et30 up front and 9.5 et25 in the back.

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Yep. Can feel your pain. Almost jumped at the AG 359's. $195 at discount tire. But pulled the plug on OEM 193m's. continental dw's. I think I got the last two rears because I was told they are on back order now!!
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18" AG359s won't look as nice as 19".

You will regret 18s the moment you put them on your car.
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I regret going 18's now I'm in the market for 19's

Definitely go 19's especially if you're not planning on dropping the car
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I regret going 18's now I'm in the market for 19's

Definitely go 19's especially if you're not planning on dropping the car
ok ill take your advice. im looking at those Forgestar f14s
Front: 19x8.5" ET35 (235/35)
Rear: 19x10" ET28 (265/30)

should be a nice fit right without any problems
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congrats you found the wheel you want now!!
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congrats you found the wheel you want now!!
do you carry those wheels?
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