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Old 02-09-2013, 06:49 AM   #1
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Opinions on style 72 wheels?

I have style 68s on my 330ci now but have an opportunity to pickup some style 72s pretty cheap. I still can't decide which I like best. My car has sport package, so will going from a 17 to 18 make a big difference in performance and overall stance of the car? I plugged in the tire sizes I to a calculator and it looks like the overall diameter about a quarter inch more than the 17s. Any opinions would be great.

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Old 02-09-2013, 07:04 AM   #2
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:11 AM   #3
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Tough choice, but i'd opt for 18" wheels, so style 72.

I recently went threw a similar process. I aettled on new replica wheels to replace my style 68s. Style 68s are nice enough that swapping them is a hard decision.
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It shouldn't affect performance too much as the style 72s were an option for the 330ci. I would go for it they are definitely a different looking type of wheel.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:22 AM   #5
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Tough choice, but i'd opt for 18" wheels, so style 72.

I recently went threw a similar process. I aettled on new replica wheels to replace my style 68s. Style 68s are nice enough that swapping them is a hard decision.
I know what you mean. I like my style 68s but the have some blemishes and the tires need replaced. im just kinda nervous that the 18s will change the feel of my car.

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Old 02-09-2013, 07:25 AM   #6
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It shouldn't affect performance too much as the style 72s were an option for the 330ci. I would go for it they are definitely a different looking type of wheel.
Thanks. I will probably end up getting them if everything goes as planned. If I don't like them ill always have my style 68s to put back on.

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Old 02-09-2013, 07:50 AM   #7
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I just looked up tire prices and it looks like its about $200 more for a set for the 18s compared to 17s. :-\

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I know what you mean. I like my style 68s but the have some blemishes and the tires need replaced. im just kinda nervous that the 18s will change the feel of my car.

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That's exactly why I went with new wheels & tires
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:10 AM   #9
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Depends on what you want. If you are doing it more for aesthetics, the the 72 would look hot. I almost got a set.
The drawbacks would be: tire cost, timely cleaning, reductions in ride quality, and heavier wheels.

The 68's are one of the lightest wheels BMW made. 17's are still comfortable and have a good range of tire prices. The biggest things for me was the ride quality and the weight. These factors steered me towards getting 17's again, but lighter. BIG improvement in all areas with lighter wheels.

But, 72's do look good. As long as you can live with the tradeoffs.

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Well I picked up the wheels but have a slight problem. one has a slight bend that is causing air to leak. Can aluminum wheels be straightened?

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Yes, but it will cost about $150 for a wheel shop to repair. =/

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Ok that's not too bad. all the other wheels and tires are in good shape and I paid $400. Still not a deal I think

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Going from 17" to 18" won't have a big difference in performance but I think it will definitely help in the looks department!
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