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Old 01-12-2015, 07:16 PM   #21
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I honestly don't understand why people like the style 68s. They're probably the ugliest E46 rims. Contrary to general opinions for rims larger than 18" the ride isn't that bad. You notice slower acceleration and harder braking more than anything else.

You must be young and more interested in trying to look "sweet" rather than having a classy looking car. The ride of 19" wheels on a non M is awful and makes a slow car even slower, also looks extremely goofy and out of place. Clown ghetto car comes to mind. 17" and 18" are the best choice while 17" will give the best performance and still look great.
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:14 PM   #22
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Did you have to use spacers due to the offset?
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:20 PM   #23
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Did you have to use spacers due to the offset?
Who? Me?

If me, no I did not have to use spacers.
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:26 PM   #24
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Who? Me?

If me, no I did not have to use spacers.
How is the clearance? I've always wondered about e90 rims on an e46. Also, are you running a staggered setup?
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:53 PM   #25
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Yes, they are staggered. 8x18 with 225/40R 18 front and 8.5x18 with 255/35R 18 rear. There have been no clearance issues, but the fronts are really at the edge of fender line.
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:54 PM   #26
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You must be young and more interested in trying to look "sweet" rather than having a classy looking car. The ride of 19" wheels on a non M is awful and makes a slow car even slower, also looks extremely goofy and out of place. Clown ghetto car comes to mind. 17" and 18" are the best choice while 17" will give the best performance and still look great.
Have you even been in a non-M on 19s? It's not bad at all. Coilovers make the ride a lot rougher than 19s will

I have my 17s on right now and I don't feel like they fill the fender arches quite right and If it's already a slow car and you're not tracking it, who cares if it is slightly slower. Kind of moot.

I don't understand your point about trying to look "sweet" vs a classy looking car. When I put my style 95s on instead of my 20s will that be "sweet" or classy? OEM is nothing but class right?
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Have you even been in a non-M on 19s? It's not bad at all. Coilovers make the ride a lot rougher than 19s will



I have my 17s on right now and I don't feel like they fill the fender arches quite right and If it's already a slow car and you're not tracking it, who cares if it is slightly slower. Kind of moot.



I don't understand your point about trying to look "sweet" vs a classy looking car. When I put my style 95s on instead of my 20s will that be "sweet" or classy? OEM is nothing but class right?

I've had plenty of ridiculously modded e46s come thru my stores over the years. Lots of 19" and even 20" wheels, which 20s are just laughable. If you think that 20" wheels fit and look good on a non M e46 then you and I are just far too different to even begin to discuss what is classy.
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:02 PM   #28
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buddy of mine has 20's on his merc, bent them within a month on the roads here... trying to talk him into 18s but he's all about that tucked rim look on bags. I love my 18s with coil overs... still stiff but "comfortable" enough on the road.
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Having had 19s on my 323i and currently running 18s on my 325ci, I have to say I like the ride quality slightly more on the 18s, but I still somewhat miss how my 19s look. Are they a bit more a headache due to increase likelihood of bending and ride quality? Sure. But that's just part of looks vs. performance and each person's preferences. Getting older, I definitely appreciate ride quality more, especially if I have passengers.

Nonetheless, go with what you like OP. It's your vehicle. There are plenty of pics of people here on what you're looking for so you'll have a pretty good idea of how it'll work on your car.
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