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Old 05-15-2014, 10:20 PM   #1
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Question Want to get 16" rims that are more attractive to replace OE (is this dumb?)

I have a 2002 325i with the plain jane grandma OE 7 spoke wheels, these ones (can't remember the style number):



I'd like to get some more attractive looking wheels but don't really want to get huge ones like 18" or 19".... IMO they look really dumb on a 325i. I like my car to have a cleaner, classic look and don't want to look like some Armenian mafia 17 year old ricing the sh** out of his car on my way to sell some weed. I don't need more police attention or stereotypes either if I get pulled over since I drive like I'm from New Jersey in Seattle (people drive like senile grandmas here and speed limits are set for bicycles). Say what you like but most people associate riced out wheels with stuff I don't want to be associated with. My car's relatively inconspicuous look means I don't stand out too much but can still drive how I want.

I know a little about larger rims having more unsprung weight and less damping, but being stiffer. I don't want to drive around feeling every single bump in Seattle's horrendous roads but more responsiveness would be nice. Another advantage of getting 16" aftermarket wheels is I can keep my tires. I have 4 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3s on there, the V-rated ones and they're fantastic + cost a decent amount.

It seems like absolutely nobody replaces their OE 16" wheels with aftermarket 16" wheels that are more attractive. I'm wondering if there is a reason. Is this a really stupid idea?

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Old 05-15-2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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I was also kinda interested in 17" wheels, but imo 18" and 19" start to look pretty dumb on this car.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:37 PM   #3
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Want to get 16" rims that are more attractive to replace OE (is this dumb?)

If I was in your position I would get these if I wanted 17's - http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/68

Or if you would like to move up to 18's - http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/135
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:38 PM   #4
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If I was in your position I would get these if I wanted 17's - http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/68
Are 16"s out of the question? I see places like Tire Rack don't even sell 16s, but I wonder if I was missing out on some really obvious reason etc. Seems like people just want bigger wheeels...
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17's have way better tire selection than the 16's
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:42 PM   #6
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If I was in your position I would get these if I wanted 17's - http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/68

Or if you would like to move up to 18's - http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/135
First ones not really my style. My ideal is the CSL style like VMR makes, these:



Pretty sure minimum size for those is 18"s. I realize I'm gonna have to compromise here. The second ones you posted are definitely nicer

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Hmmm I'm really not sure about which will come in 16. You could probably find replicas of any style on ebay.
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Hmmm I'm really not sure about which will come in 16. You could probably find replicas of any style on ebay.
Seems legit? I guess time to do some research.
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Here! http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325...lloys/16_inch/
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Wow. And they're the exact same price as my shitty originals! Why couldn't my car just come with those from the factory... IMO the ones I have are as boring as you can get.

Edit: now I can see why people buy larger rims. These look a bit silly on a 3 series in 16" and looks like they come from an older 5series:


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I'm not sure haha. The good thing about 16's is that it's super cheap to get new tires.
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Yeah I prefer 17's on a sport suspension, although 18's are perfectly acceptable.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:11 PM   #13
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OP,

something else to consider when doing your research,....wheel weight. Stock BMW & cheap replica wheels are Heavy. If you can find wheels that you like that weigh less than 18lbs, you'll "feel" a more nimble & faster accelerating car.


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OP, this is what I'm talking about, I run the D-Force LTW-5 wheels which come in four (4) different finishes. The 17 x 8 wheels weigh in at 15.5lbs, that's something you can really feel, not to mention excellent Resale value.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...ce-wheels.aspx


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Damn, that looks good!!!!
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OP, this is what I'm talking about, I run the D-Force LTW-5 wheels which come in four (4) different finishes. The 17 x 8 wheels weigh in at 15.5lbs, that's something you can really feel, not to mention excellent Resale value.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...ce-wheels.aspx


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Seems like these are also very popular.
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17" M Contour from M3 E36 is pretty cool on E46, but I know many don't agree


I'm running two sets on my 323Ci, here the 7,5 & 8,5" wide M Contour IIs:


And here the 7" wide winter wheel variant:


My tip is to look further or beyond E46 regarding OE wheels There are some E90-series wheels that probably would look pretty good on E46.

Like 17" Styling 194:
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45's are the worst!!! I've had a set for sale for about 2 years with almost new Michelin Pilots for down to $150 and still no takers.One Craigslist reply I got asked if I could dismount the rims for him prior to purchase just the tires. when the Craigs List society refuses basically free rims with purchase of tires, ya know they're hideous.
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This x1000. As someone who sells tires for a living (the sig is a bit misleading), stepping up to a 17" will open a whole new world of smile-inducing grippy tires
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