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Old 09-15-2005, 11:18 PM   #1
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Gary, questions for wheels and suspension

Gary, I have 1999 328i w/o sport package. I would like to upgrade both the wheels and suspension. I am not going to track or race the car. It is my daily driver. I would like to match the look and the ride performance of the 330i's sport package. I am going to upgrade to M68 wheels; 17x7.5 with 225/45 in the front and 17x8.5 with 245/40 in the rear. I am thinking to go with Dinan Stage 1 or Stage 2 upgrade. Can you recommend any other setup? If any one of you have this or similar setup, please give me your opinion. Thanks.
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Old 09-16-2005, 07:19 AM   #2
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Gary, I have 1999 328i w/o sport package. I would like to upgrade both the wheels and suspension. I am not going to track or race the car. It is my daily driver. I would like to match the look and the ride performance of the 330i's sport package. I am going to upgrade to M68 wheels; 17x7.5 with 225/45 in the front and 17x8.5 with 245/40 in the rear. I am thinking to go with Dinan Stage 1 or Stage 2 upgrade. Can you recommend any other setup? If any one of you have this or similar setup, please give me your opinion. Thanks.
Although I'm not familiar with Dinan products, a common setup to get you in the league of (or slightly beyond) the 330 sport suspension, I'd suggest looking into a setup with Koni sport adjustables and either H&R or Eibach springs for a good compromise between ride and handling.

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Old 09-16-2005, 08:55 AM   #3
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Gary, I have 1999 328i w/o sport package. I would like to upgrade both the wheels and suspension. I am not going to track or race the car. It is my daily driver. I would like to match the look and the ride performance of the 330i's sport package. I am going to upgrade to M68 wheels; 17x7.5 with 225/45 in the front and 17x8.5 with 245/40 in the rear. I am thinking to go with Dinan Stage 1 or Stage 2 upgrade. Can you recommend any other setup? If any one of you have this or similar setup, please give me your opinion. Thanks.
I really like my Dinan Stage 2 - a solid ride, that doesn't beat you or your car to death on the street, and is a nice improvement on the track as well. As you probably know, the shocks are Koni's, and I think the either H&R or Eibach make the Dinan springs and bars to Dinan's specs.

I'm also a fan of 17s over 18s or above, although 18s do look nice. You may also want to consider 17x8s with a 38 or 40 offset, and 235/40s all around. That's my track set up, and I think it looks really good as well - with that offset the rear tires actually sit out further in the rear wheel wells than the factory 17x8 1/2s with 245/40s - even the 225/45s on my wagon sit futher out in the rear wheel wells. The only problem you may run into is a lack of choices in that tire size.
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