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Old 02-22-2010, 02:50 AM   #1
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Thoughts on these "cheap" rims and correct offset?

I currently have the M68's on my 330i that were chrome plated. So in the last year or two the chrome has gotten really discolored on a couple of the wheels and I'm not sure if it was from brake dust from some crappy pads that I ran once (brake pad wear sensors went off on a trip to Vegas and I was scrambling to get resonably priced pads for a BMW on a Saturday and no performance pads in town that I could find) or from the car wash spraying on some cleaner trying to get the brake dust off... My caliper paint went to shlt at the same time and they are looking rusty now too (looking at repainting/rebuilding them when it gets warmer out).

But I digress...

I think I have found a killer deal for some wheels and tires using discounttiredirect.com. They are currently running a $50 online discount for wheel sets, with a $50 rebate for four tire purchase and a $50 rebate for four wheel purchase (if you apply for their credit card and are appoved - not a problem for me), free mount and balance, no disposal fees and no environmental fees, no 8.75% sales tax, and free shipping. Total (after rebates) delivered to my door would be $702 for the Drag DR-37 17" x 7.5 rims with the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 tires in 225/45-17. (Yes I like the inexpensive Hankook tires... gone through about 3 or 4 sets of the Ventus HRII H405 on my sedan and like them... ) Also I want to get away from the staggered set up to reduce costs and allow tire rotation.

Figuring even with a price match from the local discount tire on the rubber, with all the fees and taxes it will cost me about $517 just to have four new tires put on my M68's...

So for only about $185 more I can get four new wheels... Don't think I can pass this up... I have searched/googled and don't see alot of negatives about the Drag Wheels, just that they could bend a little easy (seem more opinion than experience), but hey, it wouldn't be like replacing a OZ Ultraleggera or a BBS RGR...

So what I need to know is will a 42mm offset on 7.5 wheels be OK for front and rear with the 225/40-17 tires? Can I run 245/40-17's all around in the future? My car has the Dinan Koni's and springs with UUC sways (handles great) so it about .5" - 1" lower than the standard sport suspension.

Yes I know these are "cheap" wheels, but as a Dad driving a 4 door sedan with two kids in the back and lots of other hobbies to consume my cash I don't need 19's... I'd rather buy more .40 ammo with the money I save on tires . I also keep looking at newer cars and think I just want a facelift on this one to keep me happy for another year or two... (I am thinking a 135i with a piggyback tuner for 380hp will do the trick when I don't need a car seat in the back any more).
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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7.5 +42 offset with 225/45/17 will work perfectly fine. As far as running 245 in the future, I would not recommend a 245 on 7.5" wheel. You would at least need a 8" wide wheel.

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