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Old 07-31-2010, 07:54 AM   #1
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Question 328ic csl wheels?

hey just got my bimmer this month and its got some dog s**t 17" wheels on it that you can in my pic. want to get it lookin tidy and liking the csl style alloys but ive seen them in 18" n 19". every pic of the 19" is on m3s n they look awesome is this because my car wont take the 19" rim. any advice would appreciated thanks in advance.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:18 AM   #2
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19" s are so giant on our cars, 18 is really enough. 19s leave no room for a tire (so the ride, driving dynamics, and stability are lost) and will make your brakes look puny.

i just got my 18" csl s installed on my car yesterday. i couldnt be more happy. take the link in my sig and check out some of the pictures for an idea
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:30 AM   #3
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You can have 19s on your car but you will need a drop to make it look nice.
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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yh seen ur pic andy and it does suit the 18s nice ride by the way and cheers for the feedback
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18s should be fine. I run 18s on my E39 and they look fine.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:40 PM   #6
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while i was under my car today i noticed how little sidewall the tires really have. i know tires and tire shapes vary, but i personally wouldnt go with any smaller tires. knowing the roads i drive on every day...

heres a pic i snaped of the front passanger tire. these are 18x8.5 with 225/40 goodyear eagle f1 asymetrics (and their so much better than generals)
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18's and 19's can work perfectly fine with your vehicle with the proper width wheel, offset, and tire sizes. We do both packages all day long without a problem.

I personally with many others run 19" wheels all year long without an issue. I have not lost any vehicle dynamics nor stability with this setup. I have actually gained more overall grip and stability during high speed cornering then stock setups since my upgraded wheel/tires are wider.

One thing that is questioned quite often is ride quality. I can personally say that upgrading from 16" OE wheels to 19" wheels did slightly decrease in softness during freeway interchanges due to the thinner side wall tires. Though the ride quality is a hair more firm then OEM, the ride quality is still very comfortable and predictable and not stiff like most say.

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19" s are so giant on our cars, 18 is really enough. 19s leave no room for a tire (so the ride, driving dynamics, and stability are lost) and will make your brakes look puny.

i just got my 18" csl s installed on my car yesterday. i couldnt be more happy. take the link in my sig and check out some of the pictures for an idea
I've also got a 2004 330ci (silver), I'm going to buy some staggered 18" wheels as soon as I can (looks like youre on staggered, correct me if I'm wrong) figure out the proper offset. So what offsets did you get?

Funny thing, our cars are the exact same, Facelifted '04 coupe, M3 spoiler, and all the other small pretties
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hey just got my bimmer this month and its got some dog s**t 17" wheels on it that you can in my pic. want to get it lookin tidy and liking the csl style alloys but ive seen them in 18" n 19". every pic of the 19" is on m3s n they look awesome is this because my car wont take the 19" rim. any advice would appreciated thanks in advance.
Either or will look great on your car! I think the 18's may provide a bit better and more comfortable fitments! I even have some pretty good suggestions for you as well! I'll send you a PM shortly

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I've also got a 2004 330ci (silver), I'm going to buy some staggered 18" wheels as soon as I can (looks like youre on staggered, correct me if I'm wrong) figure out the proper offset. So what offsets did you get?

Funny thing, our cars are the exact same, Facelifted '04 coupe, M3 spoiler, and all the other small pretties
VMR 18" fitments for E46 non-M's are usually 18x8.5 et40 and 18x9.5 et45

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