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Old 08-25-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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What rims on my new E46?

Hi guys,

A few weeks ago I bought my first car, a BMW E46 316i. I'm very happy with it but there's always space for improvement! That's why I would like some other rims on my car. What rims would look nice? Alpina's, CSL's, M3 rims etc.

PS; Does anyone know the name of my current rims (BBS ?'s)?
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:09 PM   #2
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If those are real BBS RA 5, I would just keep those and change the suspension. I didn't know they made those in 5x120 so they must be redrilled or reps.
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:14 PM   #3
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Crazy, I just scored a set of the same wheels.
BBS RA 518 17 x 8.5 square set up et40
They are not re-drilled, jsut look up BBS RA 518 or 519
They are awesome and super rare. They were never sold in the us.
If you do a drop and some spacers it could look really great.
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:23 PM   #4
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Haha, insane wheel gap, looks like an american car. I like the wheels, lower the car atleast a few centimeters and you are good to go!

P.S. Don't be an idiot on the road. BMW drivers dont have the best image. Neuken in de keuken etc
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:39 PM   #5
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I think they look pretty good, i've only ever seen them on a VW
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:20 PM   #6
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Your wheels aren't bad.

The springs are. Why is thingie sitting so high? Did you forget to pay your gravity bill?

I like O.Z. wheels. They have class, are European made, they are light. Design-wise they know what they are doing and they look good on a wide range of cars so you are likely to be able to reuse later.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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OP please keep those wheels. Just get a Koni FSD pro kit and lower the car.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:36 PM   #8
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+1 on keep the wheels.
Looks very not bad!!!
A cup kit would set it off.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:28 AM   #9
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Hi guys,

I just checked on my current rims, and I think that they're original! What would these 17'' BBS RA rims cost (new and in current state)? PS: Currently hey got a lot of damage on them, I'm thinking about repairing and repainting them!

I bought this car a month ago (it's my first car). That's why it hasn't been lowered yet

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Old 09-01-2015, 08:40 AM   #10
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I've never seen them for sale for BMW fitment in the US.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:43 AM   #11
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Good decision to keep them.
Iv'e seen some sets selling used from $1,000 to $1,400.
You can find a few pictures and ads on google images
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:33 PM   #12
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If you decide to get a different set of wheels, get ones that are same/smaller in radius and lighter.

The E46 chassis is already too heavy for the N42 engines. Installing larger, heavier wheels will make the car feel all the more gutless.

There is a reason smaller engined cars tend to come with smaller rims.
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