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Old 12-06-2011, 01:26 AM   #21
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Looks really good. Any rubbing or anything like that? I think I will be going for the 19's instead. Its gonna be worth it.

Is my car at stock height ^?
No rubbing at all. Rears are 19x9.5 with a ET45 offset. I think yours is stock height.

My old set up was a ET33 offset and I rubbed like crazy... I could have kept them with a skinnier tire, but i'm not a fan of the stretched look. Love the way my 265's look! haha.

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:54 AM   #22
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i'm not crazy about the 19"s on non-m's.
they look too big IMO. they look good at that angle matt but whenever i see side views they look too big.
i think the reason they look so busy in that pic above is because they're the hyper black finish. silver always looks clean.
check out the first post on this page. post #721.
those are 18"s and look very nice.

also wheels ALWAYS look bigger with a drop. keep that in mind.
opinions differ though. choose whatever makes you happy.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:46 AM   #23
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http://forum.E46Fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=611556 try browsing in here or click the fs link in my sig, im on csl18s on oem sport suspension.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:16 PM   #24
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i'm not crazy about the 19"s on non-m's.
they look too big IMO. they look good at that angle matt but whenever i see side views they look too big.
i think the reason they look so busy in that pic above is because they're the hyper black finish. silver always looks clean.
check out the first post on this page. post #721.
those are 18"s and look very nice.

also wheels ALWAYS look bigger with a drop. keep that in mind.
opinions differ though. choose whatever makes you happy.
Thats the most important part!

For me the reason I chose 19's was partly because the 18's feel a little cramped. It is more noticeable that they are in fact an aftermarket wheels since original CSL's never came in 18's (therefore giving the crowded look). Then again where I live the roads aren't terrible, and my winter has consisted of lowest 60 degrees and sunny most of the time. So don't really need a winter set up. Many things to take into account when buying wheels.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:00 PM   #25
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Here's my 18" CSL reps (not VMR brand) on stock coupe/sport suspension. I'm going for the clean smooth look. As an aside, I'm actually am not a fan of 19's on a non-M E46.





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Old 12-06-2011, 05:24 PM   #26
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Here's my 18" CSL reps (not VMR brand) on stock coupe/sport suspension. I'm going for the clean smooth look. As an aside, I'm actually am not a fan of 19's on a non-M E46.

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Car looks good! How is the concavity on the rear wheels? Thats one reason I decided to get the wheels that I did. Pretty concave rears. Hear is a pick of my rear wheel concave.



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Old 12-06-2011, 08:38 PM   #27
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Vmr says the concavity on the 18s is the same on the 19s
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:26 PM   #28
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Vmr says the concavity on the 18s is the same on the 19s
I was just curious to see how ZZen330's concavity was since he doesn't have VMR's.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:31 PM   #29
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I was just curious to see how ZZen330's concavity was since he doesn't have VMR's.
I have a staggered set and the rears are definately more concave than the fronts. I do think the VMR's may be slightly more concave though, but mine still have pretty nice concavity as seen in these pics:



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Old 12-06-2011, 10:34 PM   #30
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I have a staggered set and the rears are definately more concave than the fronts. I do think the VMR's may be slightly more concave though, but mine still have pretty nice concavity as seen in these pics:
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:37 PM   #31
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Car looks good! How is the concavity on the rear wheels? Thats one reason I decided to get the wheels that I did. Pretty concave rears. Hear is a pick of my rear wheel concave.



Is that just me or did you already curb the sh1t out of those rims?

Lets hope its grease.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:45 PM   #32
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Is that just me or did you already curb the sh1t out of those rims?

Lets hope its grease.
Not really curbed that bad... tiny small section at the top. haha. Only wheel that has minor damage.

bought them locally so the guy who had them before curbed them a bit. Its very minimal and for the deal I got for them it was totally worth it. Might refinish it but its barely even noticeable.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:57 PM   #33
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On all this 18's vs 19's talk, make sure you look at the location of the person saying it. I wanted 19's for the longest time (and still think they look better). But if you notice, its (almost) always California people saying go 19's. Here in Northern Ohio the peace of mind of having 18's is completely worth any appearance drawbacks. Not sure how your roads are in Boise, but the difference in resistance to potholes between 18's and 19's is pretty drastic. Pretty significant difference in sidewall.

Oh, and I have 18" CSL's on stock sport suspension height (well with bilstein shocks, but I don't think that really lowers it much if at all, mostly springs that determine height)
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:00 AM   #34
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^ Your ride looks good.

In Boise our roads are very good actually. Almost no potholes anywhere I drive. Lots of road construction has been done so the roads are a lot better. Especially for my routes.

Off topic - What kind of suspension do you have and are those gunmetal or hyper silver? VB3's right?

Edit: Guys I am thinking about the V710's they look really good as well. Does anyone have pictures to some v710s in 18/19's on a white 46 (sedan preferred)?

Thanks! Great forum!

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Thanks. Yea, those are VB3's, hypersilver. Got them from modbargains. When I first got them, I wished I had gotten matte black or gunmetal, they just looked too chrome to me. But after having them on a while the chromeishness gets dulled down a bit and I've grown to really like the color.

I have bilstein sport shocks (bought used off these forums) paired with stock sport springs (also used off the forums). I really like this setup. Great handling yet not annoyingly rough. By now the bilsteins probably have close to 75k miles on them but still handle the same as when I got them. I think? they come with a lifetime warranty as well, not sure how that works. But I can't see needing to replace them anytime soon.

I think I'd like the look of a drop like you'd get with H&R springs but practically I don't think I'd like to go any lower. Even at stock height I still scrape my front bumper every now and then. And I've heard lowering springs can be pretty rough for daily driving.

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^ Your ride looks good.

In Boise our roads are very good actually. Almost no potholes anywhere I drive. Lots of road construction has been done so the roads are a lot better. Especially for my routes.

Off topic - What kind of suspension do you have and are those gunmetal or hyper silver? VB3's right?

Edit: Guys I am thinking about the V710's they look really good as well. Does anyone have pictures to some v710s in 18/19's on a white 46 (sedan preferred)?

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Thanks. Yea, those are VB3's, hypersilver. Got them from modbargains. When I first got them, I wished I had gotten matte black or gunmetal, they just looked too chrome to me. But after having them on a while the chromeishness gets dulled down a bit and I've grown to really like the color.

I have bilstein sport shocks (bought used off these forums) paired with stock sport springs (also used off the forums). I really like this setup. Great handling yet not annoyingly rough. By now the bilsteins probably have close to 75k miles on them but still handle the same as when I got them. I think? they come with a lifetime warranty as well, not sure how that works. But I can't see needing to replace them anytime soon.

I think I'd like the look of a drop like you'd get with H&R springs but practically I don't think I'd like to go any lower. Even at stock height I still scrape my front bumper every now and then. And I've heard lowering springs can be pretty rough for daily driving.
Thanks for all the info. I think I will do something very similar to what you have. *Might* get 19's though as we have really good roads here.

Is the ZHP sport suspension same as the other non-m sport suspensions? I am going to start looking around for this same setup if you know anyone with stock e46 sedan suspension. Will probably just get new Bilsteins. Did you get the HD's?
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Don't have pics as I just got them for Black Friday and waiting until spring to put them on, but got 18x8.5 ET35 Rotary Forged CSL's from Modbargains. I have a sedan on stock suspension. And for practicality purposes of winter driving, I really don't want to drop it. So hopefully it still looks good. Like thefrog1394, I may try to put on bilstein sport shocks and stock sport springs. Like the way his ride looks in his sig pics. We'll see though as my suspension is fine and don't wanna go and replace yet, since there are other projects I have in mind that take precedence.
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Thanks for all the info. I think I will do something very similar to what you have. *Might* get 19's though as we have really good roads here.

Is the ZHP sport suspension same as the other non-m sport suspensions? I am going to start looking around for this same setup if you know anyone with stock e46 sedan suspension. Will probably just get new Bilsteins. Did you get the HD's?
I believe the ZHP shocks are different? I'm don't remember. But now that I think about it I may have actually purchased ZHP springs? There are about a million different part numbers for springs on our cars, (different for sedan vs coupe vs vert, and maybe even depending what options are fitted).

I have the bilstien sports on my car not the HD's. From what I understand they are pretty much the same just the HD's have more travel. For sport suspension most people recommend the sports. Plus this allows you to upgrade to lowering springs in the future if you ever decide to go that route.
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Here's a pic from another angle:


Oh and a before pic just for fun:

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