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Old 04-10-2013, 09:00 PM   #21
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I'm not sure how any of you can classify 19" wheels as 'performance' wheels for a non-m e46.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #22
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Isn't BBS the OEM for BMW performance wheels??
I dunno, most likely.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:18 PM   #23
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I'm not sure how any of you can classify 19" wheels as 'performance' wheels for a non-m e46.
I just noticed the smallest the zx3's go are 20inch, dang. I want 18's, any larger on the e46 and they look stupid.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:20 PM   #24
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Kosei K1 Racing. Lightweight, cost effective and pretty good looking as far as I'm concerned.



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Old 04-10-2013, 09:22 PM   #25
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I kinda like the wheels on SolidJake's e46.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:36 PM   #26
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K1s, LTW-5s (cough), anything BBS. The VMW/Linea Corsa/Apex knock-off wheels are good-looking, but I don't know if I'd call them performance wheels.

I guess I can't say much, the D-Forces are 5zigen knockoffs.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:39 PM   #27
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:55 PM   #28
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I kinda like the wheels on SolidJake's e46.
They're heavy as hell though, about 23-24 pounds each. I might get some Apex wheels to shed 5+ pounds on each corner.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:24 PM   #29
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:41 PM   #31
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:52 PM   #32
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Looking at these !
Whoa HRE's.... performance wheels alright but about the price of a kidney on the black market. Try checking out Vossen wheels, kinda similar looks and cheaper too.

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Old 04-10-2013, 11:59 PM   #33
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ZHP's (M135's) are heavy as hell....hardly a performance wheel.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:21 AM   #34
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Those show smallest size available is 20". You will regret 20" trust me. My friend has some extremely nice 20" on his E90. They look so sexy but you literally have to slow down for any and all bumps on the highway. He bent one slightly just going over a bridge lip too fast. Also, they ride harsh and you need run flats, otherwise any flat will immediately destroy your wheel.
Hell yeah HRE's. If you spend the $$, go Vintage Series. 501's come in 18-20





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Old 04-11-2013, 05:03 AM   #35
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Kosei K1 Racing. Lightweight, cost effective and pretty good looking as far as I'm concerned.



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I bought a set of these. 14.6lbs each. It makes a very noticeable difference in acceleration, and it is a lot less stress on suspension components.
When you say "Performance" wheels, this is what should come to mind, not some 35lb hunk of metal that will slow you down.
I would love to have a set of BBS LM's, but that is just too much money. I got a set of 4 of these for $550. Tire Rack was having a close out on the 8in wide version, so I got 8's for the front, and 8.5's for the rear. The 8's were selling for $70 each, when I stumbled on them. They were out of stock the next day, before I could even post something about the deal.
There were a few mentions of broken wheels on the Internet for these, but they were all caused by either extreme Auto-x, which I don't plan on doing, or gigantic pot holes, which I hope to avoid. But for just $550, it is worth the risk.
I took mine, and had 3 coats of clear powdercoat added to them, so I can wet sand any dings out of them. When they were done, they had one of the most durable finishes I have ever seen on a wheel. I added some paint sealant, and so far, nothing seems to stick to them.
I can't tell you how much difference a set of ultralight wheels makes to the performance. It has turned out to be the best power upgrade I could have made (I realize it does not increase the power, but it makes better use of the power you have). I don't care if anyone likes the look of these. I just tell them to try driving a car with a 9-10lb weight reduction PER WHEEL. It changes everything. I am still on my original stock sport suspension with 128k miles on it, but even it feels better, which I did not think was possible.
I can't imagine what it will feel like when I get my set of 4 Koni's, H&R Sports, TMS sways, TMS Strut Tower reinforcement plates(modified to be 3/16in thick in the center flat portion), Meyle HD control arms and FCAB's, M3 RTAB's with limiters, M3 motor and trans mounts, Meyle HD front and rear sway bar links, and Rogue Engineering rear shock mounts (that I modified with a 3/16in thick reinforcement plate) installed, which should improve the handling dramatically.
I had the H&R springs and the TMS sways powdercoated the same red color, since there were just too many colors going on under there.
All of these parts (and more) are sitting in boxes, ready to go. I just need to get well enough to get all of this installed.
But, I can't say enough about how much better the car accelerates, corners, and brakes with lightweight wheels. I think the wheels look pretty good, but behind the wheel, I would not care if they looked like steel take-offs with missing hub caps, considering how much better they feel on the car. You would swear that it had a 30hp gain, if you compared it to the original factory Style 68's.
I looked at all sorts of wheels before deciding on these. The closeout price was what made me pull the trigger. I love the look of the wheels the OP posted, as well as a lot of others. I love the look of a set of BBS LM's, or even some of the nicer LM style wheels. There are a ton of great looking wheels available. But I could not justify the extra weight.
So, I was planning on going with the Apex wheels, until I found this deal. The Apex wheels are the best compromise between looks and weight. I came to the conclusion that I would rather have Go than Show. You can have both, but you will pay a fortune to do so. Everyone has different priorities, but in the end, I just did not want to have awesome looking wheels that slowed me down. I realize that I am in the minority when it comes to this, but once I am on the road, I know I made the right choice.

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Old 04-11-2013, 05:56 AM   #36
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:01 PM   #37
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You can NEVER go wrong with Works.
VSXX's (especially coated in white) are one of the sexiest wheels I've ever seen
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:37 AM   #38
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You can NEVER go wrong with Works.
VSXX's (especially coated in white) are one of the sexiest wheels I've ever seen
I definitely like them, but what's the weight per wheel? I do want a lighter wheel..but as far as that goes, you can't get the best of both worlds in a performance wheel, so I have to pick between a heavy but attractive wheel vs a light weight track wheel that isn't too good looking, ha.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:44 AM   #39
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