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Old 05-31-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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What to do with my bent wheels?

Alright guys, as some of you know I hit a crater that was built by the city 5 min from getting home after my 6k mile road trip and it bent my two left wheels and destroyed both tires. I can fix both wheels for about $200 max, then I'll need two used tires ~$100-120. Or I can sell my wheels (5 of them, 3 8x18 and 2 8.5x18) and buy my friends old 17's with 70% thread tires. See pics below of the 17's. I will probably get spacers eventually.

Keep in mind the roads in NYC are getting worse now. I made it about a year and a half on my 18's before this incident. The ride is smoother on the 17's and the tires are all 225 all around so I can rotate and get tires a lot easier.








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Old 05-31-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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JY they sell decently for scrap, or you could get them fixed... But with the crap roads around here i stick to 17's
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:12 PM   #3
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What to do with my bent wheels?

Personally I wouldn't invest any more into the 18's. get 17's that you like, don't settle, and don't look back.


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Old 05-31-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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Keep in mind the roads in NYC are getting worse now.
I'd go with 15s or 16s. 15s look silly on an E46, I know, but there's a lot more cushion between the wheel and the edge of the pothole. All kidding aside, stick with the 17s.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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Once the metal is bent, it's bent. You can get them fixed, but if you take a hit in the same spot again, they'll be prone to bending there. I think the 18's look better, but they're obviously more prone to damage. The 17's will be safer, but even a 17" wheel on NY roads gets banged up pretty well over time.

I'd go with what you like the look and/or feel of best.

Man, NYC roads suck. I bought my car in PA. I drove through the city on the way home to CT the day I picked the car up. I slammed some insane expansion joint that was completely unavoidable. It destroyed one of my sway bar end links and bent the wheel. I didn't even get the car in my driveway and I had repairs to make.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:34 PM   #6
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I'd go with 15s or 16s. 15s look silly on an E46, I know, but there's a lot more cushion between the wheel and the edge of the pothole. All kidding aside, stick with the 17s.
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I will probably have to opt for the 17's. There really are no good OEM 17's that will probably look good on my car. The ones I have on now are extremely easy to clean at least and it will cost me $300 or so for all four.
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I will probably have to opt for the 17's. There really are no good OEM 17's that will probably look good on my car. The ones I have on now are extremely easy to clean at least and it will cost me $300 or so for all four.
I LOVE MY STYLE 32's! they are staggered 17's

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Old 05-31-2013, 08:37 PM   #10
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Lol, sell the 5th wheel and get the wheels fixed. I wouldn't be able to bear riding around with those 17's around. Yea, the roads are bad, but that hasn't stopped mankind from building completely amazing machines that are probably much more sensitive than your E46. Keep the 18's, take the pay cut, and don't look back. That should have been a sunk cost of your little adventure.
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Here's a five-spoke 17 that I like (I have them on my car). Can't remember what Style # they are, but they might do the job.

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I will probably have to opt for the 17's. There really are no good OEM 17's that will probably look good on my car. The ones I have on now are extremely easy to clean at least and it will cost me $300 or so for all four.
Style 68's would look good on it, IMO.

Have you thought about some E36 M3 wheels, if you want OEM 17's? There are a number of different types. Maybe some LTW's. Just another idea to throw out there.
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Here's a five-spoke 17 that I like (I have them on my car). Can't remember what Style # they are, but they might do the job.

These would look great!! Used to run them on my car and loved the look. I miss having a comfortable ride
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Ehh My honest opinion is I think those 17's aren't appealing at all I would get your 18's fixed or get style 42 wheels! Or style 32 I believe will look the most aggressive 17 inch wheel,or even the wheels above aren't a bad choice either
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I liked my ASA AR1's as well nice cheap wheel
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Some wheels don't look great on certain E46's. I love the 18's you had on the car before. Those 17's don't look right with the MTech II bumper but I have seen them on sport package 325's and they look fine. Honestly I would keep the 18's if that was the other choice I had.
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Style 68's would look good on it, IMO.

Have you thought about some E36 M3 wheels, if you want OEM 17's? There are a number of different types. Maybe some LTW's. Just another idea to throw out there.
I already suggested style 68s but he shot the idea down. I understand as they are a fairly common wheel and they probably won't flow correctly with his front lip/splitter thing.

E36 wheels actually crossed my mind a few times in the past until I saw a ZHP on LTWs and it looked incredibly dated and mismatched.

Jake, have you considered E90 Style 157s?
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look for tires that rap/protect rim and stay with 18"s
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