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Old 07-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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17 or 18 arc-8, hyperblack or anthracite

Hi everyone,

I need new tires, my current 135s have curb rash from the previous owner, and I will probably track the car 1-2x per year so I decided this would be a good time for new wheels.

I'm stuck between 17s and 18s, and hyperblack or anthracite. I know its all personal preference I guess, but if someone has a picture or suggested that would be great. I can't find a picture of 17s on a ZHP SEDAN in silvergrey. Here is a picture of my car.




Wheels: Hyperblack


Anthracite:
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:48 AM   #2
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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anthracites on a silvergrey e92 coupe

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Old 07-27-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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I had the same dilemma for quite a while between 17 and 18. Decided to go the route of 17x9 square in hyperblack and could not be more happy!

I do not miss the 18" diameter of the stock zhp wheels as far as look. These look more aggressive and fill it out nicely.

Car is not the same color but you get the idea...
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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thats awesome, i have been looking for a zhp sedan with those wheels. Do you have any other photos? Are you running aftermarket suspension?
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:13 AM   #6
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thats awesome, i have been looking for a zhp sedan with those wheels. Do you have any other photos? Are you running aftermarket suspension?
Yeah I am running the H&R Cup Kit. Here's a couple more pics from a few months back...
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:54 PM   #7
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Had that style before on a Japanese car I bought. maybe not that size but that design.

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anthracites on a silvergrey e92 coupe

What tires are you running?!
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:43 AM   #9
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Still can't decide between hyperblack and anthracite, and 17 or 18. Although i'm heavily leaning towards 17s because of the price difference which is huge... Almost a $400 difference in tires.. $600 RS3s vs $1000 RS3s
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:46 AM   #11
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I had the same dilemma for quite a while between 17 and 18. Decided to go the route of 17x9 square in hyperblack and could not be more happy!

I do not miss the 18" diameter of the stock zhp wheels as far as look. These look more aggressive and fill it out nicely.

Car is not the same color but you get the idea...
I went 17x9 as well but in hypersilver. I love the setup, couldn't be happier.

245/40/17 Conti DWS all around

Going with 17s:
You save on Wheel cost (~$30 or 40/wheel)
You save on Tire cost (~$400 as you said above)
You save on Weight (FYI, style 135 (zhp) wheels weigh 28lbs, Apex Arc8 (17x9) weigh ~17 lbs - you do the math)
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #12
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Thanks Jdn, I think i'm now set on 17x9. Too many benefits of 17 versus 18. Certain pictures like these one make me want anthracite, but part of me thinks it'll be too much. Hyperblack is more in my comfort level lol



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In my opinion it's really between hyperblack or hypersilver. But in the end you can't go wrong with either!
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #14
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I think the setup on thecarguy is spot-on.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:18 PM   #15
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hyperblack seems to look good on titanium silver e46s, but still haven't made up my mind as far as silvergrey



Those are 18s though btw
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i just cant seem to make up my mind...now i'm leaning towards hypersilver

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:02 AM   #18
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Can someone make this decision for me? Or photoshop each on a silver grey sedan
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+1 Hypersilver. Will match your car better imo.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:09 AM   #20
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and...back to thinking of hyperblack...granted this is a picture of 18s and i would get 17s

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