Posted by Rod... on September 22, 1998 at 00:34:20:
In Reply to: E34 tire & wheel options. What would you do? posted by Rob on September 21, 1998 at 22:09:49:
: As I posted further down on the board, I'm buying new tires for my '94 525i. I'm looking for feedback regarding 3 alternatives I can choose from.
: 1) 205/65-15s on my existing wheels. ~$275.00
: 2) 225/55-16s on a nice set of used 16*8 BMW rims. ~$1000.00
: 3) 235/45-17s on new aftermarket 17*8 rims. ~1400.00
: I'm leaning towards #2. I like the idea of improving the handling a bit, while keeping the subtle "from-the-factory" look by using BMW wheels. That the used BMW wheels cost quite a bit less than the new aftermarket wheels is a nice plus.
Ya! the cost of the 17's can be more than the 16's.
Ya! the 17's don't get the tire milage of the 16's
Ya! the tire profile on the 16's protect the alloys better than the 17's.
Ya! the 17's ride a little rougher than the 16's.
But, there are no 16's that perform like the 17's
I wouldn't take the 17's off my E34, M5 for nothing.
I just installed a set of 255/45ZR18's w/9x18 alloys on my 740 and they transformed the 740 into a much better preformer with almost no loss in ride quality over the 235/60R16's on 8x16 alloy wheels. The E38 has monster tires and the 235/60's would make the steering wheel shimmy on some bumps and the 255/45's are smoother over those bumps yet a little tighter overall but not at all objectionable.
Try riding and/or driving a E34 with the 17in. wheel upgrade and unless you live in Pothole City I would bet you'll buy them. I would also think you will be able to obtain a set of 8x17's with 235/45ZR17 take-offs from an E34, M5 for a reasonable price if you shop around. I picked up 5 with new MXX2 tires for $1200 a couple of years ago. Just don't go cheep on the tires and alloys. The tires and wheels are the foundation of the suspension!!!