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Get the 18's! (archive)

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Posted by Pete Dale on January 05, 1999 at 10:56:35:

In Reply to: Advantages/Disadvantages of 18" Wheels posted by David S. on January 05, 1999 at 08:54:32:

I have exactly the set up you are considering. I LOVE the 18's. I went with the BMW Wheels OEM'ed by BBS (Style 42's I think?), and they look awesome. I went with 8" wide wheels in the front with 235 tires, and 9" wheels on the rear with 265's. It gives the car the meaty look it was meant to have. I also have the full AC Schnitzer body kit, which also looks great. I have JPEGs on another computer, but don't have them with me. Anyone who wants to see a pic, please e-mail me and I will send you one.

I do not feel there is any ride comfort compromise with this 18" Wheel configuration. It still is an excellent balance between performance and luxury and feels more confident under aggressive driving, while not being too harsh over rough pavement.

I also use the 17" stock wheels for winter wheels with the Pirelli 210A's. Works great in the snow, but looks kinda wimpy after being used to the 18's. I can't wait till spring to get the cool wheels back on!

: I was wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of getting 18" wheels for my 1999 540iA (sport package) for summer driving. The 17" wheels that came with the car are fine, but I've put winter rubber on them (Pirelli Winter A210's) and I'd prefer to use my current 17" wheels for winter only.

: What have people experienced in terms of the practical differences between 17" and 18" wheels on the street? If I'd go with the 18" setup, I'd probably use the slightly larger width wheel/tire combo in the rear (8" X 18" up front and 9" X 18" in the rear).

: Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

: David S.

: 1999 540iA (sport package)
: Aspen Silver/Black

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