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18" Ugly on Non-Sport 528i ? (archive)

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Posted by Tommy on January 05, 1999 at 18:22:00:

In Reply to: Re: Or 19", 20" posted by Marco on January 05, 1999 at 15:23:37:


I was thinking of upgrading the stock 16" wheels I currently have to 18" Hamaan Wheels (Like the ones the HM5 has ;)) Will they really look ugly since I dont have the sport package? I don't want my precious baby looking like a truck now.

: Actually, in my experience, the 18" with the "non-sport" suspension set-up, it's going to make
: the gap very visible; like it's a truck.
: However, with a lower suspension set-up with H&R spring it'll look mighty nice.
: Ride will not be comfortable, though.

: ///Marco

: : Compared to the stock E39 528 shod with small 15" wheels, I would have thought that 18" wheels fill up the wheel well quite nicely.

: : What would I be gaining by going to 19" or 20"? Just looks? Would any disadvantages start kicking in at that point?

: : David S.

: : : 19" or 20" rims also fit on the new 5series. While 20's would be a extreme fit I'm sure that it could be made to work. Since you already have a set of tires and rims for winter why not go for the 19" set up? YOu can have larger tires and they will fill up the wheel well even better than the 18's.

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