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Re: 16" vs 17" Wheels (archive)

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Posted by Alex on August 12, 1999 at 16:36:07:

In Reply to: 16" vs 17" Wheels posted by Allen on August 11, 1999 at 14:31:41:

Hey Allen:

I have a '97 540iA with Conti tires. It rides a bit soft and I do not like the sway on turns.
I have given it to BMW and they will be upgrading
the tires/wheels to 17". I am putting the
Dinan stage 2 suspension and it will be on the
"soft" setting. If you would like, I'll let you know how it goes. I do not recommend that you just upgrade the tires/wheels. The stock suspension setting is calibrated for 16" rims (NOT 17"). I know it costs money, but if you go to 17" rims, you might as well do it right. If money is an issue, I suggest that you just get a true high performance 16" tire (e.g. Bridgestone Pole Position, or SP 9000s). Those Contis are SOFT like balloons. Because I live in NY City,
I'll be using the 16" Contis/wheels for some sort of decent winter traction (for about 3-4 months). I know the high performance tires just
won't work here in the winter.

My 2 cents. Good Luck.


I'll be upgrading the
suspension also.y: I am driving a '99 528IA with the standard 16" wheels and Continental tires. I am considering getting a set of 17" wheels and tires. I have been told that the car will handle much better with the 17's, they look better and I can use the present 16's for snow tires.

: I like the way the car rides now; a very nice compromise between handling and a smooth, tight ride. How will the 17" wheel change that?

: Thanks in advance.

: Allen

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