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Re: Wheels for '88 M5? (archive)

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Posted by Ethan on May 30, 2002 at 13:55:51:

In Reply to: Wheels for '88 M5? posted by Suzy on May 30, 2002 at 08:52:36:

For wheels just keep your eye on the boards for different styles. The guys over on the regular e28 5 series boards try many different wheel combinations and do lots of mods all the time. I personally have e34 M5 Throwing Star wheels with the covers removed. I've seen at least 20 different wheel types on the e28 M5. If you want to run without wheel spacers (which I prefer) then look for a wheel with an ET20 (20mm) offset, which is the correct offset for the e28. If you choose a wheel with a different offset and require spacers only use 'hub-centric spacers' as e28 are extremely sensitive to balance. There are many wheel designs to choose from, you just have to look a little harder because your car is 15 years old and a wheel you like may not come in an ET20.

Before you buy tires be sure to send out a post and ask for opinions. Tire size is an important consideration. With all those horsies under your hood you might want to run anywhere from 235 - 255 in the rear. I'm currently running 235/45/ZR17's all the way around, but I miss having 225's in front. The additional width up front made the steering feel heavy, next time I buy tires I'll go with 225's in front and 235's in the rear... I don't have the horse power issues you do (but I plan to be close (in the ballpark) after the big rebuild)

Also, Dinan mostly caters to the newer BMW's and is little by little removing e28 bits from their catalog : - ( In reality the e28 M5's popularity heyday has long since past. Most of the mods available are not e28 M5 specific, they are more designed for the e28 chassis in general, which is a broad range of cars. Simply, the e28 M5 is a classic exotic high performance auto. and before you do any kind of mod, you have to research it first. We are here for you.

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Just went over to the Tire Rack web site to have some fun trying out different wheels on my M5 (gotta have something to do while I'm waiting for the car to show up) and was told they currently do not carry any wheels for that car. What's up with that?

I was also browsing the Dinan web site yesterday and could find no mods listed for the E28 M5. Is this some kind of conspiracy?

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