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17 inchers at last (archive)

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Posted by moots on October 23, 2000 at 19:03:46:

Just purchased myself the e39 m5 17 inch wheel replicas.(didn't know wheels designed for the e39 until much later) When the dealer finished installing the wheels,and I had a run down the highway,the whole car shook terribly when I reached about 60 mph and straight away the thought of the thrust arm bushing came in mind.So I drove back straight to the dealer,put it on ramps with wheels hanging and saw that the wheel was actually turning lop sided ie. the wheel is not center to the hub.The dealer was lost as to what was happening and I suggested the hubcentric rings but there was none at his garage.So here comes the duct tape to the rescue (it actually works)while waiting for some feedback from the dealer.Lesser vibration with the duct tape but not totally eliminated.
Got home and got mysely a roll of aluminium tape and taped up 7 layers around the hub center and vibration totally eliminated.Sent e-mail to Robert Kane( and confirmed the wheels have larger diameter hub center.Called dealer and will pick it up this Thursday.
Anyhow,bottomline is:
1.The wheels look great
2.No shimmy
3.No tramlining
4.TYre rumble audible as you slow down compared to stock(Continental ContiSportContact 235/45/17)
5.Much quicker response to the steering wheel

moots '90 520i (can't stop admiring wheels)

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