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wouldn't say 18 is too big! (archive)

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Posted by Tom Cassidy on October 23, 2000 at 16:40:55:

In Reply to: Hamann 18in Racing Wheels with '98 Z3 2.8? posted by John Owens on October 23, 2000 at 14:24:49:

We seem to see this topic a lot. I run 18in hamanns on a 99 2.3 with 225/40 all the way around and H&R springs. I do not think that the car feels unsafe, in fact, I think that statement is rediculous. Body roll is minimal, squatting and diving with power change are both almost nonexistant. Sure the car rides substantially more rough, but why would you want to upgrade these things unless you are looking for performance. With the 225s you can still rotate the tires and there is not really enough power to oversteer the car even with 225s. I think the hamanns perform well and sort of cringe at someone calling the feel of them unsafe.

JOHN- to answer the original question, yes the hamanns look good! and they are also nowhere near as expensive as schnitzers or others. I ended up paying about 320 per wheel(discount tires cost was 298)and and I LOVE THEM. I think that Eric's point is usefull, the ride quality will suffer, but it is not unsafe or jumpy, it is wonderful. All of my info is from experience with a 2.3 not an M, but my experiences are very positive. Here is a link to my car both before and after installing springs. Hope this helps!
Tom



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