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o_steve
01-13-2011, 11:05 AM
Hello all. I am fairly new to this forum but have been a long time BMW owner. I am contemplating ordering a 550i M Sport but can't help but think the 19" wheels (though very attractive) are a bit small. I just feel as if they do not fill in well enough. Or is it the design? I've heard mention that some may want to lower theirs to try to limit this gap.

Has anyone else thought this?

Do you think there will be an option for a 20" set (like the 7 series) in 2012?

I currently own an X5 4.8i with the large 20" wheels, and though the ride can be jarring at times, i believe they are what distinguishes the car.

BTW - I do not like after market tack on wheels. What I order is what will end up on there for the duration...

johnbmw6
01-13-2011, 01:19 PM
19' WHEELS are driver friendly 20" may not be, it depends were you live.
I have ordered 19" 351M wheels they are just right IMO, 20's are too big.
Lowering the car is the way I would go, but I will not do it.

fkim011
01-13-2011, 01:51 PM
The 19's with the runflat sidewalls is pretty stiff as it is. If you go 20's, make sure you can either go runflat also since there is no donut in the trunk.

o_steve
01-13-2011, 03:42 PM
I imagine you are both right as far as the ride goes. It just still bugs me a little about the gap. Your M3 looks so much more filled out!

BTW - I live in Orlando where many of the streets i regularly ride on are brick. I'm sure the 19s are better off... I used to blow tires all the time when I drove a 3 series with the Performance Package.

johnbmw6
01-14-2011, 02:26 AM
I imagine you are both right as far as the ride goes. It just still bugs me a little about the gap. Your M3 looks so much more filled out!

BTW - I live in Orlando where many of the streets i regularly ride on are brick. I'm sure the 19s are better off... I used to blow tires all the time when I drove a 3 series with the Performance Package.Just lower the car by 1/2". that should make look better.

dunderhi
01-14-2011, 06:24 AM
[I would suspect 19" + RFTs would have similar or less comfort than 20" + non-RFTs. When you get down to 30/35 series tires road hazard induced rim damage becomes more likely.

jpointe
02-05-2011, 12:11 AM
I'm getting the M Sport package but had limited time test driving a model with those wheels. Is the comfort/ride difference fairly noticeable as compared to the 18's?

Needsdecaf
02-05-2011, 06:07 AM
I'm getting the M Sport package but had limited time test driving a model with those wheels. Is the comfort/ride difference fairly noticeable as compared to the 18's?

Not much difference, IMO.

johnbmw6
02-05-2011, 08:59 AM
Not much difference, IMO. Yep I agree not much difference at all.