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Treeboy 09-27-2010 09:02 AM

Extended Fender Flares on 18" wheels
 
I am looking for any picture or your opinions on using stock 18" rims (210) with extended fender flares.

This will be on my winter setup, which I use for about 5 months every year. Someone have mentioned on the forum that 18" will look odd with extended flares, since they are intended for 20"+ wheels.
I am not too excited about using wheel spacers as I do not know how they may affect the car performance and safety long term.

Can anyone comment on running 18" wheels with extended fender flares during winter or even all-year-around? Thanks, do not want my car to look silly...

njkelland 12-24-2012 08:41 AM

I know this is a late response, but did you ever wind up doing this? I am considering the same thing. I've only found one picture of the fender flares with 18" wheels. It actually had mud flaps as well. It was in the snow and actually looked pretty tough. Unfortunately, a bmw ad and how they look in real life could be very different.

Treeboy 12-24-2012 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by njkelland (Post 7268728)
I know this is a late response, but did you ever wind up doing this? I am considering the same thing. I've only found one picture of the fender flares with 18" wheels. It actually had mud flaps as well. It was in the snow and actually looked pretty tough. Unfortunately, a bmw ad and how they look in real life could be very different.

I purchased the flares, installed them but ended up removing them after couple of weeks. I did not like the look and did not want to use any wheel spacers. YMMV.
I am now planning to sell them.

njkelland 12-24-2012 09:04 AM

Thanks for the quick response. I've really been trying to decide whether or not to try it. I'm surprised by how few pics there are...probably because few people have that setup. I wouldn't want to use the spacers either. I'd rather find a set of rims with an offset but at that point I'd just get the y-spoke 20's. Tires are outrageous though. Do you have any pics of yours while you had the flares? How much would you sell them for? Might be nice to have in case I decide to go with a wider tire later.

Brother_Bluto 12-24-2012 11:27 AM

I've got my winter 19" wheels on... and for me the look of my flares with the mudflaps on the 19's just makes me wish spring was here to put the 20's back on. They look good with the 20's, but anything smaller looks odd IMO.

Brother_Bluto 12-24-2012 11:41 AM

Also keep in mind that the 20in tire uses the extended flares due to the larger tire width and wheel offset. The stock 20's are staggered tires: 20x10 (front) & 20x11 (rear). The stock 18" wheels are only 18x8.5.

BeamerandBimmer 12-24-2012 01:17 PM

Hope this helps someone. Ordered this setup from my BMW dealer at about their cost(wheels tpms and tires). I got a set of 20mm spacers for the rear and am very happy with this setup. Absolutely no vibration and plenty of performance.

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/ProductDet...cessories.aspx
Before

http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/x...346066BEC3.jpg

After

http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/x...36AC89BFD6.jpg
http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/x...347E8ED04E.jpg

bkhk 12-25-2012 03:25 AM

B and B

Very nicely done. I have stock 19s without flare extensions. I think in around 2 years, I will either trade the car or may get some flares and larger wheels to make the car look sightly different.

civicrtype1 12-31-2012 04:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treeboy (Post 7268778)
I purchased the flares, installed them but ended up removing them after couple of weeks. I did not like the look and did not want to use any wheel spacers. YMMV.
I am now planning to sell them.

Are you still selling? I can take them off your hands for the right price

tribecaX5 12-31-2012 06:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treeboy (Post 7268778)
I purchased the flares, installed them but ended up removing them after couple of weeks. I did not like the look and did not want to use any wheel spacers. YMMV.
I am now planning to sell them.

Are they painted (glossy finish)? If yes what color?

civicrtype1 12-31-2012 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tribecaX5 (Post 7280806)
Are they painted (glossy finish)? If yes what color?

I asked first....:mad:

Treeboy 12-31-2012 02:51 PM

They are black plastic finish, not painted. PM me if interested in pics and asking price.

tribecaX5 01-01-2013 09:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by civicrtype1 (Post 7281558)
I asked first....:mad:

so?


whatever this civic guy offers, I'll offer double :bigpimp:

civicrtype1 01-01-2013 10:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tribecaX5 (Post 7282572)
so?


whatever this civic guy offers, I'll offer double :bigpimp:


I doubt that. Would you like to compare salaries?

tribecaX5 01-01-2013 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by civicrtype1 (Post 7282644)
I doubt that. Would you like to compare salaries?

Nope. I'll still double whatever you offer though.

civicrtype1 01-01-2013 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tribecaX5 (Post 7282652)
Nope. I'll still double whatever you offer though.

I'll let you know what I offer

tribecaX5 01-01-2013 10:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by civicrtype1 (Post 7282669)
I'll let you know what I offer

just messing with you. my x5 is with 20" wheels and has factory installed fender flares already (see my album photo). i was just curious to see if the op has painted ones.

DCC 01-02-2013 01:02 PM

op,
How hard is it to install the flares?
Is there a DIY write up somewhere?
Thanks

Treeboy 01-02-2013 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DCC (Post 7284938)
op,
How hard is it to install the flares?
Is there a DIY write up somewhere?
Thanks

Not that hard. I am no mechanic. You just remove the existing rivets, carefully unlock the clips and slide the existing flares out. Reverse the process for installation. You will need to buy the rivets for the installation at your dealer or local store. They are inexpensive. Manual rivet gun is recommended.
Look for the DIY on BMW forums. I recall following one, however I do not have the link anymore.

Treeboy 01-02-2013 02:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tribecaX5 (Post 7280806)
Are they painted (glossy finish)? If yes what color?

Here are the pics:

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8468b7d7.jpg

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8cd21d6a.jpg

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/...pse9edce50.jpg

sirbikes 01-02-2013 07:15 PM

Man I'd love a set of these. They make the car look better, even with the 18s. Not easy to come by I guess since they can't be purchased separately - they are bundled with a 20 or 21 wheel upgrade??? So prices on ebay are high ~ $350 for a set.

Treeboy 01-02-2013 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sirbikes (Post 7285780)
Man I'd love a set of these. They make the car look better, even with the 18s. Not easy to come by I guess since they can't be purchased separately - they are bundled with a 20 or 21 wheel upgrade??? So prices on ebay are high ~ $350 for a set.

That is basically what I paid. I am not planning on installing them again, so I will sell them somewhat cheaper. PM me, if you want to know more details. Right now I am waiting to hear from the poster above. As you can see, he asked first :thumbup: .

X5E70lover 01-03-2013 09:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treeboy (Post 5500558)
I am looking for any picture or your opinions on using stock 18" rims (210) with extended fender flares.

This will be on my winter setup, which I use for about 5 months every year. Someone have mentioned on the forum that 18" will look odd with extended flares, since they are intended for 20"+ wheels.
I am not too excited about using wheel spacers as I do not know how they may affect the car performance and safety long term.

Can anyone comment on running 18" wheels with extended fender flares during winter or even all-year-around? Thanks, do not want my car to look silly...

I've got 19" setup for winter with Blizzak LM60, bought the rims second hand & did not realized how bad they look until I put them on. Can't complain about the handling though...

sirbikes 01-04-2013 05:22 PM

Can you elaborate on the 20mm spacer setup? What are these? Do they go on before the wheel goes on so that the wheels stick out a bit further and thus fill out the fender flare so it looks ok with the smaller wheels?

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeamerandBimmer (Post 7269228)
Hope this helps someone. Ordered this setup from my BMW dealer at about their cost(wheels tpms and tires). I got a set of 20mm spacers for the rear and am very happy with this setup. Absolutely no vibration and plenty of performance.


BeamerandBimmer 01-05-2013 04:53 AM

Correct. Since my stock wheel setup is staggered(wider wheels in the rear) and this snow setup is square, I just added spacers to the rear hubs before the wheels went on. This is what I used.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E70-X5_...ers/ES2550799/


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