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Old 10-01-2012, 11:03 PM
kglo kglo is offline
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Originally Posted by BMW4grrl View Post
Hi guys, I called Tire Rack today.

They said they would guarantee that the 17" wheels would fit my 35i. I questioned them, went over the whole bigger brake thing and they said that they have done their due diligence and if the website says my car, trim level, etc. will accept the smaller wheels than it's a sure thing. It's nice to know that they will stand behind what they recommend.

So here's my dilema...we all are pretty sure that 17" will fit. Should I risk it and buy the $2,300 set from Autohaus or go with Tire Rack. After freight and duty the price difference is only $200! I can choose rims that will accept the BMW centre cap so they will look factory.

I guess all sales are final on the $2,300 set. The last thing I would want to do is have to sell them.
Personally, if given choice between factory vs. replica, I'll stick to factory and its less so for the looks than the strength of the rim itself. Stories about replica wheels being easier to bend/warp scare me. Do a Google search on "factory vs. replica wheels bmw" and there are loads of info where this has been debated

Definitely make sure though that the factory 28i kit will work on your 35i.

Though if you do go Tirerack route, I am sure it should be fine too. Many people have used them and they have a good reputation. It is the unknown local shops that sell cheap replicas that concern me more.
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