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Old 01-06-2013, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by bear-avhistory View Post
Back to the wheels. The 19" really suck on impact shock with stock RFT, you will feel & hear evey expansion joint road irregularity you come across. I got real good at spotting & avoiding pebbles down the road is daylight but it was much harder at night.

A switch @ about 4K miles to Conti DW 245X35X91 / 265X30X19 solve all the thump & crash issues from mile one. As for the open wheels & ugly calipers my solution (some love & some say RICE) was to cover them with metal covers. I have sprayed them heat resistant flat black with no silver trim. They just disappear into the background & IMHO are not at all offensive.
Nice job on the brake calipers. I still can't figure out why BMW does not provide finished calipers aside from their cost savings/increased profits. The salespeople keep saying that the brakes get too hot for covers. I ask them that if this is true, then how did my ZO6 have them, and my Carrera GTS has them? I would think their brakes get at least as hot as those on my 335is, to say the least!

I have not found my 19" wheels to be bad at all with the stock RFTs on the majority of road surfaces where I have traveled in PA & FL. They don't like sunken manhole covers and some nasty pot holes, but are compliant other than those situations.

Current Stablemates:
'12 Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet (MT); '11 BMW E93 335is (DCT); '08 BMW E60 535xi
Favorite Cars Gone But Not Forgotten:
'09 Corvette ZO6; '04 MB S600; '01 BMW 740iL; '01 Corvette; '90 Nissan 300ZX 2+2; '89 Jeep Grand Wagoneer; '79 BMW 320i; '79 MB 300D; '71 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400; '67 MG Midget
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