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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:35 PM
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Question Wheel aesthetics and values

I have two wheel questions.

First one is purely aesthetics: I have a Jet Black 128i on order and will be using stock wheels for snows (MN member here); and buying aftermarket for summer wheels. I am sorely tempted to go for either black or gunmetal wheels, but can't decide how it will look. Opinions?

Also, I know myself, and I'm not always uber diligent about cleaning wheels perfectly (even though I wash often), so wondering which color hides brakes dust the best. I know, I know, I should be more diligent on that, but I'm not . . . thoughts?

Secondly, I've never bought wheels before. I've always run whatever the car came with, so I'm struggling to understand the wide discrepancies in prices. If I'm buying an 18x8" wheel, what's the difference between a $200 wheel and a $1,200 wheel? I know some of it is weight related, but it seems to be more than that. Are there also durability issues? What am I missing?

And if I'm not going to track the car, does buying higher end wheels make sense?

Sorry for being such a noob, but this is all very new to me. And, I tried checking archives and couldn't find any answers that seemed right on point.

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Bill
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Try shopping at Tire Rack. I kept the M-Sport wheels and tires for the summer and bought a winter wheel/tire combination.
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Wheel aesthetics and values

I'm aware of these places and different wheels, but I don't understand why the big price differences. What makes some wheels 10x more than others? Is there a real world benefit to the more expensive wheels if you are not hitting the track?

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In no special order but materials, precision in hitting specs, strength, manufacturing process & weight. Then there are always the "if we jack up the price people will think we have a better wheel". I would look as was mentioned before to a place like Tire Rack that has a major reputation to maintain for quality wheels at a fair price.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:46 PM
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I'm aware of these places and different wheels, but I don't understand why the big price differences. What makes some wheels 10x more than others? Is there a real world benefit to the more expensive wheels if you are not hitting the track?

Any help?

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One big factor in the difference in prices is whether the wheel is cast or forged. Another is whether the wheel is in one piece, two pieces or three pieces. A third factor is the material from which the wheel is made, aluminum, magnesium, various alloys. And then there are many, many different makes....BBS are among the very best but they are also expensive....and so on and on!
Good luck in choosing
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:55 PM
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BBS are fine wheels and very expensive. What is interesting is they are a German brand but made in Japan!

I'd look into the optional wheels that BMW offers for your car. That would be your best chance to get high quality wheels at a reasonable price. Tire Rack offers a lot of brands of wheels, but I regard most of them as junk. I think gunmetal or black wheels are ugly too.
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Congrats on the car and good luck with the modding! When it comes to the majority of the wheels, the pricing is somewhat based on the build quality. The entry level is going to be gravity cast followed by Low-Pressure Cast, and Rotary Forged and finally Fully Forged and Multi Piece. The price is going to really jump after you leave the Rotary Forged construction. VMRs are an example of Gravity Cast and Forgestar is an example of Rotary Forged. You also begin to save weight as you improve the casting process which is important for many customers. Here are a few shots of some of the wheels on 1-series. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!







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