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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-08-2013, 07:12 PM
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Winter Wheel Set up 550i

Need a little help as I'm looking for my winter set up (I know it's only July but what can I say). Will 18x8 wheels fit all around or will the breaks get in the way? I currently have the 19 in. set up and I'm concerned about break clearance.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:27 PM
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Get wheels with the correct offset and you shouldn't have any issues, if you have any doubts either pass or ask for a test fit of the wheels.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:57 PM
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How do I know what the current offset is so I can get the same for my winter set? I'm getting this winter set from a guy that these on a 2006 550i but I don't know if the 06 brake set up is the same as the 08.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:10 PM
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How do I know what the current offset is so I can get the same for my winter set? I'm getting this winter set from a guy that these on a 2006 550i but I don't know if the 06 brake set up is the same as the 08.
Yes, the same setup is fine for any 550. The offsets of the 2 cars, and the brakes, are identical.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:31 AM
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550 M sport Winter tires / wheels

I bought the dealer recommended snow tire setup from my original BMW dealership of 30 years - which is the same as you are suggesting. At that time there were no options for snows and rims. Not sure now. They fit and worked perfectly except for one annoying factor that gets slightly worse as the treads wear down. They will rub slightly when you hit a bump so it requires you to drive a bit more carefully. This could also be a result of the tire brand - but I used them for 4 years so it was definitely liveable for those 4-5 months of commuting to work. The car drove just fine. Other than that they were perfect and looked pretty good as well. Bought an X5 for winters and retired - so selling them now as well. Hope that helps. Would I do it again? Yes - and I live in NJ winters.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:12 AM
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I have a 2008 550i M Sport with staggered 19" Type 172s. Three years ago I ordered a set of dedicated winter wheels and tires from Tire Rack, ending up with identical 18" wheels on all four corners, and Pirelli SotoZero tires. Love the winter setup, and I get fantastic traction.

Point is, if you order from Tire Rack or other tire seller, they can match wheel offsets.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:11 AM
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Remember that without the Sport Package, the 550 comes with 17" wheels. 18" should work fine, so long as the offset is correct.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:19 AM
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I have a 2008 550i M Sport with staggered 19" Type 172s. Three years ago I ordered a set of dedicated winter wheels and tires from Tire Rack, ending up with identical 18" wheels on all four corners, and Pirelli SotoZero tires. Love the winter setup, and I get fantastic traction.

Point is, if you order from Tire Rack or other tire seller, they can match wheel offsets.
Tire Rack is the way to go, I ordered wheels from them last year and had no issues.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:24 PM
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Heck, I got a buddy looking to sell 18" MRR wheels he never even used on his old E60. He lives in SoCal too so a winter setup isn't required.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:32 PM
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Winter Wheel Set up 550i

I used a set of 128's from my old 04 545 for my winter setup on my 08 550 with no issues. I had a square setup on staggered rims for many years without a problem. The only setback was I had to pay to have the tires remounted to move the fronts to the back. Just make sure if you have your tires balanced that they don't rotate them as well or you will have issues


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Old 07-19-2013, 03:31 AM
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I have used 18" all around with Michelin Ice X for the past two winters. They perform great.
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