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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-28-2009, 12:25 AM
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:55 AM
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Gee, maybe 20's aren't big enough. Try some 22's.

18's are perfect for an e39. 19's are marginal. Anything bigger is ridiculous and strictly ghetto.
Who says that your personal opinion of how an e39 is the law of the land? Don't slam people for their personal choice to run 20" rims....I think if you are running anything less than a 19" rim on an e39, you just look like every other boring commuter car, mpars or not....yes they look nice, but the stock look isn't for me. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:04 AM
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btw, sucks to be you to have 97. the suspension setup is a little different than 98+

now, RIF: YOUR OFFSETS ARE WONG WONG WONG!!! GET SPACERS



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that's a nice looking wheel OP, good choice. Please add some pics after you have gotten them bolted up.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:13 AM
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ccoopere39,

same as mark. i'd love to see them mounted correctly. personally, 20 inchers from hartge or bbs, even once saw a 20 inch style 32 on an e39 - i dont have an issue with. looks great, of course probably hard to daily drive it without 'pay to play' in terms of costs of frequent pothole issues and the like, or more like 'pain to play,' as i probably would be on the verge of paranoid, and cant enjoy my ride. but that's ME. but for looks, nothing wrong with that, proper offset, proper drop, proper tire sizing, and classy wheels, shld be awesome. hang in there, get it done right.
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I won't put 20s on my car because of the ride quality, but I do like how big wheels look on e39s. My suspension is very stiff already, even with 17s its harsh.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:18 AM
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btw, sucks to be you to have 97. the suspension setup is a little different than 98+

now, RIF: YOUR OFFSETS ARE WONG WONG WONG!!! GET SPACERS



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They hit a cast piece of the spring perch that comes out over the tire, even above the stock tire (only about 3/4" clearance above it on stock) Tried both 1/4" and 1/2" spacers with no luck.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:31 PM
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Offset is fine. Your strut is sitting too deep into the knuckle. I have seen this before. YOu have a SUSPENSION issue.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:49 PM
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ge thicker spacers or try to drop a 98+ front suspension in
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:14 PM
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I think I figured out the problem. I believe that piece is part of the front strut recall and that's why it sticks out so far... it's a bolt on fix. I think I'll try replacing the struts and see what I get.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:17 PM
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ccoopere39,

same as mark. i'd love to see them mounted correctly. personally, 20 inchers from hartge or bbs, even once saw a 20 inch style 32 on an e39 - i dont have an issue with. looks great, of course probably hard to daily drive it without 'pay to play' in terms of costs of frequent pothole issues and the like, or more like 'pain to play,' as i probably would be on the verge of paranoid, and cant enjoy my ride. but that's ME. but for looks, nothing wrong with that, proper offset, proper drop, proper tire sizing, and classy wheels, shld be awesome. hang in there, get it done right.
Thanks man, nice to get some positive feedback on here. I think I figured out the issue. I think it's part of the factory strut recall and the extra cast piece is a bolt on fix. I'm taking it to my mechanic tomorrow to check it out.
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I have 20 wheels and look great. ok
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:01 AM
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I have 20 wheels and look great. ok
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Are you on stock (non-sport) suspension?
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:24 AM
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Yeah that sits pretty high man especially with 20's. Almost Ghetto Style. Do you plan on adjusting the suspension or do you like the look?
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Who says that your personal opinion of how an e39 is the law of the land? Don't slam people for their personal choice to run 20" rims....I think if you are running anything less than a 19" rim on an e39, you just look like every other boring commuter car, mpars or not....yes they look nice, but the stock look isn't for me. Just my 2 cents.



Completey agree with you. Here are a couple of pics of a 20" set up with 245 30/285 25 These don't look oversized to me IMHO.



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love that color.
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To add to the drama, we got the wheels on today at my mechanics, but one of the beads wouldn't seal. Took to have it looked at NTB... they went to break the tire loose, slipped the machine and gouged the hell out of my wheel. Turns out the bead was torn by the first folks. NTB's gonna fix the wheel, but I'm looking at almost another $350 from Firestone if I want to match the Bridgestone Potenzas that are on there... the hits just keep on coming. I guess this is the "pay to play" heck, I didn't even get to see them on there when the mechanic had them on earlier. Not much playing yet, just paying!
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Bowtie, I can believe someone in the great city of Ft Worth would side with someone from AZ over a fellow Texan ... Go have a Fuzzies Taco for me!

Ouch, that hurt...

Tried Fuzzies, got the fish tacos....me thinks they forgot to put the fish in.

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can i ask what was the out come since i'm in the same problem ,but with 19's
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I have 2 questions.

#1. Is that a real pic?

#2. Why?
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Yup, all is well, I took the bolt-on factory recall clamp off and everything fits perfectly. I'm researching the best lowering kit for it now!

Much appreciation to most of those who chimed in... however, some of you guys who come in with short pointed answers seem to not really have a clue WTF you're talking about. I much prefer those who asked questions and read previous posts to make informed recommendations, even if they didn't ultimately help.

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Yup, all is well, I took the bolt-on factory recall clamp off and everything fits perfectly. I'm researching the best lowering kit for it now!

Much appreciation to most of those who chimed in... however, some of you guys who come in with short pointed answers seem to not really have a clue WTF you're talking about. I much prefer those who asked questions and read previous posts to make informed recommendations, even if they didn't ultimately help.
I'd like to know why the bolt-on factory clamp was added. Certainly not because of a non issue. Before I'd toss that in the trash I'd want to know the purpose of it. You do not want suspension parts breaking under stress.
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