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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 02-17-2011, 10:50 AM
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E39 Wheel advice - 16" to 17"

I just purchased a base 530i, and while I wanted a sport package version, this had such low miles, I opted for it instead. I want to do some upgrades over time, but first it needs tires. Since it'll need tires, first thing is swapping rims. I read some other posts and recommendation for a moderate upgrade was to swap out the 16" wheels for 17". I want to stay original and see some good deals on OEM used 17" non-staggered wheels. Here are my questions:

-Are 17" the right call if I'm wanting conservative sport OEM look? 18"s don't seem to be my thing. Here's what I'm considering - the $400 price seems good. Too good?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

-What size tires would be appropriate for 17-8's? My research says 235/45-17

-Would the stock 16" wheels shown below have any market value? This was grandma's car, so the rims are near perfect, no curb-rash at all.



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Old 02-17-2011, 11:41 AM
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I think EACTuning recently had the OEM Style 42s in 17" (the sport pkg wheel) for a great price. Do a search. Sell your 16s for snow tire wheels.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:41 AM
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Hey new bmw owner,

Bypass that used set of wheels, and for $400, you can buy brand new OEM wheels
in the most favorite style, the style 5 from ECS Tuning. These are two piece wheels.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E39-530...ls/OEM_Alloys/

You'll have to buy center caps, or you can use those wheels w/out caps.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:51 AM
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Dhoang - remember the price in the link you've shown is for EACH wheel, so the package comes to over $1600 USD, which I'm thinking sb5437 doesn't want to spend on wheels

Sb5437 - don't look at my wheels whatever you do! I'm running 19 on my Touring and will soon be on 20's! I see and understand you prefer the oem look and the 17 size, which is fine. There's a few E39's running around on the wheels like you posted in the link - commonly referred to as 'Sunflower' style oem wheels. The $400 price seems quite reasonable in that he's listed them as B grade in quality with a few blemishes etc. One to consider.

I'd suggest going for OEM wheels rather than any of the replica's of OEM wheels you'll see. I know many owners will and do use replica wheels, and with no problems, but I tend to find that invariably when something does happen, they bend very easily etc. Plenty of OEM wheels on ebay, craigslist, breakers yards, forum classifieds etc, so you'll come up with something soon. As for choice, if i was 'forced' to go to 17's I'd probably go for the style 5, style 32, style 66 - check those out.

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Old 02-17-2011, 12:12 PM
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Dennis, Thanks!! Yea, B quality seemed ok for my purposes, I'm asking for picts of all in the set to make sure no major curb-rash, but this was the best deal I could find on OEM. Sorry just going for 17s but one step at a time. The tire size is a no-brainer then I guess? What would suggest I ask for the 16" originals to move them quickly and keep the wife happy? Thanks again!
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:19 PM
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17" cross spokes, $589, set of 4. End of discussion.

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:10 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/97-BM...Q5fAccessories

These would be mine if I didn't already have a set just like 'em on the car.

I really like the staggerd look. I never rotate my tires anyways - but I do keep an eye out for unusual tread wear . . .
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:45 PM
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i would suggest CL as well. When I first bought my 530i, the PO had a hideous set of 19" after market wheels... i couldn't stand them so I was able to sell them for $650 on CL and bought myself a nice set of BMW wheel for $400.

Living in Claifornia I assume you should have no problems finding a nice used set out there. The wheels you on my sig are what I found of CL
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:47 PM
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i would suggest CL as well. When I first bought my 530i, the PO had a hideous set of 19" after market wheels... i couldn't stand them so I was able to sell them for $650 on CL and bought myself a nice set of BMW wheel for $400.

Living in Claifornia I assume you should have no problems finding a nice used set out there. The wheels you on my sig are what I found off CL
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17" cross spokes, $589, set of 4. End of discussion.

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The 530i is set up for both 16" and 17" wheels. Look on the door jamb and/or owners manual it lists the size for 17" tires. Go with that size and you'll have zero issues (speedometer, odometer, etc).


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Dhoang - remember the price in the link you've shown is for EACH wheel, so the package comes to over $1600 USD, which I'm thinking sb5437 doesn't want to spend on wheels
Sorry, new member, I didn't even see that. Thanks for correcting me, Dennis.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:17 PM
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Go to RealOEM.com and punch in the last 7 digits of your vin# and drill down into the parts list to see all the wheel & tire setups that were originally available for your car. Use this as your starting point for the right fit. Many on this forum have personal tastes that stray far from this "factory" setup. My advise is to get to know the factory setup first, then explore the rest. The sky is the limit.

Here's another good reference for original factory wheel & tire setups:
http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:39 PM
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I am happy with my 17s with 225/50/ tires on them. It rides nice, and I cant stand the feel of super low pro tires. I thought about 18s, But I think I want to get a set of style 32's and trade in my 81s. Stick with oem style wheels and you'll be just fine.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:58 PM
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yeah i saw the style 42's on ecs...i thought wow what a deal! im going for it! clicked on add to cart...punched in my zipcode...and then BAM!! $1000+ with no tires... luckily ive tracked down a used set in excellent condition here in hawaii for under 1000 with new tires...hopefully he still has it by the end of next month. no one seems to be biting his sale on craigslist...crossing my fingers
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:32 AM
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yeah i saw the style 42's on ecs...i thought wow what a deal! im going for it! clicked on add to cart...punched in my zipcode...and then BAM!! $1000+ with no tires... luckily ive tracked down a used set in excellent condition here in hawaii for under 1000 with new tires...hopefully he still has it by the end of next month. no one seems to be biting his sale on craigslist...crossing my fingers
Can you elaborate? That's because they have to be shipped to Hawaii. right? I would imagine 100lbs of wheels are expensive to ship that far.
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Can you elaborate? That's because they have to be shipped to Hawaii. right? I would imagine 100lbs of wheels are expensive to ship that far.
Yes it's because of shipping...I made a post about a week ago about how I'm always getting raped by shipping fees... price to pay for living in paradise.
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