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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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New wheels...ugly?

Are these wheels really THAT ugly? I realize I need to lower the car a little.
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I like the wheels too. But I'm not sure they go well with the car. Those would great though on an E46 3-Series coupe. As for an E39...eh it's not bad. But that's just me.

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Are they 19"? And you should lower it. That will make the appearance more aggressive I think.


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Personally, I think they are absolutely terrible.


But alas, different strokes for different folks.
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Thanks Aaron. They are 19s and I think the front needs to drop at least 1".
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I experienced this same issue with my last set of wheels...the BBS CK's. What looks good to you may not look good to many others. In addition, some wheels look far better in person than they do in pictures.

I'll be honest, I would have never chosen these wheels, but I've seen faaaar worse on the E39. I agree that these would probably look a fair bit better on an E46, but if your car was a) lower and b) had M-Tech bumpers, you would have a more cohesive look.
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I've seen far worse, but you are the one who drives the car and lives with them. I like them as they are different and not something I've seen before.
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Thanks for the kind words guys. Albo, are you running coilovers or lowering springs?

BTW, my style 42 BBS wheels are now for sale.
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I have coil overs on teh front, but nothing on the back yet. other things are creeping up though. Just curious, specs on the style 42s and how much you are looking to get.
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Sweet looking

Looks real good to me. Where did you get them and how much.
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The 42s are 17" x 8" square with pretty good Pilot A/S tires, looking for $750.

The wheels on there now are Stern wheels by ADR. Got them on Ebay (made for the E39 series) for $423.00 plus $99.99 shipping. Couldn't pass them up. Cheap wheels but I like them a lot.
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19" damn your bimmer isn't sports I put 19" on mine front 19x8.50 tires 235/19/40 and rear 19x9.50 tires 255/19/35 and tires tires rub as hell need fender rolling job or drop to 18" thanks God never had more than 2 people in the care for 3 years and go carefully over the pot holes and speed bumps
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I like them alot. The price sounds great. How big are the wheel weights to balance. Alums and good tires should need next to none
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I think they would much better compliment the Z series. But they look alright on an E39. At least they're not black.. And I kind of like that hmmm bent alien finger look they have.. Sorry that's the best way I can describe what I'm seeing but to clarify I like them.
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I experienced this same issue with my last set of wheels...the BBS CK's. What looks good to you may not look good to many others. In addition, some wheels look far better in person than they do in pictures.

I'll be honest, I would have never chosen these wheels, but I've seen faaaar worse on the E39. I agree that these would probably look a fair bit better on an E46, but if your car was a) lower and b) had M-Tech bumpers, you would have a more cohesive look.
Agreed 100% lowering and M-tech bumpers would add the finishing touch.

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