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Old 06-10-2014, 08:49 AM
High Hope High Hope is offline
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Inexpensive BBS vs OZ (and Bayern?)

I'm in the market for 18s for my 328i x-Drive. I' want to spend no more than $2500 with TPS, mounting, balancing and shipping. My choices are:

OZ Super Leggera, pressure cast w flow forming, 20.7 lbs
OZ Ultra Leggera, pressure cast with shot preening, 17.6 lbs
BBS CK, pressure cast, 27.5 lbs.

I'm leaning toward the OZ Super Leggera and like the 5 lb savings in unsprung weight over the BBS. I wonder about the Ultras, they may not be enough wheel for New England roads? We have horrible roads so I need a very sturdy wheel (Mille Miglias and the like won't work.)

Do you have opinions about the above choices? Are Bayern wheels another option? They seem a price point down from the BBS and OZ and I don't want to buy a cheesy wheel. All advice welcomed!


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Old 06-10-2014, 10:00 AM
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Unfortunately there is no rating for strength on wheels so anything you hear or read about them is conjecture. From my experience, a pothole or road irregularity bad enough to bend wheel A will likely also bend wheel B. That being said, we have had great feedback and experience with both BBS and OZ wheels. Outstanding finish, quality and resale value as well. I agree with your choice of 18" for your area since the roads are a concern...19" wheels would leave you with a pretty low profile tire. I have no experience with the Bayern or Beyern brand of wheels, sorry.

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