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Old 05-11-2015, 05:13 AM
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18 vs 19 wheels on 435i GC

Is it sacrilege to consider 18 wheels? I would do it for the smoother and quieter ride. What say thee?
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:39 AM
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Is it sacrilege to consider 18 wheels? I would do it for the smoother and quieter ride. What say thee?
Not to mention fewer bent rims and flatted tires. Build the car for how you want it to look and drive. Which wheels are you looking at?
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:12 AM
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Whatever comes with the F35
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:26 AM
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Bigger is not always better. My wife's 328d has 17" wheels and the ride is quite nice. My older 335d has 18" and the ride is at the limit of my comfort zone on bad roads.
19" weigh more than 18"
19" gives barely more performance
19" is harder to find tires for
19" get curbed more easily IMO

IMO, they're not worth it; it's almost all just for looks.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:40 AM
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Don't think it is bad at all.

I went with the 19" on my 428i GC (M Sport) though because of all the wheels available for the 428/435 the 19" 428 M Sport wheels were by far my favorite.

I also purchased Park Assist specifically because I went with the 19" wheels. I considered the option a bit of insurance. Works like a charm.

Potholes, though, are a different story...
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:42 AM
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I think 19" look better but as has been said they are a pain to keep the rims in good shape due to so little rubber. I just handed back a 2013 Z4 with 19s and the rims were thrashed you just get no margin for error
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:45 AM
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Bigger is not always better. My wife's 328d has 17" wheels and the ride is quite nice. / My older 335d has 18" and the ride is at the limit of my comfort zone on bad roads.
19" weigh more than 18"
19" gives barely more performance
19" is harder to find tires for
19" get curbed more easily IMO

IMO, they're not worth it; it's almost all just for looks.
+1. That was why after driving several versions of the 328i that we went for the 17" wheels. Ride and handling is right for our driving conditions.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:46 AM
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Why would it be "sacrilege" to go with something that is part of standard equipment? BMW desgined and built the car with the 18s, so clearly they are not "sacrilege."
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:54 AM
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Don't combine the 19" with runflats. That would convert to flat spots in the wheel quickly.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:59 AM
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I chose the 18's for my F36, figuring the 19's were more about looks rather than for practical reasons. If looks are the only concern, 19's look a little better but not enough to outweigh disadvantages for me!
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:17 AM
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I chose the 18's for my F36, figuring the 19's were more about looks rather than for practical reasons. If looks are the only concern, 19's look a little better but not enough to outweigh disadvantages for me!

+1

Not to mention you'll probably save close to $100 every time you put on a new set of tires.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:46 AM
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Got 18"s cuz it's leased and they look ok for stock wheels. Grey color was also unique.
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Depends on roads where you live. Sometimes 19" with RFT can be a problem. Harsh over bad pavement & wheels prone to breakage. Have had 18" RFT current car, 19" RFT swapped for get flats at 1500 miles, prior car. Found that current RFT on 18" are much better than the 2011 335is versions on 19".

If I still lived in Jersey with runs into the city would only buy 18". Down here have no problems with 19"

Right now everything is 18" both RFT & get flats except for the Expedition 20" RFT & the Cobra 17" get flats.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:04 AM
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I found the 19s gave a quite 'jiggly' ride when I was testing GCs, but they definitely look better. I have the M-Sport 18s on my GC and most of the time they look great to me, but occasionally I will look at the car and think 'hmm, would look even better with 19s'! Ride/handling however is outstanding on these 18s.
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:46 PM
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I have the 19" with RFTs and they can be hard if you roll through a deep pothole, however I've had no problems so far and actually like the ride and handling. It's not a good idea to take any tire/wheel combination through a bad pothole and our daughter lost two regular tires and a wheel on a nasty one a few winters ago.

As for curbing the 19" wheels, I am gradually getting the hang of using the rear camera system and the angle down passenger side mirror and have had no issues yet.

If possible try a test drive with both sizes and see which you prefer.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:14 PM
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I took the stock 18" 400Ms on my 428GC because I live in New England (roads get destroyed in the winter) and because of the cost of tire replacement. I took ED for the car and it drove wonderfully with that setup. The only change I'm thinking of making is going with an offset setup only because I like the look of them.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:18 PM
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What is this offset setup?
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I've owned both 18' and 19' and all I can say is that 19' feel more stable when cornering and look better too!

The ride is not that bad at all like the way people make it sound here.
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