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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 08-15-2012, 07:40 PM
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Hi Jpenn05.

Are you 100% sure you wish to go to 20's? if so, please do keep in mind you'll need to *REALLY* buckle down and research hard as running 20's on an E39 isn't a case of choosing wheels and throwing them on! You'll need to choose the right kind of wheel design that lends itself to the E39 shape and styling well, I'd HIGHLY recommend going with some high end and strong wheels as the tyre profiles you'll need to run are very small - get this wrong and weaker wheels are much more likely to crack. In order to visually look right along with the style/design of the wheel, you also need to significantly lower the car, most likely using coilovers. Here's an example of how to get running 20's on an E39, correct!





Notice how the deep lip lends itself to making the wheel size 'blend' into the aesthetics of the car very well, it's bit of a visual trick there. There's examples of other wheels with no lip or much less of one and the wheel 'looks' bigger and doesn't flow with the shape of the car. The offsets of the wheels have been very carefully chosen and it's running slightly less wide tyres for a minimal stretched look in order to fit under the arches without fouling. That's where the suspension considerations come in. Get these bits wrong, and you'll likely rub and catch the tyres etc when driving.

There's no 'best wheel' for the E39, you'll get every answer and suggestion under the sun! some people prefer oem, others prefer much rarer and exclusive ones. To help you choose what you like here's the link I always provide

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...et-wheels.html

Lots of wheel choices there and pictured on actual cars, book the evening off, it's currently 157 pages !

19 inch is a popular choice as well and you don't have to be quite so aggressive with the lowering amounts to pull the look off well as a result.

Cheers, Dennis!

Thanks for the detailed post! I appreciate it. I have not decided on the size yet but it will be bigger than my current "17 OEM's.
When I say "Best wheel" I'm asking for which styles you guys think compliment your e39's the best to you. Lip?..... No lip?.... Concaved maybe? As far as the brand I'm going with BBS or Konig. I got some great advice so far, and I really like lalarays rims. That's definitely a good starting point for my shopping around. Thanx to all for the advice!
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18" staggered style 5s for the E39. Hands down best look. Had them on my E46.

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Style 5s, Style 32s, Style 37
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:44 PM
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Understand that aside from giving up ride quality, you will sacrifice acceleration and gas mileage when going to 20" rims.
Well understood kind sir. Thanks!
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Thanks for the detailed post! I appreciate it. I have not decided on the size yet but it will be bigger than my current "17 OEM's.
When I say "Best wheel" I'm asking for which styles you guys think compliment your e39's the best to you. Lip?..... No lip?.... Concaved maybe? As far as the brand I'm going with BBS or Konig. I got some great advice so far, and I really like lalarays rims. That's definitely a good starting point for my shopping around. Thanx to all for the advice!
For e39s, definitely lip.

No offense to others, but the m6 rims don't go well with the e39. They are better suited for coupes, imo.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:46 PM
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My Choice... 18" BBS CK's

Now that's what I'm talking about! Thanks Albo!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:47 PM
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19" M Pars
Roger that! Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:50 PM
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@DennisCooper btw I kind of want every answer under the sun. I'm going to compare every pic posted for suggestion in this thread to what I'm already considering. I'm interested in what everybody has to say and offer about the E39 rim choice!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:52 PM
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+1.
Style 5s, Style 32s, Style 37
I dig..... I dig!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:58 PM
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For e39s, definitely lip.

No offense to others, but the m6 rims don't go well with the e39. They are better suited for coupes, imo.
Thanks Yersole! Good input.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:51 PM
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18" staggered style 5s for the E39. Hands down best look. Had them on my E46.

I second that, Staggered style 5's are the best.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:48 AM
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:19 AM
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:25 AM
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:23 AM
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how about 20" style 32s then... hard to find though and from 7 series I believe.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:45 AM
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:32 AM
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Srry u have a 530i I read it to fast--wrong hub size--u would need hub rings to take up the space

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Just to clarify for any new folks, there were OEM 18" style 42s in the 74.1mm e39 hub bore and OEM 18" style 42s in the more common 72.56 mm rest of the BMW world hub bore. The e39 ones are a little harder to find, although I think there are some e39 folks out there hoarding wheels especially after ECS's big wheel blowout a year a two ago.

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ugh... ite welp looks like i need buy some 17inch style 66s for racing then
17s would also be better for racing as tires would be much cheaper . On a more serious note though for anyone who is actually concerned with weight there are lightweight wheels out there that will allow you to go to 18s or maybe even 19s without gaining too much weight and perhaps in extreme cases actually being a lighter setup than OEM 17s (you will probably need to compare tire weight too).
  • OEM style 42 17x8 20.679lbs
  • OEM style 42 18x8 24.229lbs
  • OEM style 42 18x9 24.692lbs
  • OEM style 37 18x8 22.6lbs
  • OEM style 37 18x9 23.2lbs
  • BBS RGR 18x8.5 19.4lbs
  • BBS RGR 18x10 21.5lbs
  • Volk TE37 18x8.5 16lbs
  • Fikse and Dinan also make lightweight wheels

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@DennisCooper btw I kind of want every answer under the sun. I'm going to compare every pic posted for suggestion in this thread to what I'm already considering. I'm interested in what everybody has to say and offer about the E39 rim choice!
Check out that M5 board thread Dennis gave you it has tons of wheel pics.
Here are some of my favorites
  1. OEM style 37s
  2. BBS RGR
  3. AC Schnitzer Type III one piece
  4. Style 42 18"
  5. Dinan
  6. HRE (don't remember the model name)
  7. HRE (don't remember the model name)
  8. Alpina
  9. Style 69
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:47 AM
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This is nice! Maybe i'd pick this if i'll go 20s..

Anyway, i know 19 m-pars has already been suggested.. i'll just second that.



Good luck on your hunt!
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This is nice! Maybe i'd pick this if i'll go 20s..

Anyway, i know 19 m-pars has already been suggested.. i'll just second that.



Good luck on your hunt!
Now thats the right way to set up a bimmer wagon on 20's--mpars are a no brainner--pure sex

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Old 08-16-2012, 12:31 PM
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here's more.. found them in a thread at bf.c

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how about 20" style 32s then... hard to find though and from 7 series I believe.
I really like those
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Just to clarify for any new folks, there were OEM 18" style 42s in the 74.1mm e39 hub bore and OEM 18" style 42s in the more common 72.56 mm rest of the BMW world hub bore. The e39 ones are a little harder to find, although I think there are some e39 folks out there hoarding wheels especially after ECS's big wheel blowout a year a two ago.



17s would also be better for racing as tires would be much cheaper . On a more serious note though for anyone who is actually concerned with weight there are lightweight wheels out there that will allow you to go to 18s or maybe even 19s without gaining too much weight and perhaps in extreme cases actually being a lighter setup than OEM 17s (you will probably need to compare tire weight too).
  • OEM style 42 17x8 20.679lbs
  • OEM style 42 18x8 24.229lbs
  • OEM style 42 18x9 24.692lbs
  • OEM style 37 18x8 22.6lbs
  • OEM style 37 18x9 23.2lbs
  • BBS RGR 18x8.5 19.4lbs
  • BBS RGR 18x10 21.5lbs
  • Volk TE37 18x8.5 16lbs
  • Fikse and Dinan also make lightweight wheels



Check out that M5 board thread Dennis gave you it has tons of wheel pics.
Here are some of my favorites
  1. OEM style 37s
  2. BBS RGR
  3. AC Schnitzer Type III one piece
  4. Style 42 18"
  5. Dinan
  6. HRE (don't remember the model name)
  7. HRE (don't remember the model name)
  8. Alpina
  9. Style 69
Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:01 PM
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I'm between the 20" style 32's and the 20" BBS LM's. Keep in mind I'm not a racer dude.... I have an automatic transmission. Just lookin for the cleanest look. Thanks to all who have participated in this thread! Dope suggestions!
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:14 AM
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Hi

Every answer or suggestion under the sun would make for a potentially massive thread!

Can you confirm you want 20 inch only?
what kind of budget do you have in mind for the wheels?
what kind of budget do you have in mind for the rest of what's needed to run 20's properly?

Once you answer those questions, you'll get more useful and better tailored responses ...

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:13 PM
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Hi

Every answer or suggestion under the sun would make for a potentially massive thread!

Can you confirm you want 20 inch only?
what kind of budget do you have in mind for the wheels?
what kind of budget do you have in mind for the rest of what's needed to run 20's properly?

Once you answer those questions, you'll get more useful and better tailored responses ...

Cheers, Dennis!
Thanks for your input.
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