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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 04-12-2015, 04:48 PM
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Lightbulb Please tell me I'm "crazy" - considering style 132 on my 528?

Folks, I have BMW factory wheels 19" style 132 staggered with tires off my X5. Been trying to sell them with no luck- and then a "crazy" thought crept into my mind- how about installing these wheels on my '97 528 that now has 17" style 66 staggered? Would they even fit without extensive modifications to the car (other than lower springs) or wheels or look just plain silly? Just toying with the idea.... Thoughts or experiences? Wheels 9x19 front, 10x19 rear with tires 255/50-19 (Front), 285/45-19 (Rear).

Edit: Just saw a few pics of E39 with 132 wheels- not bad but DEFINITELY the tires have to be thinner by observation.
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:28 PM
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Yeah, you're crazy.

Ew.

Edit: IMHO, they look awkward. Reminds me of a kid trying to walk in their parents shoes... just doesn't look good, but that's my 2 cents.
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They dont look to bad. I say go for it.
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Not bad!!! Go for it...
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:29 PM
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Are the bore holes the same as our E39 or will you be running hub adapters?
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:07 AM
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Not installing them- some one is buying them. Phew
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The rears wouldn't have fit anyway - too mucho width. By about 10cm at least (that's 4") and even then, it might touch. The fronts are also quite on the wide side....
They don't look bad on that pic, is that a photoshop?
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Hi,

They're also heavier than E39 specification oem wheels, by quite an amount, so if you did get them on, you'd most likely feel the difference via the steering wheel. With 50 and 45 profiles, they're simply too big of a profile for use on the E39.

They don't look very nice, on the X5, nor would have on the E39.

You'd have had to change the tyres for sure, they're way too big on rolling radius for the E39. 245/35/19 and 275/30/19 being the ideal for 19's, but you can get away with 235/35/19 and 265/30/19.

Doru - you are quite a way off. 9x19's and 10x19's easily fit on the E39, it's the offset which needs to be looked at carefully. I run 9.5x19 all around on my car for instance and I know 10 inch on the front can work relatively easily as well. For the rear, 10s can easily work again, if you were to perhaps choose the ever popular and sought after BBS LM wheels, then E39 spec was 8.5x19 F and 10x19 R as an ideal for the E39.

Lastly, glad they're being shifted off !

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Old 04-13-2015, 11:13 AM
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Thank you Dennis. I replaced them with 20" style 87 staggered. What a dramatic difference! My X5 now looks much more aggressive and sporty.

Saw a few more pics of 132 on E39- they're actually not that bad looking, I think. One of the pics shiows a 10x19 in the rear.
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