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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-20-2015, 09:23 AM
X5done X5done is offline
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X5 35d with 21"?

Just got a set of the style 215 OEM used. The look awesome, but I am not sure if I should use them or not. The tires are about 80%.

I have set of 18 for the winter tires, and a set of 19 for all season. The 18 ride smother but I do not like the handling when cornering. The 19" look better, but there is not much improvement over the 18"s.

With the 21 I will probably have to change the flares. The car will finally look like it is supposed to, but I am afraid that the wheels will get ruined. ( nj). I am also not sure I will like the harsher ride. Although I have an e83 so I am kind of used to harsh rides.

I also need to sell one of the sets. Does anybody have experience with the 21? No adaptive drive.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:47 PM
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It would end up looking like this to the owner of the pic, that is a great looking car)

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Old 01-20-2015, 06:01 PM
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Love the look, not the ride or the tire prices ... Sell the 215's to the next (un)lucky X5 owner.
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:29 PM
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I have 215's with dunlop rubber on them on a 11 x5 35d. The ride is harsher, but the cornering is dramatically better then with 18's. You would want to get the flares as they will stick out past the standard flares in the rear and it looks a bit silly (I had to sawp mine - quite easy to do). Also the dunlops wear fast, my fronts already have pretty significant feathering after about 10,000km.

So overall your trading practicality and comfort for handling and appearance. To me the 215's make a big improvement on the looks, and even with the drawbacks I really enjoy having them on the truck in the summer.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:18 AM
Ladytee40 Ladytee40 is offline
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I have 22's on my 07 X5 4.8i and I prefer the look and can get away with it in Florida than most other places with harsh winters. The ride and handle is not bad, I have new tires on it now! Also, I'm not using run flats. I bought a spare tire kit to be safe, this vehicle was equipped with run flats initially.
To comment on your X5, I Think it really looks great. I love the staggered look and with a little bigger wheel it's give it a bit more muscle. Good Luck!
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:16 PM
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Thank you for the replies. I will get an air gun to switch the tires faster and do it at home. As soon as we get some the days above 40 degrees I will try them and see.
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