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Old 05-17-2013, 02:49 PM
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M5 Wheels - 19" or 20" ?

Just got a used 2011 528i, have appt next week for annual svc and a not-insignificant brake vibe (I think the rotors need turning), also A/C whine (heard even over medium-to-low stereo volume) plus the software update for drivability issues, most notably a gigantic chasm of non-response from a stop when I push down on about the first inch of gas pedal travel. Then it surges forward like we wanna stoplight race, except we only made up our mind to do it just now, which is a couple seconds after the light already turned green and the other cars have already left.

Embarrassing.

I came from an '09 GS350 (also drive-by-wire throttle) that never did this.

But anyway, back to the title - if all goes well after service, I realize I can't get used to the stock 17" wheels, and I do like the five-carved-spoke look of the gunmetal/machined face M5 wheels. My question is, 19s or 20s?

I do not plan on lowering the car, already had a previous lifetime of multiple Mustangs and Camaros and even a Chrysler SRT8 where I did this and life was a scratching scraping ordeal wherever I drove, so the 528i would need to look good at stock height with whichever wheel size.

I know 19" tires can be had in runflats but not 20s, although I would not be running those anyway, the ride would probably be too punishing.

Any and all opinions appreciated, thank you kindly in advance.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:51 PM
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BTW if I'm not mistaken they are style...373? Where could I find that information, if anyone knows of a link with pictures of the different M5 wheels?

Thanks again.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:01 PM
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:03 PM
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20s all the way. I just put these wheels on my car and they look sick! The ride is still fantastic (actually even better than 19" RF that came with the car), contrary to what some have posted about 20s being "hard" or "loud".

There are some pics floating around here and I'll see if I can post a few; 20s are the way to go.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:22 PM
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Thanks guys, I am swaying towards the 20s. Does anyone know the appropriate offsets for them since they're staggered? I read somewhere it is 37 front / 33 rear?
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:37 PM
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I went with the following set-up:

Wheels: 20" Avant Garde M355 Wheels 20x9 front and 20x10.5 rear

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus 245/35/ZR20 front and 285/30/ZR20 rear

I was nervous they wouldn't be flush with the fender but they are pretty perfect.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:32 PM
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I went with the following set-up:

Wheels: 20" Avant Garde M355 Wheels 20x9 front and 20x10.5 rear

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus 245/35/ZR20 front and 285/30/ZR20 rear

I was nervous they wouldn't be flush with the fender but they are pretty perfect.

Yeah, that's exactly the tire sizes I was recommended for the 20s. But I can pick between two offset specs though, and wanted the same flush-to-fender look you have.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:21 AM
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Hmmm, so no one knows what offset/s I would need for a stock height '11 528i?
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:38 PM
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Have you tired tirerack.com? That's my starting point for size and offset info.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:21 PM
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Have you tired tirerack.com? That's my starting point for size and offset info.
Thank You kindly for trying to help me. I already input my vehicle at TireRack as a 528i, guess I will try changing it to M5?
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:58 PM
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I just purchased a pair of 20" M5 Wheels. They're caleld 343M btw. Before my purchase, I was also looking at 373M as well as the 303M. You might want to look into those as well. As for your question, I would definitely go with the 20".

If you're looking for 19", the 351M wheels are probably best.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:12 PM
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I just purchased a pair of 20" M5 Wheels. They're caleld 343M btw. Before my purchase, I was also looking at 373M as well as the 303M. You might want to look into those as well. As for your question, I would definitely go with the 20".

If you're looking for 19", the 351M wheels are probably best.
Appreciate the detailed info, thanks very much!
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