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7 Series - F01 / F02 (2009 - current)
The new re-designed 7 series F01 / F02 leads off the BMW Fxx chassis code!

View Poll Results: Wheels Options, to lower or not
Stock 19" (beautiful design I think), lowered w/ spacers 6 35.29%
21" Axis Allies, not lowered, but with meatier tires 6 35.29%
22" Vossen or similar concave design (ride comfort sacrificed?) 5 29.41%
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:22 AM
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Question Wheels Options, Lowering or Stock?

Fellow 7 Heads,

Like many of you, I've come to dislike my RFTs and feel it's time to take the leap and switch to Non-RFTs.

Presented with the opportunity to "upgrade", the mod addict in me is screaming: "WHEELS!"

Now, I use my car for work (Realtor) and semi-frequently have clients in the car. From what I've read, people are experiencing a more comfortable ride on Non-RFTs. So far, so good.

I love having an aggressive stance, but don't want to lose functionality or comfort.


Questions I have for those that currently have any of the below options:

How is the ride? Are 22" wheels with Non-RFTs comparable to the 19" WITH RFT?


I've narrowed my options down to the following:

(All options include a switch to Non-RFTs)

1) Keep the stock 19" BMW forged wheels, lower the car with H&R springs, and add spacers, save $ for more goodies down the road



2) 21" Axis Allies - don't lower, add meatier tires



3) 22" Vossen or similar concave design

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Old 07-02-2013, 10:51 AM
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I like option (2) , and nothing wrong with a nice set of 303's with none RF tires? What I did & rides beautiful
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:27 PM
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I also vote for #2. I got something similar, Forgestar F14's in 20's presently in fabrication. Tires are much much cheaper with many more options in 20 vs 21's.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:57 PM
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#2 looks hawt, and I usually hate aftermarket wheels
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:22 PM
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Whatever you do, change out the run flats. I can not express how much of an improvement they are over normal t ires.

I vehemently oppose them, they're heavier, more vulnerable, cost more, compromise ride greatly, wear faster... The only thing you need when you get normal t ires is either a t ire inflator kit that is as heavy as a 12 pack of soda, or a donut spare in the trunk.

I'll never buy another BMW and leave the t ires on, EVER. I wish BMW would let us special order normal t ires

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As far as the wheels, I love the 252s on darker colored 7er's. Whatever you like the best!

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My vote went to #2. Any idea of what size tires are on the back?
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Ok, just re read this thread. Why is my vote the only one showing up if others say they like #2? Are some of you forgetting to vote?

My order of preference is #2, #3 then #1.
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I vote for #4: 20" 303m wheels w/ go flats.

Since I had to choose 1, 2 or 3, I went with #1.

Besides the style you prefer, how your clients perceive the look may be of importance in your choice.

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Interesting question, because it's for work, you might "scare" off some older clients with those #3 wheels, I voted #2, and would add it is a "safer" choice, especially with the work you're involved in...
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I vote 21" and lower it.
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Thanks for the input guys. After thinking about it some more, I'm leaning towards option #2.

Although tire choices are somewhat limited, I think it's the best compromise between looks & comfort.

Also, as some pointed out, I can't be overly aggressive with the look due to dealing with clients. I'm just hoping the wheel gap won't be too bad and I can stay at stock ride height. I'm not a fan of the stretched tire look, and hope I can get some wider tires on the 21" wheels. Lowering might make that difficult.

Update: Spoke with Axis Wheels today, and they used the H&R Sport Springs. Looks like that's the way to go.

Modding is a slippery slope...

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all of the cars u posted other than the stock one is lowered, so I think a drop is in your future!! That being said 21's or 22's will look great.
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Check my profile page for pictures of before and after lowering. Lowering brings it all together.
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Check my profile page for pictures of before and after lowering. Lowering brings it all together.
I agree. I believe lowering just makes it complete regardless of 21" or 22"
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21' with lowering is the best choice, but tires are way more expensive. :/
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21' with lowering is the best choice, but tires are way more expensive. :/
Agreed. On average expect to spend $800-$1200 more per tire change for 21's vs 20's. If you can justify the cost every few years then 21's are the way to go. If not, 20's are the next best option.
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Wheels Options, Lowering or Stock?

I vote number 3 the vossens as I have the same rims. Those are Cv-1's I have the alloy and chrome lip ones in 22". I think I may add them to my 7 but not to sure, as I don't want to compromise the ride quality.


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On average expect to spend $800-$1200 more per tire change for 21's vs 20's. If you can justify the cost every few years then 21's are the way to go. If not, 20's are the next best option.
The tires I'm looking at cost like ~$100 more when going to 21" vs 20". The difference really is negligible.

That said, I just need to find a reasonable place to install my springs. Don't want to pay $1000 to lower my car.
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That said, I just need to find a reasonable place to install my springs. Don't want to pay $1000 to lower my car.
Yikes, $1000! The best I found in SoCal was $250 for lowering.
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The tires I'm looking at cost like ~$100 more when going to 21" vs 20". The difference really is negligible.
Which ones are those?
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I wouldnt suggest 22's unless ur ready for all the headaches that come along with keeping a tire pressure gauge in ur pocket and also watching for the tire monitor hoping that you dont get that low tire signal. I would probably stick with 20's at this point to be honest and lower it. IMO when it comes to looks, 21 inch wheels for these cars are just perfect but you sacrifice with always worrying about the potholes etc and low tire pressure signals.

Im not a fan of aftermarket wheels but Vossens are definitely sweet and probably the exception.
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i wouldnt suggest 22's unless ur ready for all the headaches that come along with keeping a tire pressure gauge in ur pocket and also watching for the tire monitor hoping that you dont get that low tire signal. I would probably stick with 20's at this point to be honest and lower it. Imo when it comes to looks, 21 inch wheels for these cars are just perfect but you sacrifice with always worrying about the potholes etc and low tire pressure signals.
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I'm a R.E broker in FL here. Love #3, but would go with #2 for obvious reasons relating to our profession.
Please post pics once completed.
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