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Old 04-07-2014, 08:05 AM
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Pic Request 2012 328i with 18" or 19" Wheels on Stock Non-Sport Suspension

Hi! I am new to the forum and just recently purchased a 2012 BMW 328i in Silver Glacier Metallic. It is basically a base model with the Premium and Cold Weather Packages.

I am very excited about the car! However I am upgrading the 17" stock wheels and need some advice.

I will NOT be lowering the car. I have done this on several vehicles and I will not be doing it anymore.

I am planning on purchase some 19" M5 replicas. Wondering if that will be too big given it won't be lowered or if I should go to an 18" wheel?

Would love thoughts or pics of 19" wheels on stock suspension.

I have done a TON of searches with no good luck.

Here is my car and the potential wheel choices!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:19 AM
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Congrats on the new car! I would contact a board sponsor such as ModBargains. Tell them what you are doing and they will direct you on the next step. I have 19" Avant Garde 310's staggered and they simply calculated the size tires to go with them and gave me proper advice on clearance and ride quality. Those guys know their stuff.

You will get a little harsher ride quality compared to the 17" and 18" but it depends on your taste. I feel my set is OK for me. There are several pics in the forum if you do a search. Also Mod Bargains has several pics on their site for comparison. Do a good search within and you should also get some more feedback. Good luck and great wheel selection! Looks great.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:24 AM
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the most obvious question is, and I am sure many who read the OP has the same question: Why not just get the Sport Line or M Sport Line?

We all know the combination of super soft suspension and larger wheels don't play well together....
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:35 AM
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the most obvious question is, and I am sure many who read the OP has the same question: Why not just get the Sport Line or M Sport Line?

We all know the combination of super soft suspension and larger wheels don't play well together....
+1 Very true!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:37 AM
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the most obvious question is, and I am sure many who read the OP has the same question: Why not just get the Sport Line or M Sport Line?

We all know the combination of super soft suspension and larger wheels don't play well together....
Fair question. But it comes down to $$$

I got this 2012 BMW 328i with 22K miles for $27,500 from a dealer. It is the lowest price in the country with comparable options.

The reality getting a similar car with the Sport Line or M Sport Line suspension would have increased the price by $5,000-$8,000, which is too big a jump for me.

So just wondering if anyone has put 19" wheels on their base suspension. That's all....
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:39 AM
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How does this look?
Car looks great, but is that on the non-sport base suspension?
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:26 AM
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Not sure I just love the PIC. Probably Sport though...
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Car looks great, but is that on the non-sport base suspension?
Looks lowered to me.
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19s at stock base height will look hideous. I have a base as well and the wheel gap on the base is too much for a 19. If you are not going to lower it, I would recommend not going larger than 18s otherwise you are going to look like a 4x4.

Did you get your car from Earl P? Noticed the pic is Motorwerks BMW where I got mine.

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19s at stock base height will look hideous. I have a base as well and the wheel gap on the base is too much for a 19. If you are not going to lower it, I would recommend not going larger than 18s otherwise you are going to look like a 4x4.

Did you get your car from Earl P? Noticed the pic is Motorwerks BMW where I got mine.

Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I got it from Shawn at Motorwerks.

So you feel pretty confident that a 19 wheel will look terrible?

I have a full set of 19" e46 M3 stock wheels from my car that I could try on to see if it looks okay first I guess before purchasing. That might help a lot!

Tell me about your car.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:31 PM
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Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I got it from Shawn at Motorwerks.

So you feel pretty confident that a 19 wheel will look terrible?

I have a full set of 19" e46 M3 stock wheels from my car that I could try on to see if it looks okay first I guess before purchasing. That might help a lot!

Tell me about your car.

Yes I do unfortunately. I put my wheels on first (20s) and it looked really bad. That would be a good idea to put your 19s on there. They would be the wrong offset so do not look at them from the front or rear but straight on. Whenever I see big wheels with a lot of wheel gap, my personal opinion, looks horrible. Don't have to go as low as I do, but anything over 2 finger gaps does not look good to me.

I have 2012 glacier silver as well base with Tech package, heated seats/steering wheel. It was a loaner that I got as a CPO that was loaded with pretty much everything (didn't want leather) and a great deal with no scratches. Only thing really missing is the HID lights but oh well I will live. Attached are the pics. Since then I had the windows tinted with 50%. Car is lowered on H&R coil overs with 20" Vossen CV3s.

Added the rear M-performance spoiler, painted rear reflectors and color matched front grille. Been debating to swap out for the m-performance front bumper, but so far no one I contacted in town will touch an aftermarket swap. Imola is getting their body shop together and will do it, but I am leaning towards saving the 1,000 bucks and putting that towards the new M3 or M4 in 2016/2017. Want to give it time for the excitement to wear off so not paying full boat.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:53 PM
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Yes I do unfortunately. I put my wheels on first (20s) and it looked really bad. That would be a good idea to put your 19s on there. They would be the wrong offset so do not look at them from the front or rear but straight on. Whenever I see big wheels with a lot of wheel gap, my personal opinion, looks horrible. Don't have to go as low as I do, but anything over 2 finger gaps does not look good to me.

I have 2012 glacier silver as well base with Tech package, heated seats/steering wheel. It was a loaner that I got as a CPO that was loaded with pretty much everything (didn't want leather) and a great deal with no scratches. Only thing really missing is the HID lights but oh well I will live. Attached are the pics. Since then I had the windows tinted with 50%. Car is lowered on H&R coil overs with 20" Vossen CV3s.

Added the rear M-performance spoiler, painted rear reflectors and color matched front grille. Been debating to swap out for the m-performance front bumper, but so far no one I contacted in town will touch an aftermarket swap. Imola is getting their body shop together and will do it, but I am leaning towards saving the 1,000 bucks and putting that towards the new M3 or M4 in 2016/2017. Want to give it time for the excitement to wear off so not paying full boat.

That looks really really good
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That looks really really good
Thank you sir.
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Here's a 2012 328i Modern Line with the standard 18s. I bet you could get a set of 18" OEM take-offs on eBay.
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Here's a 2012 328i Modern Line with the standard 18s. I bet you could get a set of 18" OEM take-offs on eBay.
Thank you! That looks nice!
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WOW! That's Beautiful!

If I'm not mistaken (and pretty sure that I'm not ), when plus sizing the wheels, the diameter stays the same, but the tire aspect (sidewall height) goes down. The distance in wheel gap will stay the same, but probably look bigger because of less tire to visually compare it to.

Which M5 reps are you looking at? I've been thinking of doing the same thing, except in 18".
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