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Old 04-22-2014, 08:02 AM
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New female bmw owner, need help/opinions

I just bought an e92 3 series and I'm looking to buy some wheels. I am very new at modifying cars so I pretty much don't even know where to start. A car friend told me to do my research before putting $$$$ down on wheels that might not even work for my car.

Any suggestions on where to start/ what i should be looking for?
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OMG it's a GIRL on the WEBZ!

So, uhm, what's your sign? Is your favorite color blue and white? Do you drive auto or stick?

In terms of wheels, a good place to try is tirerack.com They have great articles on the types of wheels available, the pros/cons. They also sell a boatload of wheels, at a good price. Step 2 is to find wheels that make you say "ohh, I wanna drop a few thousand dollars".

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Old 04-22-2014, 08:37 AM
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Hi and welcome. If I were in your position, I would go to a custom rim store and start asking a lot of questions. A lot of the decision is deciding on what style wheels you like. OEM or aftermarket.

From the technical side, critical items are:
bolt pattern 5X120
wheel diameter 18", 19", 20"
wheel offset - example = 40ET
square or staggered setup (all 4 same size or wider in the rear)
center bore (size of the hole in the middle of the wheel)

If any of these are not conforming to your car, you will have fitment problems.

Generally, if you increase the wheel size, you decrease the tire aspect ratio.

So an 18" rim could use a 235/45/18 tire but a 19" rim would go to a 235/40/19 tire. The lower the middle number, the less sidewall you have on a tire. There are tire size calculators on the internet if you google them. The goal would be to keep the same overall diameter to the wheel/tire combo.

The internet is a great resource to learn what the terms mean. Just search for the terms and there are many sites explaining that they mean.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:42 AM
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What are your requirements? Meaning do you wish a large diameter wheel like 19", a different style wheel from what you have, a different color of wheel? Once you know what your requirements are you can source location to include our classified section in this forum.
Also be aware if you change the diameter of your wheels you need new tired and need the tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) valve stems installed too unless you transfer the ones from your current wheels over.

Welcome to the forum and do yourself a favor if you have any car issues like a check engine light before running to the dealer post on here so you don't get taken advantage of.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:18 AM
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I just bought an e92 3 series and I'm looking to buy some wheels. I am very new at modifying cars so I pretty much don't even know where to start. A car friend told me to do my research before putting $$$$ down on wheels that might not even work for my car.

Any suggestions on where to start/ what i should be looking for?
First, don't put anything bigger than 18" wheels on your car. At some point, bigger rims look silly and they will also compromise the quality of the ride. You need some sidewall to give the car a decent, comfortable ride.

The comments that talk about the bolt spacing and bore are important but tirerack.com (or similar) will typically only recommend wheels that work....so don't stress too much about it. An important consideration when picking a tire is the revolutions per mile number. The stock runflats on my car (225/45/17) revolve about 835 times per mile when new. The 235/40/18 that I'm considering on my car will revolve about 818 times per mile. That introduces an error of about 2%. Since my speedometer currently reads about 6% too fast and my odometer tracks about 1% too fast, I'm going to make my speedometer slightly more accurate and my odometer about as inaccurate (but in the other direction) than they currently are. I don't believe that the extra 1/2" width in tire will cause me problems but I'll be doing some more checking before I make the purchase later this year.

As someone else said, it might be good to go into a tire store to look at the wheels in person to get a feel for them, but I do want to mention that tirerack and others have pretty decent tools to give you an idea of what the tires will look like on your car.
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some guy has some wheels for sale in another post, maybe its your lucky day
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Just be careful and don't spend more than you need to. Lots of sharks out there when the lovely species starts having car needs. I don't trust 'em as a guy.
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Tire Rack has reviews and good deals.

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