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      05-28-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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Thoughts on stock 18's with black sedan...

Hi all - I'm working up my order list for a fall delivery (hey, its never too early). I'm partial to 18's in general vs. 19's since:

I track the car frequently and burn through rubber!
This is my DD so I may put snows on in the winter
18" tires are much more common and cheaper than 19's
Softer ride for the newborn
I like the graphite look vs. shiny in general
$1200 option for the 19's, I could save a few bucks since the M3 is already pushing my budget

Anyway, all the pics I've seen the 18's look great with lighter colored cars (white, red) but I dont like as much with black.

What do you all think about the 18's on a jet black sedan? I normally like the contrast on black.... tia
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It's really up to you, as you know. I think the 18's look terrible no matter the exterior color, but there are other who feel the opposite. Just personal preference. If you're hesitant however, get the 19s or upgrade after you purchase. You want to be completely satisfied with your purchase. No sense in paying money to be unhappy.
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It's really up to you, as you know. I think the 18's look terrible no matter the exterior color, but there are other who feel the opposite. Just personal preference. If you're hesitant however, get the 19s or upgrade after you purchase. You want to be completely satisfied with your purchase. No sense in paying money to be unhappy.
I personally like the 18's and think they look great with space grey or sparkling graphite. I also like the look of the taller sidewall on the 18" vs. the 19". Looks more like a real race car (F1) to me. However, I agree completly with eluder's conclusion. My thoughts on matters of taste shouldn't affect your decision. If you are having second thoughts, well think carefully about it before deciding and look at a lot of pics here.
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^^^ yup, look at LOTS of pictures before deciding. (I personally like the look of the 18's)
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I like the look of the 18's on AW/Melbourne/Space Grey/Graphite/Black coupes & sedan.
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Same problem, just agreed on Jet Black also with the wife but we think the combo makes the car look very dark. If your going to track your car, keep the 18s for the track, throw on some real race rubber when your ready and get some 19's afterwards for the daily driver rims. Keeps the initial cost low and gets you a set of play rims.
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Same problem, just agreed on Jet Black also with the wife but we think the combo makes the car look very dark. If your going to track your car, keep the 18s for the track, throw on some real race rubber when your ready and get some 19's afterwards for the daily driver rims. Keeps the initial cost low and gets you a set of play rims.
I would LOVE to do this however up here in the north I spend the $$$ on an extra set of rim\tires for winter driving Pushing the wife for a 3rd set of rims\tires for the track might be just too much
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Same problem, just agreed on Jet Black also with the wife but we think the combo makes the car look very dark. If your going to track your car, keep the 18s for the track, throw on some real race rubber when your ready and get some 19's afterwards for the daily driver rims. Keeps the initial cost low and gets you a set of play rims.
Did you get to see the combo in person?
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I like the gunmetal 18" look, especially with jet black. When I get aftermarket rims, I'm gonna go gunmetal with a jet black exterior.
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No one can help you make a decision solely on taste as each person may think differently as you will already have noted but when things turn to more technically matters then the 18" will be the better combination. It will have a softer transition at the limits of grip, it will ride better, the steering should also feel sweeter and there is the matter of cheaper replacements. But all of the above will be slight improvements, it's really up to you whether these improvements out weigh the smaller diameter alloy.
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I saw a car with this exact combo the other day in Ypsilanti, MI. It looked absolutely menacing. I mean it was just the baddest ass sedan I've ever seen in person. It really made me think twice about IB for a moment (but just for a moment). I too really like those 18s.

But regardless, if I were you, I'd get a second set of wheels for the winter tires. That way its a very quick job to change them and you could potentially do it yourself in a pinch. Also, its a lot less wear and tear on the both the wheels and the tires. You'll be able to pick up stock 18's on ebay for a song soon anyway. Or, as noted in another thread, you could use four E46 M3 rears also for winters and those are available in used condition at for like $500 for all four.
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You'll be able to pick up stock 18's on ebay for a song soon anyway. Or, as noted in another thread, you could use four E46 M3 rears also for winters and those are available in used condition at for like $500 for all four.
I have a set of 4 hyper black csl rep's from my E46 M3 winter use, the offset is 40mm front and 22 rear. Will these fit on the E90 M3?
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I have both 18's and 19's and much prefer the 18's on a dark car.
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18s on black ftw.
Dude, your car looks hot with the 18's do you have additional pics of them? I would get JB, however I dont think it will make much of a difference.
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I have a set of 4 hyper black csl rep's from my E46 M3 winter use, the offset is 40mm front and 22 rear. Will these fit on the E90 M3?
Not sure I'd use those fronts without a spacer (and I'm no fan of spacers personally). They might fit without them, but you might run into clearance issues on the inside plus the car probably won't handle right, and also it will look dorky IMHO.
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18's on black looks sick!
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Hi all - I'm working up my order list for a fall delivery (hey, its never too early). I'm partial to 18's in general vs. 19's since:

I track the car frequently and burn through rubber!
This is my DD so I may put snows on in the winter
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Anyway, all the pics I've seen the 18's look great with lighter colored cars (white, red) but I dont like as much with black.

What do you all think about the 18's on a jet black sedan? I normally like the contrast on black.... tia
I have the 18s on a Jerez Black sedan. I think they look great on this car. Strangers stop me to tell me how great they think the car looks, too.

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