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      04-29-2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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Getting confused over track wheel setup

I have been on the track 6 times now (5 in my M3) so I am sort of hooked. No, no sort of. Anyway, my right front tire is about shot so I decided I probably should shop for a dedicated track wheel/tire setup. I would like a sqaure setup for convenience sake, but I'm having real difficulty finding 18" wheels that are going to work. I want at least a 265 width tire and would prefer a 275 option because that gives a larger tire selection. I did see the Turner Motorsports Forgeline 18" wheels for this purpose at $3500 a set, but do not know if it is necessary to invest this amount in the wheels.

I have thought maybe it would be better to put PSC + on my stock 19" wheels until more wheels with proper offsets are available. I am pretty much a track novice (1 year experience) so any thoughts would be appreciated.
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No need to spend big $$ on a set of wheels that's constantly going to get covered with corrosive brake dust.

I have an inexpensive set that is lightweight (<19lbs) and although not forged, has been proven to be very strong. They look decent too. So far 5 track days, and even on this one bumpy track where I like to crash into the bumpy rumble strips to straighten out the corners, they have held up very well. Even if I damage all four wheels, the cost to replace them together with a new set of R-comps is still cheaper than what a set of the Forgelines with tires would've cost me to begin with. In fact eight of these wheels with R-comps mounted comes out cheaper than four of the Forgelines with R-comps. I can run a set of slicks and a set of rain Hoosiers for the same price LOL!

The wheels are D-Force LTW5 18x9.5 with 12mm spacers. Nitto NT01 275/35 on all fours.
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Ditto on the D-Force LTWs. I have over 20 days on them and they're superstars. I even leave them on if the next track day is close to the last one and the Norcal roads have no effect on them.

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http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255573

Have you checked out the setup in the link above? I'm thinking about the same thing w/o the 5mm spacer in the rear. 275/35/18 on all fours with 18x10 rims.
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No need to spend big $$ on a set of wheels that's constantly going to get covered with corrosive brake dust.

I have an inexpensive set that is lightweight (<19lbs) and although not forged, has been proven to be very strong. They look decent too. So far 5 track days, and even on this one bumpy track where I like to crash into the bumpy rumble strips to straighten out the corners, they have held up very well. Even if I damage all four wheels, the cost to replace them together with a new set of R-comps is still cheaper than what a set of the Forgelines with tires would've cost me to begin with. In fact eight of these wheels with R-comps mounted comes out cheaper than four of the Forgelines with R-comps. I can run a set of slicks and a set of rain Hoosiers for the same price LOL!

The wheels are D-Force LTW5 18x9.5 with 12mm spacers. Nitto NT01 175/35 on all fours.
Thanks! Where did you purchase them and what brand of spacers? If from Bimmerworld did you get the tires there too?
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Thanks! Where did you purchase them and what brand of spacers? If from Bimmerworld did you get the tires there too?
Yes, Bimmerworld. I ordered the spacers from them too, Rogue Engineering brand, and they've been great.

I ordered the tires separately from discount tire direct online.
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