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      11-20-2006, 01:45 PM   #23
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      11-20-2006, 01:49 PM   #24
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      11-20-2006, 04:38 PM   #25
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Whatever beautiful new rim designs BMW will put them out with will be fine for me. I have always hated the bling-bling look of 95% of third party wheels, and I'm very satisfied with BMW's M wheels especially, since they're built from lighter materials and optimized for the M cars, means less unsprung mass, and we all know what that means for the handling.

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BMW M wheels are not typically made from any different materials compared to all other wheels. Even if a slightly different allow is used the density is not appreciably different. All the weight difference comes from design, not materials.

+1 to enigma as aftermarket, track specific wheel are the way to go if you are concerned about wheel weight, definitely not OEM BMW M wheels.
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      11-20-2006, 04:58 PM   #26
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Cast vs. forge

Most OEM BMW wheels are cast. Many aftermarket wheels are forged, sometimes centers as well as hoops are both forged, which makes a really nice wheel. Forging produces drastically superior strength, defect and fatigue performance. Forged parts are as much as 60% stronger than cast parts! This combined with good design can really lower the weight of a wheel. Of course bad design which focuses only on looks will usually yield a heavier product even with forged parts.
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      11-20-2006, 05:14 PM   #27
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Stock all the way. I still get comments and complements on them.
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      11-21-2006, 02:56 AM   #28
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Whenever I see a car thats lowered with some flashy aftermarket wheels on it I lose a lot of respect for the owners. Its a sign you care a lot more about looks than actual driving.
I have seen a ton of folks at BMW CCA events that can drive circles around me that are both lowered and have flashy rims! I do agree that there are certainly a lot of posers who want to look fast and will never be. Agreed also that lowering and rims are probably some of these folks most common add ons. However, damning all of us who like to show a little flash and individuality is a bit harsh, isn't it? Heck we all care about aesthetics don't we?
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      11-21-2006, 03:01 AM   #29
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I have seen a ton of folks at BMW CCA events that can drive circles around me that are both lowered and have flashy rims! I do agree that there are certainly a lot of posers who want to look fast and will never be. Agreed also that lowering and rims are probably some of these folks most common add ons. However, damning all of us who like to show a little flash and individuality is a bit harsh, isn't it? Heck we all care about aesthetics don't we?
I guess my basic approach has always been. Don't spend money on aftermarket parts that serve no purpose in the performance of the car. When buying performance parts its ok to consider the appearance but its always secondary to function.

It is somewhat ironic that I am posting on this thread since I have 3 sets of rims for the lotus.

1: OEM with 048Ms
2: Autocross, SSRs with Hoosiers
3: Track, SJ Racing with Toyo's

I also get grief because I have 3 diffrent R comps and no real street tires for the car.
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      11-21-2006, 03:26 AM   #30
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I guess my basic approach has always been. Don't spend money on aftermarket parts that serve no purpose in the performance of the car. When buying performance parts its ok to consider the appearance but its always secondary to function.
Spoken like a true purist. Although I do lean very heavily in this same direction (and my current E36 M3 is just about 100% consistent with this philosophy), I'm still just not liking the possible new M3 OEM wheels at all (the split 10 spokers ones floating around in mule shots). I bet I will like whatever hits the showroom floor better though, whether is it this wheel or a slightly improved version of it.
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      11-21-2006, 08:13 AM   #31
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id put on some round ones...:rocks:
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Iforged Aeros.
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ditto. i have black center iForged Aeros on my car and they look awesome. nice lip on the wheels and lightweight 3-piece forged wheels.
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      11-22-2006, 07:09 PM   #34
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well if i have 9 grand to spend on rims, i will go for HREs in a heart beat
but i like the "competition" rims on previous model, e46.
i like the stock look and if i want to do any mods, probably a drop
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RAC Monolites...either a 9.5 or 10 in wide front....and depending on the fender flare of the rear.....anywhere from 10in to 11in. rear....depending on the fenderflare/inner fender wall dimensions.
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