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      10-07-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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Anyone prefer 18s?

I just put my original 18s back on the car and think I've decided I'm not going back to the 19s. I think I prefer the comfort and the look. I notice very few people on here actually prefer 18s. Anyone else out there a fan of 18s?

Is there an actual performance difference between 18s and 19s given same tires?
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      10-07-2011, 01:09 PM   #2
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My 2008 E93 M3 came with the 18s and even though I had 20 summer wheels, after one winter of driving on the 18s and a couple track days. I quickly traded my 18s with another members 19s.

I think 18s are too small for the size of the M3. and I think the style of the 18s specifically are too busy, too many spokes to look good.

Thats just my opinion...everyone has their own!
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I'd bet the tire size on the 18 is different from the 19, but I am only speculating. If that is so, then that is the reason for the ride difference. If it is not the case, different brands may have different specs on the same size tire which can also lead to differences in ride and handling.

I prefer the 19 due to the look. I am willing to make a small sacrifice for the size over the small difference in comfort that I believe there might be.
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      10-07-2011, 01:12 PM   #4
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I think the car looks great on 18s. I go back and forth on which one I like better but IMO nothing looks better than a E90 hunkered down on 18" track wheels.
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      10-07-2011, 01:19 PM   #5
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Absolutely!

The 18's look better and ride better. Some even claim they track better, but I have no opinion there. The original graphite-colored 18" wheels on my 2008 are the best looking wheels BMW ever made for the E9X (on certain colors, including my Jerez Black). If I traded up to a 2011 today, I'd figure out some way to take my current wheels with me.

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      10-07-2011, 01:22 PM   #6
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Definitely prefer the 18s. The extra sidewall does wonders on the ride and protects the wheels better. Given the number of M3s I see around on 18s, I would imagine that a lot of people prefer them
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Specifically ordered mine with the 18s.
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18"s with a proper stance still look great to me.

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Always worth a read: 18s could have some advantages

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I'd bet the tire size on the 18 is different from the 19...
You think?

But seriously, yes the 18s have more sidewall. The rolling radius of the tire is roughly the same for both wheel sizes, which only makes sense. By and large, that's how cars with different sized wheel options are designed.

Widths are the same for the 18s and 19s too.
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I do, I have an 08 Sparkling Graphite sedan and think the gunmetal 18s set it off nicely

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I prefer the styling of the 18's vs the 19's. The only down side to the 18's is that they can be a pain in the ass to clean.
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      10-07-2011, 02:35 PM   #15
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I do, I have an 08 Sparkling Graphite sedan and think the gunmetal 18s set it off nicely

Don't think you could find a better wheel for your car...I have same wheels on E90 Interlagos Blue.
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Just FYI, did the Ring Taxi on 25 Sept and the car was on stock 18s and performed great. Driver said he preferred them over the 19s.
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I do, I have an 08 Sparkling Graphite sedan and think the gunmetal 18s set it off nicely

The gunmetal ones really are great. The only disappointing thing about my M3 is that mine are silver - bought one of the first '11s and that surprise was discovered as they were rolling off the boat. I actually like the 18s so much that I am thinking of getting a second gunmetal set for my winters
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I prefer them, but I bought my car used, and as a result, I have 19s. For the track, I'll be picking up some 18s.
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Both styles of 19's look really great on the car (359's look way better in person than in pictures) but the car drives better with the 18's on it in pretty much every way, IMO. I own the 220's and 219's and have PS2's on them both and the only thing the 19's do better is look good and turn-in's a little better. On the 18's the car is less nervous mid-corner and puts the power down better on exit

The people who like the 18's on my car seem to "get it" more than the people who like the 19's who I think just see shiny big-looking wheels
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Just FYI, did the Ring Taxi on 25 Sept and the car was on stock 18s and performed great. Driver said he preferred them over the 19s.
The Lime Rock Club driving coach and the pace car driver both told me that the LRP M3s are fastest around the track with 18s and the suspension set to the 2nd stiffest setting.



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The bling factor has influenced most everything about cars it seems, including big wheels that require paper-thin sidewall tires. The practical advantages of the 18, less expensive and broader selection of tires, more wheel protection from potholes, better ride. For experienced drivers on track, the slightly higher sidewall offers more slip angle, so the loss of grip should be just a bit better communicated and easier to handle. IMO, a good rule is to use the smallest wheel that allows sufficient brake clearance with close to OE offset.
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18s= most practical, but look awful. no thanks for me
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