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      10-07-2011, 05:16 PM   #23
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Obligatory "Buy a Lexus" post.

The logic of buying a high performance car and then compromising the performance in the name of style escapes me.

If you like the looks of huge rims buy a Lexus.



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      10-07-2011, 05:25 PM   #24
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19"s are for people who like to look good in the M3
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18"s are for people who like to feel good in their M3.

Personally, I like the look of the BBS 18"s better too.

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      10-07-2011, 05:29 PM   #25
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19"s are for people who like to look good in the M3
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18"s are for people who like to feel good in their M3.

Personally, I like the look of the BBS 18"s better too.

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Is there a happy medium?
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18"s with a proper stance still look great to me.

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How did you achieve this proper stance ?
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      10-07-2011, 06:38 PM   #27
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Is there a happy medium?
Of course.

You can always install 18.5" rims.

The downside is that they are not easy to find.

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if you believe everyone's opinions, then you should be aware that if you have 18's, you drive a civic.

If you don't give a shit about what other's think, then check this out:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...ght=modded+18s
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Love my 18's. Unfortunately like someone else said previously - my 2011 came with silver ones which I don't care for as much as the gunmetal color. Time to powder coat I suppose...
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I'm all for 18s, they look great and ride well, even if I went after market rims I'd still get 18s.
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i have to say, the 2011 silver 18's look decent on a AW car. But yeah, graphite is the way to go, i have no idea why they would switch it up when ppl love the old 18s. It think it's the best OEM non optional wheels BMW ever had on their cars.
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There is a middle ground
Most people don't like 18s because there is too much tire visible
So the solution is to get wider tires, and a lower profile
I've seen 255/35, 275/35 on 18s and they look a lot better
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I have 18s for practicality. Less likely to bend and tires are cheaper. I think 19s with the lower profile tires offser slightly sharper handling. I offset the handling deficit by buying wider Apex ARC8s that I will eventually fit with wider than stock tires to provide better than stock grip, and putting snows on my stock 18s. I think 18s look fine, but 19s look slightly better.
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I like the color of the stock 18" wheels for the M3 and the ride that I ordered ARC-8 18" wheels in Anthracite (looks exactly the same almost) because I wanted to not use spacers anymore with my APracing BBK. Looks awesome! Pic's later as i'm doing some restore work.
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EW!

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.
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More than the 19s?
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I think the gunmetal OEM 18s are the best looking and most functional OEM rim. Unfortunately, I have silver.

While they are PIA to clean, I don't imagine that either 19" rim is any easier.

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I have 18s for practicality. Less likely to bend and tires are cheaper. I think 19s with the lower profile tires offser slightly sharper handling. I offset the handling deficit by buying wider Apex ARC8s that I will eventually fit with wider than stock tires to provide better than stock grip, and putting snows on my stock 18s. I think 18s look fine, but 19s look slightly better.
I will bet that our cars handle better with 18s.
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I like them a lot in gunmetal, lowered, and spacers
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      10-07-2011, 11:31 PM   #38
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While I agree the 18's in gunmetal look great when looking at the wheel but the e90 is just too big now and 19s really are a more balanced look. Given the very similar performance I think its worth it to have 19s if you prefer the look. I do not think your giving up much by going with 19s over 18s in performance. Perhaps comfort. So go with which one looks and feels better.

I just think the old m3 is the right size for 18s but e90 is much too large
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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?
19 inch for the summer and 18 inch for the winter
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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?
I love my 18's pretty comfy when needed too
but only because I don't have the 19's
I love the looks as well and i think their size fits the car more than the 18's
the problem is that i hear these 19's are extremely hard on the road...
so that makes me feel very good about my 18's
but regardless, i am always eyeing the 19"
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Don't think you could find a better wheel for your car...I have same wheels on E90 Interlagos Blue.
Thanks man, they must look great on IB

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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
I agree, apparently the gunmetal ones fetch a slight premium over the silver ones but I have no plans to change my rims
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