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Old 06-18-2008, 03:24 PM   #16
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yea your right i am gonna go with the 19". there are great response about them, but regarding the off set educate me jus a lil bit, what should i be looking for??? The ones i plan on getting the size is 19X8.5 in the front and 19X9.5 in the rear
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Old 06-18-2008, 03:31 PM   #17
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I'm running 19's (last month upgraded from 18's) and didn't notice a difference.. mind you, the 18's weighed as much as my 19's now. I'm running Koni adj shocks and springs.. lowered about 2.25" all around. Amazingly smooth. Come out to this Friday's meet and i'll show you how nice the ride is.
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Old 06-18-2008, 04:51 PM   #18
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your ride is sick randy! cleanly modded. it looks dumped.. what suspension are you on?
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:39 PM   #19
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your ride is sick randy! cleanly modded. it looks dumped.. what suspension are you on?
Its in his post
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I'm running 19's (last month upgraded from 18's) and didn't notice a difference.. mind you, the 18's weighed as much as my 19's now. I'm running Koni adj shocks and springs.. lowered about 2.25" all around. Amazingly smooth. Come out to this Friday's meet and i'll show you how nice the ride is.
Yeah i saw this car in person, its sick.


As for the OP, I have 18s on my e46 and they look small from a far, 19s look so much better. I personally wouldn't go 19s cause I live downtown and drive my car everywhere. But if i lived in the suburbs with nice roads then I would rock 19 no question about it.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:44 PM   #21
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RANDY. thats my fkin car lol..... loooks real nice
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:50 AM   #22
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Car's lookin sweet Randy!
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Thanks for the props guys.. I purchased the car off Windsorbmw back in April, and did a few mods since then (changed springs, wheels, lights, lip, stereo...). It's an automatic tranny for commuting to/from work (downtown). The ride is excellent with the shocks set on 20% (almost stock-like)... it's nice to just turn the dampening knob to get a rock-hard ride for weekend track days/autoX.

Back to the OP (original post)... the size of the wheels don't really make a difference in the ride when comparing 18s to 19s. If the weight of the wheels remain the same, and the type of ultra-high performance rubber (Z-rated) is also maintained.. the 18's will feel just as harsh. I've driven on 45 & 50 series (aspect ratio) 15" tires that are Z rated (R-comps) with extremely hard sidewalls that felt just as hard as a 30 series 20". When the sidewalls are reinforced that much, there is hardly NO flex... regardless of aspect ratio. (Suspension aside) overall weight of wheel/tire pkg will make more of a difference in ride, and the wheels you're considering tnd- -b look very heavy.

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it looks dumped.. what suspension are you on?
When I bought the car, it had Koni sport (yellow) adj shocks and Koni springs. I didn't like the "raked" look that the original koni springs gave, so I swapped out just the rear springs for a set of Spax. I think we all know how low any Spax/Apex springs give, so this was a sure bet to lower the rear to match the front... at it did! The spring rates were the same as Koni (printed on the spring itself) so the ride didn't suffer. Despite the aggressive drop and 19"x 9" wheels, I get absolutely no rubbing.. even with 5 bodies in the car and a trunk full of luggage.

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:47 PM   #25
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She's looking beautiful as always!
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:27 PM   #26
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You just showed me a vision on my car only diffrent rims i hab basicaly the same plans for mine, i have a silver 4dr e46 also. uhm how much did you lower it, it looks real nice.
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