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Old 12-22-2004, 06:37 PM   #1
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My car was inspected today!!!

I took my 92 325i for a Maryland Inspection so I could apply for my tags. I want to thank you guys for answering all my questions. On top of doing the inspection, the guy realized that all, and I mean all of my rims were bent. Apparently, the pervious owner liked to hit his rims on curbs. This is something I didn't notice at all; but he said that that was probably the reason I felt alot of vibration when I got above 50 mph. I was planning on taking it to the dealer so they could figure out what was wrong with it. Does this guy's analysis sound right? And if so, what kind of rims should I get. The guy at the inspection place told me that 16s would be just right, and 17s would be almost too big and cause me to have a rough ride; does this sound right? What kind of rims look good on e36s (mind you, I'm in college, so think budget ,lol). Thanks in advance for answering my questions. Also, is there any tutorial on how to tune up my e36 myself, or would it be cheaper to take it to a private shop to get it done? Thanks.
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Old 12-22-2004, 08:12 PM   #2
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hey.. yes his analysis sounds right.
he's right.. 16's will look best with the most comfortable ride. (look at the pic in my sig.. that's on 16's)...

however, if comfort is not than issue then 17's or 18's are more suitable... however it's also easier to bend your rims.

If you're on a budget, depending on which rims are ont he car now... your cheapest option might be just to get the 4 existing rims straightened.
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Old 12-23-2004, 11:22 AM   #3
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17's on an E36?

Since you live in Maryland. If possible, do what a lot of us up here do - use 16's or even 15's and slap some winter/snow tires on. Then, I know you're on a budget, but wait for some good affordable 17's to come up.

Here are a few pics of my car on 17's on 235/40/17 rubber. Completely stock. Only a sport pkg drop. I know...the car needs to be lowered!!

In all honesty, the ride is quite comfortable. BMW black magic suspension design!

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