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      07-26-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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My BMW Style 5 Wheel Adventure

I wanted to share my knowledge and adventure of bringing my vision of BMW Style 5's on my 128i to life! I'm new to the forum and this is one of my first posts so I hope you enjoy and I hope it is useful. A couple weeks ago I was searching the internet and stumbled upon some BMW Style 5 wheels a.k.a BBS RC090 (not the BBS RC's that you see on VW's).

I live in Ohio and the wheels were all the way in California and the previous guy who had them did a great job with polishing.



They were listed as 17X8 with an offset of +20 and I was afraid that they were going to be too aggressive, so I posted the question of whether they would fit or rub and I got a lot of responses that I would need to either pull and roll my fenders or adjust the camber to make them fit.

This morning they arrived and I was really excited (I still get excited Christmas Eve..) so I unboxed them, grabbed my tires that came from Tire Rac, threw them in the Ford Exploder and took them to get mounted.



After Mounting and balancing:



"Test" fitting at home:
Looking good!





So now came the real test as to whether these beauties would fit or not. I was a bit skeptical about them fitting because of the offset, but luckily they fit without any rubbing whatsoever in the back or the front. I've tested with full lock to lock turning and full load.

Here she is with the new wheels on!





A couple of general things to mention for anyone out there that wants to do this to help with fitment and what I did. I have Hankook V12 tires with 205 45 17 size wheels and I also bought a hub centric centering ring since the hub diameter is slightly larger on the Style 5's. Other than those two things, I reused the same lug bolts and had not problems with anything! In the future I may lower it an inch or so, but I am happy with how they look and the standard ride height.

Hopefully this thread will help with answering some questions about fitment on our 1 Series BMW's and I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thanks!!
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      07-26-2014, 08:51 PM   #2
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Awesome. So they are RC's after all!!
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      07-26-2014, 09:12 PM   #3
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Awesome. So they are RC's after all!!
Haha yessir!
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      07-26-2014, 09:48 PM   #4
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Your car looks great with your new wheels! I bet you're excited with the new look and can't stop staring at your car.

Thanks for also sharing your wheel & tire specs and whether it rubs or not. I'm sure this will help the community out big time. It's the way it should be.
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I honestly wasn't expecting them to look as good as they do. And will look 1000x better if you got rid of some of that wheel gap. Thanks for sharing
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      07-27-2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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To each his own.., but wtf ugly
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      07-27-2014, 01:53 PM   #7
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To each his own.., but wtf ugly
Hey, what's your fucking problem man?
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needs to be a bit lower and maybe you should have gone for 18s but they look decent overall
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needs to be a bit lower and maybe you should have gone for 18s but they look decent overall
18" style 5s are a bit harder to come by.

I thought about doing a setup similar to this, but 17s were a bit small all the way around (I wish my fronts were 18s as I'm very low). They look good on there. But not my personal style for the 1 series. I'm sure you're very happy with the new outcome!
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Hey, what's your fucking problem man?
he's entitled to his opinion

which was "wtf ugly"

whereas you just went at him.

must everyone on this forum say bravo, looks good?

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needs to be a bit lower and maybe you should have gone for 18s but they look decent overall
Thanks! Do you think an inch maybe with H&R Sport Springs would do it? Or should I go lower than that. I am wanting to avoid having to buy new shocks and struts right now, but I agree, I think it would look a lot better a little lower.
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      07-29-2014, 10:51 AM   #12
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These wheels must be an acquired taste. Personally I think Style 5's look a little too old fashioned for the 1 series. And it's kind of weird I don't dig it because I really like the look of CCW Classics on these cars, and they're styled somewhat similarly. But it's your car, akerns! If you like them then roll with them!
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      07-29-2014, 11:25 AM   #13
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      07-29-2014, 05:52 PM   #14
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Very classy
Thank ya sir! I love the classic look of these wheels. I think it's kinda cool to mix the old school with the newer 1 series. The lips on these in person are just beautiful and I've gotten a ton of good comments on them from random people just driving down the road! I feel like a lot of wheels are overplayed on the 1 series (but do look nice!) so it feels fresh to change it up a bit and roll with some classics.
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I like em..
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Nope 17s are perfect for the 1er especially when your a function guy!
akerns429 lower your car and you'll be golden. My setup is 17s too and I think it looks better then 18s







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Nope 17s are perfect for the 1er especially when your a function guy!
akerns429 lower your car and you'll be golden. My setup is 17s too and I think it looks better then 18s







Wow looking good! What suspension setup are you running? I still want it to be functional as it's my daily driver, but I definitely want to get rid of that wheel gap! Are H&R springs pretty good?
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Wow looking good! What suspension setup are you running? I still want it to be functional as it's my daily driver, but I definitely want to get rid of that wheel gap! Are H&R springs pretty good?
see his sig; he's running H&R. They are a reputable brand. I've had many cars with springs/cup kits and many with coils.

For the price of ST coilovers I couldn't justify only getting springs (although I haven't moved the coils from when I got them-the ability to change the ride height to your exact preferences is a big deal in my opinion)

But to each there own, that's a phenomenal set up on his 17s, makes me desire a more meaty tire set up if I ever buy another set of wheels
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see his sig; he's running H&R. They are a reputable brand. I've had many cars with springs/cup kits and many with coils.

For the price of ST coilovers I couldn't justify only getting springs (although I haven't moved the coils from when I got them-the ability to change the ride height to your exact preferences is a big deal in my opinion)

But to each there own, that's a phenomenal set up on his 17s, makes me desire a more meaty tire set up if I ever buy another set of wheels
Oh okay thanks! If I decided to go with H&R's, let's say just the ones that drop an inch, would I have to replace the shocks and struts as well? I used to have an old Jetta that I ran Konis and Neuspeed springs on, but they were a 2 inch drop. The springs would definitely not work with the stocks shock/struts for that application, but what about a mild drop?
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Oh okay thanks! If I decided to go with H&R's, let's say just the ones that drop an inch, would I have to replace the shocks and struts as well? I used to have an old Jetta that I ran Konis and Neuspeed springs on, but they were a 2 inch drop. The springs would definitely not work with the stocks shock/struts for that application, but what about a mild drop?
depends on mileage of vehicle, but in all honesty the struts were not designed to be loaded in that manner from factory so life expectancy is considerably less with lowering springs--that's true for any car from a desing/engineering perspective.

Its a hit and miss issue with most aftermarket products, people will tell you they don't need changed and that they are fine. On a mild drop that's probably true, they will ride perfectly fine. Unless you are slightly strapped for cash though, I would replace them all together for ease of job and for the fact that its really aggravating to have to take it all back apart to replace struts in XXXXX miles.

Good Springs are in the $300-$400 range, full cup kits (springs, struts, etc) its $700-$800 range, and I paid $860 shipped for my coilovers
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you gotta drop it man. like you said they're aggressive. looks awkward at such a high ride height.
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I believe I got these

http://www.bimmerzone.com/product/HR-29187.html

I bought them from a forum member brand new for 100 dollars. Because the winter setup he had was too aggressive when he was going to use these springs. My car is a sports package so it already sits lower then your car in stock form and the the struts are M sport Aswell. So when I installed these on my car it was just a barely lowered then my stock Msport height from the sports package. My struts only had 14k miles at the time I installed these and I was going to replace my struts way later down the road with koni yellow adjustable. My current setup in the pictures seen have about 5 laps on the nurburgring and before the new wheels I had out about 22 laps on the nurburgring with the stock wheels and H&R springs and they still drive just fine!

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