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      06-20-2012, 02:59 AM   #133
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thanks, but fark that website was doing my head in, i need a beer now BYE
Would you prefer a german site?
Thanks but after a couple beers I don't give a shit. Don't get me wrong they are nice wheels and all but.... Fark that jap site gave me a headache and I'll stick with the 3 sets I already got

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      06-20-2012, 03:08 AM   #134
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These came in today
Love these wheels!... well done on the choice & colour

Not sure they'd hold up on NSW roads
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      06-20-2012, 05:06 AM   #135
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Great choice and colour, there going to look amazing!!
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Love the wheels..

Make sure you get a set of wheel locks too!
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Haha, I see you signed up to the fred forums today. Were you at the conference earlier in the year Sparoz?
Yeah, was there this year. Switched to Fred in March and my retail manager convinced me it is easier to add the promo line by line. Didn't believe her at that time, and now that she's gone - decided to have a look myself. Much easier - some people just don't understand workflow.
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      06-20-2012, 07:03 AM   #138
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Love the wheels..

Make sure you get a set of wheel locks too!
Any recommendations?
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Any recommendations?
Plenty of options out there for locks, just make sure you get the right size stud for the conversion because the wheel are a bit bigger. 90mm is my guess for those wheels.
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Any recommendations?
McGard?
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McGard?
Each set of lugs have it's unique patterns?
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As far as I know. Check their website. 1M forum have also discussed.
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      06-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #143
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As far as I know. Check their website. 1M forum have also discussed.
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      06-21-2012, 01:27 AM   #144
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Hey Steve..Your car should like this, assuming these are the BBS wheels you purchased..
Only this M has been dropped..
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Like!!!!! Love the fact that it shows off the brakes!
Btw zuzu they look like 2 different cars (1 has sticker on quarter panel other doesn't , also the rim looks lighter on bottom car and also lower as u stated )
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      06-21-2012, 01:37 AM   #146
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Like!!!!! Love the fact that it shows off the brakes!
Btw zuzu they look like 2 different cars (1 has sticker on quarter panel other doesn't , also the rim looks lighter on bottom car and also lower as u stated )
They are..both cars have different coloured wheels..

The top one looks lowered like mine..
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I thought the bottom one was lower. Maybe it's my eyes
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      06-21-2012, 01:46 AM   #148
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I thought the bottom one was lower. Maybe it's my eyes
The bottom pix is much lower.

I was just stating that the top pix is lowered,but not as much as the bottom car, and looks like my 1M which is lowered..
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Lol sorry I'm with u now! Long day!
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Those pics make me think calipers painted Valencia Orange would be hawtt!!
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Those pics make me think calipers painted Valencia Orange would be hawtt!!
Me too... Wouldn't mind painting my calipers VO.
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      06-21-2012, 02:34 AM   #152
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sparoz presents BBS Ri-Ds

Courtesy of American Express, dort.jp, and Nix transport my BBS Ri-D has arrived after a two and half weeks wait.

The BBS Ri-D was developed by BBS Japan. Rather than using the aluminium 6061 for light weight wheels, it is forged with Duralumin A7000, a super aluminium alloy that is reserved for aviation and military use. The result is a wheel that is stronger and lighter than the original BBS FI.

I was lucky to have made it in this production run as BBS Japan only produces the wheels when they have enough order for a manufacturing run. It also takes five times as long to produce due to its strength.

The fronts are 19x9 ET22, and rears are 19x10 ET25. They are 7.2kg and 7.5kg respectively, ie, a savings of 19.2kg of unsprung weight. This reduction was immediately felt as I put my foot down the accelerator. The car felt like it has lost a substantial amount of weight, and I felt the engine sings up the rev ranges much happier than it was. Braking of the car has also improved, where the car slows down much quicker even with less pressure applied.

One of the expected benefits is a much more comfortable ride. I don't know why but I was expecting a smooth ride where less of the road surface could be felt. However, the reduced weight did not do that. I could easily felt every bump on the road. What had changed was the magnitude of these bumps. I could feel them through the cabin, and through the steering, but the suspension now can much better handle this; the car is now much more settled, and you no longer feel the jars from the imperfection of the road.

I was expecting a loss of grip due to the brand new tyres (although they are PSS). May be it is a combination of the reduced weight and the wider stance, the cars feel much more planted with the used to be nervous 1M backend becoming more predictable. Turn-in is much sharper, and the car feel more stable through corners.

All the above had been sort of expected with a hugh reduction of unsprung weight. However, there was one last thing I definitely wasn't expecting. I have reset my fuel consumption driving back home. This is my usual route that I do everyday. The only difference is that now I have a FMIC which was installed last week, which should mean an increase in fuel consumption due to the denser air.

My average fuel consumption before my ESS tune was 10.3 l/100km. After the ESS tune, it has jumped to 11.7 l/100km. My spirited driving trip on my way back from work was an amazing 9.8 l/100km!

To me, this mod is a no brainer for all the 1Ms and M3s out there. There is no other single mod that can have some many facets of improvements on the performance, dynamics and economy of the car. It certainly doesn't come cheaply, but compare to say and Akrapovic Evolution System, this surely is much better value for your money.

For the people who are interested in obtaining the wheels, BBS Ri-Ds are available from dort.jp, studie, and Fuji Corporation from Japan, a-workx from Germany.

PS - This is my half ass attempt on independent journalism. I do not receive any benefits from any supplier or product mentioned in this and I paid for the product at normal commercial prices. Big thanks to Miki from American Express who organised and followed up with the purchase.
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Me too... Wouldn't mind painting my calipers VO.
These wheels need much bigger callipers than stock. Now, it just looks bare. This is going to be fixed by October . Waiting on brakes to arrive and it is going to be a very long wait. Unfortunately they only come in one colour.
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      06-21-2012, 03:05 AM   #154
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They are nice looking wheels
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