I would like to buy a set of OEM M parallel wheels for my 535i, but I
really don't want 18" wheels. 16" or 17" is what I'm looking for. Did
BMW make a 16 or 17 inch set? Will the 18's fit my car if I had no other
choice? Offset the same?
Link is to an ebay auction of the wheels.
Fantastic!! A set of *USED* OEM 18" wheels with the rear tires worn to
the nub and the starting bid is 1800 samoleans? Man... PT Barnum was
Let me put it this way: How do you know the wheels are straight and
true? What will you do when your E34 shakes like it has Saint Vitus'
dance after you mount those puppies?
OK, sorry about that. Sure, I had read your introduction, but naturally
I assumed it was a ruse to get people to look at *your* auction, not
what you were actually stating.
I'd have just used a link to the wheels like this:
Now, with that misunderstanding cleared up, I would say that I
personally would prefer a set of new "replica" or after-market brand
wheels to a set of used OE wheel, *unless* I had some reassurance they
were in A1 condition (say a balance test on a Hunter GSP9700) and a
means to return them of I have a problem.
I know that the biggest replica wheel shop (link below) has replicas of
style 37 wheels available and you can (should) get them complete with a
new set of tires mounted and balanced (on a GSP9700) and ready to bolt
onto your car. If there is any problem these places will take care of
you. They have to if they want to expand their business.
Another alternative is The Tire Rack. But be 100% certain that any
wheels that you buy there do not require hub-centric spacer rings. They
will show on their web site that a certain wheel fits your car, but that
is with the spacers. If you find a model of wheel that interests you,
call and ask one of the sales advisors if that fitment requires the
spacer rings. If so, I would pass...
They do sell BBS wheels at Tire Rack. I have never heard a bad word
about these ever, except maybe for the price. BBS has one style that
looks similar (though not identical to) the M parallel style 37. The
thing is, you aren't going to fool anyone (that knows bimmers) anyway if
you do get the M parallels, because that model car (E34) never came with
that style wheel.
A set of decent wheels and tires is going to cost you between 1200 and
1500 dollars minimum. It seems prudent to do your homework, and have
some sort of after sale support available, on a purchase of that magnitude.
One resource for info about E34 wheel specs and fitment is
If at all possible, you want to avoid spacers or inserts. So
look for a wheel with a 72.5mm hub centre.
As another poster already indicated, you ought to stay away
from other people's headaches so avoid buying used wheels.
The ones in the auction link are wildly over-priced. The
seller has a 100% rating but the only current products you
can read feedback about are for wireless devices, not wheels.
Since you are looking on eBay, check out
www.thewheelexchange.com. Their current offerings can be
You can get new replica wheels and tires here for considerably
less than the used ones offered in your link. I haven't
dealt with them but I plan to and I am encouraged by their
extensive, favorable feedback.
Alternatively, take a tour of www.tirerack.com and
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