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Post by lavy1966 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:06 am

Hi all im about to buy a 23i auto & it comes with a choice of either 296s or these in pic .Which ones would you reccomend i presume one lots 18 & the 296s are 19s .cheers
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:53 am

I like the 296 design, but as with all the 19" options for the E89 (and BMW generally it seems) they do seem to be fairly terrible for cracking, especially when fitted with run flats.

The ones in the picture (they are style 400's) don't look bad at all - do you have any idea of tyre brand/tread depth which might help with your thought process?

(I'm on the lookout for a new set of alloys for my E89 and am now only looking at 18's)
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:55 am

You have 2 posts about this by the way :D

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Post by lavy1966 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:35 pm

Thanks for reply the 296s have more tread on them ,few scuffs but no cracks .Just cant make my mind up but i think i just prefer the 296s .Will thete be much difference ride wise .cheers

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Post by enuff_zed » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:58 pm

lavy1966 wrote:
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Thanks for reply the 296s have more tread on them ,few scuffs but no cracks .Just cant make my mind up but i think i just prefer the 296s .Will thete be much difference ride wise .cheers
Although legend has it that your 296s may eventually crack, if it were me I'd choose them.
The spokes on those other wheels look too angular for a car that is mostly curves.
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Post by Mr Tidy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:12 pm

I think the 296s look much better - I suppose it depends if you can live with the possibility of cracking?

If you don't have run-flats on them I'd definitely choose them!
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Post by Argyll Andy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:33 pm

lavy1966 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:06 am
Hi all im about to buy a 23i auto & it comes with a choice of either 296s or these in pic .Which ones would you reccomend i presume one lots 18 & the 296s are 19s .cheers 20200111_113519.jpg
Mine with 296’s on it. My personal choice of any wheel. Suits the car really well.

I was told 296’s off of later cars are less prone to cracking but don’t know much about that.

Mine are later wheels and are ok so far
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Post by Lazza » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:24 am

I love the 296s too...
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Post by buzyg » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:26 am

Go for the ones you like the look of the most. :thumbsup:
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Post by Redant » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:45 am

Easy choice for me ... 296 :thumbsup:

You would do yourself a favour by ditching the run flats as well whatever wheels you go for.

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Post by srhutch » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:51 am

buzyg wrote:
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Go for the ones you like the look of the most. :thumbsup:

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Post by Smartbear » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:41 am

Timmyboybunter wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:53 am
I like the 296 design, but as with all the 19" options for the E89 (and BMW generally it seems) they do seem to be fairly terrible for cracking, especially when fitted with run flats.

The ones in the picture (they are style 400's) don't look bad at all - do you have any idea of tyre brand/tread depth which might help with your thought process?

(I'm on the lookout for a new set of alloys for my E89 and am now only looking at 18's)
If you look at decent after market wheels then choosing 19’s wouldn’t be such a risky affair, far less chance of them cracking than the bmw ones made from eggshells :o
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Post by drewsutton » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:59 pm

Smartbear wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:41 am
Timmyboybunter wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:53 am
I like the 296 design, but as with all the 19" options for the E89 (and BMW generally it seems) they do seem to be fairly terrible for cracking, especially when fitted with run flats.

The ones in the picture (they are style 400's) don't look bad at all - do you have any idea of tyre brand/tread depth which might help with your thought process?

(I'm on the lookout for a new set of alloys for my E89 and am now only looking at 18's)
If you look at decent after market wheels then choosing 19’s wouldn’t be such a risky affair, far less chance of them cracking than the bmw ones made from eggshells :o
Rob
Can you or the forum recommend some decent aftermarket brands without going to serious amounts of money?
I have Style 290 17" and a set of Style 108's 18" currently. Ideally, I'd like to sell a set and put money towards another. For an E89. I like black haha!

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Post by Mr Tidy » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:26 pm

drewsutton wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:59 pm
Can you or the forum recommend some decent aftermarket brands without going to serious amounts of money?
I have Style 290 17" and a set of Style 108's 18" currently. Ideally, I'd like to sell a set and put money towards another. For an E89. I like black haha!
Well they aren't black, but I've got a set of E89 295s (so 18") on my E86 that I'm selling. The only person who has looked at it didn't like the stance on the 295s as they sit further out at the front than the back (mind you some spacers on the rear could have sorted that)!

Anyway I've added a couple of photos of my car on the 295s which are in great condition, albeit fitted with Bridgestone run-flats with between 4mm and 6mm of tread, but it originally had 108s so what condition are your 108s in? And what tyres are on them? Also where are you? Maybe there is a deal to be done. :thumbsup:
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Post by drewsutton » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:37 am

Mr Tidy wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:26 pm
drewsutton wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:59 pm
Can you or the forum recommend some decent aftermarket brands without going to serious amounts of money?
I have Style 290 17" and a set of Style 108's 18" currently. Ideally, I'd like to sell a set and put money towards another. For an E89. I like black haha!
Well they aren't black, but I've got a set of E89 295s (so 18") on my E86 that I'm selling. The only person who has looked at it didn't like the stance on the 295s as they sit further out at the front than the back (mind you some spacers on the rear could have sorted that)!

Anyway I've added a couple of photos of my car on the 295s which are in great condition, albeit fitted with Bridgestone run-flats with between 4mm and 6mm of tread, but it originally had 108s so what condition are your 108s in? And what tyres are on them? Also where are you? Maybe there is a deal to be done. :thumbsup:
I feel like we've had this conversation before or am I confusing you for someone else haha?
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