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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:
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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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