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Old 04-01-2008, 09:12 PM
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20's or not?

I'm really torn on whether to get the 20 inch wheels when I do order my X5 4.8. I love the look but I have two concerns.

1. Snow performance and the additional expense of having either 20 inch snow tires (not sure if they make them) or having a dedicated set of snow wheels/tires.

2. I'm a little concerned that the 20's on this car may just send the wrong "in your face!" bling message. They almost look too good if that makes any sense. I'm going to catch enough sh-t from the guys at work for just getting a BMW let alone one of the most aggressive looking ones they make this side of the M5 (with the 20's).
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:22 PM
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take a gander at the post about the pothole. $450 for a tire? please, no thanks. and i must wonder if the pothole did that much damage to the tire, what about the rim?

i have the 19s with the all seasons. perfectly fine. and it is my work truck so i visit job sites. talk about catching grief from the pick-up truck crowd. (of which of course i am a member)
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:36 AM
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I have the oem 20' 214 rims. I like the look and the style on it. The oem Dunlop is AWsome in dry and wet condition. BUT IT IS EXPENSIVE TO Replaced later. But why worry about it if you are going to spend $76K
Snow is a different stories, do some searching on this thread!!!

There is a 20' winter tires available but not at tirerack. Google IT

Why get a 20' winter tires and having to switch it out every winter and spring. Just get an another set of winter wheel tire setup. prefer 18 or 19. It is cheaper in the long run, and save times. And not have a chance to damage the tires sidewall, TPMS, Rims during switch out from ROOKIE Tech.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:54 AM
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The 20's are like putting skiis on your car in the snow - basically because they are so wide and the tread pattern/rubber compound are not suited for snow.

We have the 19" sport wheels on our 3.0si and I can tell you they handle backcountry snow just fine (I've had it up on snowy logging roads for x-country skiing).
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:58 AM
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I wouldn't bother - 20's are all for show not go, plus all the winter related issues the other folks here have already mentioned
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:59 AM
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I've had sport wheels with additionals wheels and tires for snow. The upside is that the car looks and drives great during the warmer months. The downside is that you have to be VERY disciplined about changing every season as the sport tires are useless in snow; you need to have and consume the space in your garage for 4 wheels; and you have to deal with a different look for half the year. Having done it once, I will stick with all season setups going forward.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:31 PM
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i agree..

i swapped out to OEM 214 20s for spring/summer/fall use... i do have all-season non-run flat tires though so I really don't have to swap back to winter tires unless i plan on doing alot of snow driving..(i live in the city so i really won't put winter tires to use much)

you can always swap back to the stock setup.... like they said earlier... having two sets of wheel/tires combos helps..

going to 20s isn't that bad even on the snow...as long as it isn't 2 feet of snow...

i've been running 20s with all-seasons for years now on a number of different SUVs... with no problems..
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:54 PM
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No question, the 20's looked great on the E70. I don't have it but I'm still thinking of getting a set. I do a lot of ski trips during the winter months with the family and I love plowing through the snow on my 19's. This is why I'm still hesitating to get the 20's. I have to weigh all the pros and cons. Great looks vs. convenience, cost, ride quality, etc. It all comes down to personal preference. At the end of the day, I still drive an E70 and that's what matters.
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:23 PM
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I am a university student, and it is very "bling" to drive the X5 (4.8i). I also have the 20"s but now i have the 18" winters on.
As far as I know, many people just consider a bimmer as a bimmer and it's almost expected that it comes with big rims. So i don't think it will make much of a difference, in terms of the curve appeal, to have the 20"s.

seriously, whether it is a 3.0 or 4.8i doesn't matter as long as it's an X5. The size of rims are, quite frankly, irrelevant when it comes to other's opinion on you (because having 18" won't stop them from noticing you in a new bimmer anyway). If you can afford it, get them and be happy. Forget about the rest.

it would be nice to not have others judge you on the rims you roll on but i realize it happens. Do what's right for you, and not for them.
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:15 PM
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You wanna talk BLING... my last truck a NAVIGATOR was bling to the max. It definitely got the looks with the 22"s, quad exhaust..billet grilles...(see for yourself). The BMW is more of a refined vehicle - it doesn't need the bling - probem is there are so many on the road that you just "blend" in... hence some of us are always looking at ways to make it stick out for a little desired attention! I'd say go for 20"s ... improves handling and makes it look a little sharper!
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