: M3 or V? After-market wheels?



wrazor1
05-28-09, 10:49 PM
Hey guys, after a year of looking at this car I think I am ready to pull the trigger. I'll be selling my Viper for a more family friendly sedan but still want something I can have fun with. So, I've been looking long and hard at the V as well as the M3 (wife has 530 xi and I like the car). I test drove both cars last week and ended up liking the all around feel of the M3 more than I thought I would, HOWEVER, the HP difference is just too great in the V's favor and I will be going in this direction. What made the decision more difficult was I really liked the way the M3 looked. Then I realized something, the wheels on the BMW were helping that car big time. I'm not saying the wheels on the Caddy are ugly, they just don't benefit the car as much.

So, where are the best aftermarket places you've found for wheels? I've seen some of the D3 designs but want a larger variety if available. Is this wheel size easy to find? Thanks for your help and I can't wait to get rolling in a V!

CadV
05-29-09, 12:04 AM
Not to many wheel designers are going to factor in the huge calipers on the V2. So the choices for the V2 are limited. This may of changed since I bought mine.

HRE and Forgeline work and there are plenty of us who own a set.

Lots of rim threads with pictures just search this forum.

I was like you though, I did not like the stock rims.

Here is my car on the Forgeline website:
http://www.forgeline.com/customer_gallery_view.php?cvk=278

I got some higher quality ones posted if you search under my name.

Nutz
05-29-09, 12:05 AM
Hey guys, after a year of looking at this car I think I am ready to pull the trigger. I'll be selling my Viper for a more family friendly sedan but still want something I can have fun with. So, I've been looking long and hard at the V as well as the M3 (wife has 530 xi and I like the car). I test drove both cars last week and ended up liking the all around feel of the M3 more than I thought I would, HOWEVER, the HP difference is just too great in the V's favor and I will be going in this direction. What made the decision more difficult was I really liked the way the M3 looked. Then I realized something, the wheels on the BMW were helping that car big time. I'm not saying the wheels on the Caddy are ugly, they just don't benefit the car as much.

So, where are the best aftermarket places you've found for wheels? I've seen some of the D3 designs but want a larger variety if available. Is this wheel size easy to find? Thanks for your help and I can't wait to get rolling in a V!You answered your own question... Now pull the trigger! :cowboy:

kencav
05-29-09, 07:06 AM
Not to pirate topic, but i just came out of m3 for V- I honestly think you can't compare the m3 to the V in many respects- interior design, performance- i've had more passers by stop with thumbs up on the V than any of the 5 BMW's i have owned. But the m3 is still a great car.

If you want to performance mod though 3000.00 on a v will gets you lots of horsepower- on a BMW the same amount may get an air filter! LOL

D3 does have a nice selection

wrazor1
05-29-09, 07:50 AM
You answered your own question... Now pull the trigger! :cowboy:

Actually I haven't. The question is where else can I find wheels because I'm not seeing anything I really like from D3 yet in the threads I've searched. I'm getting the V...

CadV did help by suggesting HRE and Forgeline. I am ignorant when it comes to after market wheel manufacturers...

Kadonny
05-29-09, 08:32 AM
Check Tirerack, they had some OZ wheels listed there if that interests you.

wrazor1
05-29-09, 11:37 AM
If you want to performance mod though 3000.00 on a v will gets you lots of horsepower- on a BMW the same amount may get an air filter! LOL

D3 does have a nice selection

You are exactly right. This was a another big reason for choosing the V. I researched the available mods for the M3 and those guys struggle to get any real improvement from their already strung out engines. A lot of them are going the supercharger rout anyway and, of course, paying almost 20k to get CTS-V levels of power. How much does a complete CTS-V engine go for???

As for the wheels, I went to D3's website and am starting to like what I see.

Cadillac Tony
05-29-09, 12:15 PM
The number one thing to be sure of if ordering custom wheels is that they know it's going on a V, and that they either have one to test it on or already have. I've seen so many people over the years order custom wheels, only to have them not clear the caliper because the wheel company only looked at offset and bolt pattern.

Gary Wells
05-29-09, 12:49 PM
I personally like the looks of the factory CTS-V rims more than almost any other factory rims available on their respective cars. Almost all aftermarket rims have either too flat of a lip or rivets - replica rivets or a combination of both. Too flat of a lip without any contour at all is just too plain for me and the rivets - replica rivets almost always cut the heck out of your fingertips when you try to polish or clean. I plan on ordering a 10 CTS-V soon and will be stuck with an attempt at anodizing, polishing, painting or some combination to improve the looks a little. If you want to see ugly, look close at a C6 ZO6 vette chrome or polished rims. Now the competition grey are killer, but only available when you order a car. Or aftermarket, or clone, or big $$ if you order up a set of originals. I do like some versions of the HRE rims, but pricey though.

readyact
05-30-09, 07:12 AM
Actually I haven't. The question is where else can I find wheels because I'm not seeing anything I really like from D3 yet in the threads I've searched. I'm getting the V...

CadV did help by suggesting HRE and Forgeline. I am ignorant when it comes to after market wheel manufacturers...

Check out: http://sv1forged.com/

I have a set of the SV5's which they custom built for my V2. The wheels are built to your liking just tell them the style and color you like and off you go.