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Hi all, As the title says. I'm selling my genuine E39 Style 37 Parallels. They are 18inch in diameter and of a staggered fitment. They have the correct part numbers on the inside and will get photos of said part numbers when I take the wheels off my car later this afternoon. The centres have been painted black by a previous owner, and they suffer from mild kerb rash. Nothing that can't be fixed with a refurb. The tyres are NOT available as I need these for my new summer set. Price: £475 firm. No offers will be entertained. Snap them up quickly, as they'll be going on bookface later this week. Collection from Heathrow area preferred. It would be the purchasers responsibility to arrange a courier if they wish to do so. Happy to deliver within a reasonable distance for reimbursement of petrol costs.
I bought myself a set of E39 18" M Parallels, as I wanted to improve the handling/stability of my E34, since on original 15's and big tyres it's a bit too bouncy for me. However, I've run into a few problems... First of all, the specs of the wheels that I bought are as below: 8Jx18 ET:20 bore:74mm 36-11-2-229-635 9Jx18 ET:24 bore:74mm 36-11-2-229-640 I know that the M Parallels originally fitted to an E34 M5 had a slightly different offset on the rear, being ET22, but I'm pretty sure that's negligible and won't make any difference re fitment. The front wheels on the E34 M5 are exactly as above. I've done my research before buying the wheels, so I knew that the centre bore of the E39 is slightly larger than on the E34, that's why I bought hub rings to make sure the wheels will sit properly on the hub. The strange thing is that when I actually fitted them, the wheels sat perfectly centered on the hub and I didn't even had to use the rings? So I was a bit confused? I know that if you fit wheels with the centre bore not sitting properly on the hub and the wheel just hanging on the bolts, then you normally get vibrations on high speeds, but the above wheels sat perfectly fine on the hub without any rings needed? I haven't driven the car at high speeds yet, so I guess I'll find out if I need to fit the rings or not.....Anyone with similar experience? Another thing I wanted to ask is the tyre fitment.... The factory spec of E39 M Parallels is 235/40/18 on the front and 265/35/18 on the rear. I wanted to keep the tyre specs as per E34 M5, so I bought 4 tyres sized 245/40/18 since according to BMW M Registry, all the latest E34 M5's had this setup. The rear seems to be fine to me, but when I fitted the fronts I noticed that the gap between the strut and the tyre is almost non-existent. So that got me a bit worried and when driving home I could hear very slight hissing/rubbing noise, which obviously wasn't there before I changed the wheels. I got home and upon checking the tyres, the rears look ok to me, but the fronts have this very slight wear on the inner edge, which I think is exactly where it rubs on the strut? See images below: The noise/rubbing is very minimal and sometimes you don't even hear anything at all, so that probably explains why the marks are so minor, because I drove the car about 5-6 miles after fitting the wheels. As far as I understand, the inner wear that you see on the photos is where it's rubbing, correct? That can't be normal? Now the question is, why are the 245/40/18 tyres rubbing on the front, when the wheel/tyre spec is exactly the same as on the E34 M5? The suspension is all stock, by the way. Should I go with E39 tyre specs (235/40/18), as above? The gap between the front strut and the tyre is so tiny that I'm even thinking to run 225/40/18 on the front? Does that sound ok? Or 225/45/18, not sure what would be the correct setup? Please advise. So yeah, overall I'm happy the way the car looks and the ride seems fine, but couldn't figure out how the wheels fitted nicely with no hub rings and why the front tyres are rubbing, when specs seems to be correct for the E34? Appreciate your help. Thanks
Ladies and Gents, If you've read my other post here, you may have some idea of the biggest issue with my wheels. They judder after 60-mph (just feel a vibration in the steering, nowhere else), braking is fine, track rod ends are fine, wheel bearings are also perfect. The wheels themselves have a part number stamp different to what the M-Paras should be on the E39. (ending in #730) so they're from an E38 or E31 - and seem to have been machined out to fit, and machined out just a tad too much, buggering them up. I was wondering if anyone local to west london, or at least within a short drive from heathrow, has a set of natural E39 Paras that i can test and borrow for a couple of hours just to make sure that it's only the wheels that are the problem. Rental payment will come in the form of a bacon sandwich and beer tokens (or McDonalds and juice if that's your flavour) Muchos Gracias Hombres Deepan