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Refurbished 24 year old wheels

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Another job done on the old E34. Wheels look great after a refurbishment at The Wheel Specialist in Inverness. 

 

Many people like bigger wheels on the E34 - and I have had 17s and 18s in the past - but these 15s with their fat tyres just suit this car I think. 

 

New caps and badges at home waiting to go on. 

 

 

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Lovely; they suit the car to a tee and they'll ensure that the drive is as wafty as it should be :cool:

 

Have to admit, I love how my 530i rides on the 16" Turbine winters when they're on; it was a shock moving onto the 19s after them :lol: 

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52 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Have to admit, I love how my 530i rides on the 16" Turbine winters when they're on; it was a shock moving onto the 19s after them :lol: 

 

I had the same experience when I had my E39 530i - went from 18” M Parallels to 16” turbines - bliss. 

 

After that, I didn’t go back to the 18s. I compromised with a set of staggered 17” Style 32s, which were perfect. 

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10 minutes ago, Calypso-E34 said:

 

I had the same experience when I had my E39 530i - went from 18” M Parallels to 16” turbines - bliss. 

 

After that, I didn’t go back to the 18s. I compromised with a set of staggered 17” Style 32s, which were perfect. 

 

Ive often thought that; but love the stance it has on the 19s :lol: 

 

Least I can soften my suspension set up and see how that goes :) 

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Fitted the same to my 525e as standard 14s a bit weedy. Great compromise between looks and ride. 

 

Looks smart. As time goes on there is a purity to these early run of the mill models I think. 

 

An early e36 coupe on the bottle top 15s look good but they're pretty much all gone!

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24 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

Looks smart. As time goes on there is a purity to these early run of the mill models I think. 

 

An early e36 coupe on the bottle top 15s look good but they're pretty much all gone!

 

My Mum had one of those early E36 cars on the bottle tops!  Orient blue 320i. They still look great today - if you can find one, as you say Dunc.

 

I have modified all of the E34s I have had in the past - bigger wheels, lowered suspension, Sport interiors, ECU chips, after market 'Angeleye' light conversions - along with, at times, some questionable badging decisions!  With this car, there was no question of it ever being a faster car, and I don't do all mouth and no trousers, so I decided early on that I wanted to keep it looking as original as possible. 

 

Expenditure so far has mostly been on replacing tired original parts, and on things that achieve that OEM look, such as the wheel refurb, replacement trim bits etc, and stuff which would have been available at the time, such as map reading lights, rear cigar lighter and an OEM stereo.  The only exception to that really is that I replaced the door cards and lower dash with parts from a later car which incorporate the wood trim.  Two reasons for that - firstly, I like the wood look in these.  Secondly, the original door cards had started to fall apart, and any direct replacements I could find had the same issues.  The cloth inserts on these match the original seats exactly however, so only an anorak like me would know the difference.

 

 

 

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Looks very nice Mark.

 

To me those wheels are very similar to the Senator wheels, just nailed to a car with a better badge, better build quality, better engines.....

 

BBS alloys aren't they?

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To me, the 15" BBS alloys are the definitive look for an E34. When I had to bin the TD rims on mine, this is what I went for.

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