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Aftermarket wheels avaiable in 2018.

Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:21 am

It seems very hard to find aftermarket wheels for the i3 vs other BMWs. Obviously the wheels are tall and skinny vs. most other cars. In any case I thought I'd make a list here of any that I can find, and hope others can add some.

Tire Rack sells the 19" rail wheels in black or silver
https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/results ... kage=false

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Re: Aftermarket wheels avaiable in 2018.

Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:45 pm

Damn, >$1000 for a set of four. I want four cheap wheels to mount winter tires to (probably the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-500.) But at $1000 for the set-of-four, I'd be too afraid of getting them damaged! I guess I'll just have to wait for an i3 to hit a local wrecking yard to buy the wheels off them.

Did you get little BMW roundels to put in the centers? I must say, that gives them a *GREAT* look, like they're just another BMW option! As "replacement nice wheels" they are very nice.

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Re: Aftermarket wheels avaiable in 2018.

Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:05 am

Been looking for some wheels to mount snows too. Even the wrecking yards (when they have any) are getting $250+ for 19" OEM wheels. eBay is even higher $299+.
Be nice to have a basic steel winter wheel but, admittedly, it's a small market.

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Re: Aftermarket wheels avaiable in 2018.

Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:14 pm

When I bought my OEM winter tire/wheel set, I paid about $1450 ready to install with TPMS, wheels, tires, mounting, balancing, etc. I think the price has gone up since then, but surprisingly, the dealer isn't all that bad for some things. For example, the winter tire package all inclusive is cheaper than buying just the wheel as a repair part. No good reason why, but it is, or at least was true when I bought mine. When it comes time to replace my winter tires, I'll probably try the Nokian R3 tires verses the Bridgestones, though. Just bought a set of those for my other car, but it's too early to install on it and try them out.

NOte, the i3 wheels are forged, not cast, so that they are lighter and stronger for their size than a cast one would be...that costs more.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

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Re: Aftermarket wheels avaiable in 2018.

Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:48 pm

The Rial wheel with a Blizzak tire weighs 38.4 pounds on my bathroom scale. Almost the same as a BMW wheel and summer tire. The Rials are not as efficient due to the open design. Last winter I averaged 4.9 miles per kWh. On my summer tires I average 5 miles per kWh. The wheel comes with a blank plastic center insert. You can replace it with the BMW roundel from the stock wheels (which are easy to remove) or buy a replacement set on eBay. I am happy with the Blizzaks. Directional stability and handling are good. The car feels like it responds more quickly with less resistance to steering inputs. My guess is that this is probably due to the smaller (155/70R19) rear tires.
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Re: Aftermarket wheels avaiable in 2018.

Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:36 am

you have also, MAK Watt in 19" for winter pack for example

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