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Style 71 (E39) M5 wheels on a Sport 528i?

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by 190796, Apr 27, 2009.

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    190796

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    Ok, so I finally assembled a complete set of Style 71 M5 E39 wheels, the staggered 18" set up, 8" in the front 9.5" rear. I have a couple questions: What are the favorite summer only tires? Has anybody run into problems installing this setup on a Sport Pkg E39 (1999 5281T)? Any advice is welcome.

    Thanks!

    ViolinARC guest

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    Potenza RE760's...

    From my personal experience, I really like the Potenza RE760's but recommend the RE960's cause they have a 40k mileage warranty. HOWEVER, they are an all-season performance tire...
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    Dmarque

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    R rated Tires?

    I was under the impression that R Speed Rated tires were not recommended and that Z rated tires are strongly suggested.
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    190796

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    Tires & wheels are on

    So, I am the original poster. I have now installed a set of staggered OEM M5 wheels (E39) with Bridgestone Potenza RE760 in M5 sizes. They fit perfectly. They feel great but until I get the car aligned and set up properly I am not going to push it. I have no "rave story" for you beyond a follow up to let you know you can easily fit bigger rubber beneath the standard fender wells on an E39 wagon.

    Scott
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    CSBM5

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    You can also run OE rear 9.5" wheels with 275/35 all around using a 3mm spacer up front. Much better overall setup for handling in addition to being able to rotate tires.

    Here's what they look like on the 540iT (Dinan stg 3 suspension also):

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    BlueAngel M3 guest

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    Beautiful wagon! Do you have pics of the rear???
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    CSBM5

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    BlueAngel M3 guest

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    Chuck, that is sweet! Is that rear bumper the same part number as for the saloon?
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    CSBM5

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    Not sure...it's the stock 2003 540iT sport package bumper.

    BlueAngel M3 guest

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    The stock 2003 540i sports wagons came with these bumpers?
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    CSBM5

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    Yes, but only with the sport package.

    BlueAngel M3 guest

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    Sweet looking wagon. I sure miss my 00 M5. :(
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    baggins

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    wheels

    Do M5 wheels have the same bolt pattern/hub diameter/offset/mystical essence as 540 wheels? I think the brakes are different, not sure what else is different.
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    John in VA

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    ciancetta

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    that black 540 wagon is my favorite e39 at the moment. really toying with selling my sedan and picking up a wagon. i wish the current one in my area would sell so i wouldn't be so damn tempted!
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    ND4SPDLSC

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    I will note that the M5 has different fender liners to accomodate the widened wheels and tires over the 525/528/530 in the rear. Both front and rear will differ at the very bottom edge where the liner meets up with the bumpers. I know the rear liners are wider. I am not as certain on the fronts.
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    CSBM5

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    Note also that the E39 M5 fender lips are rolled at the factory.

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