Got the wheels put on this afternoon and the Discount Tire guys kept giving me a bunch of reasons why they wouldn't work, while I had to keep convincing them they would. First, it was the service adviser saying that the lugs wouldn't work because of the different seating. Huh?! Then he realized he was thinking of Mercedes. Ugh.
Next was the one I was already familiar with... We test fit one of the rear wheels and it just isn't going to work... it rubs the inner fender liner. Well, of course it does when the car is up in the air. The wheels sit a lot closer to the fender liner when the suspension is at full droop, but I assured them it would fit once they put the car down on the ground. Then I caught a guy checking it again once they put the tires on and he was trying to turn the wheel and it was not turning very well. I went out and assured him again, LOL. Once they were all on, car on the ground, torqued lugs, it all started to make sense to them
. All was right with the world.
As for the vibration I was trying to eliminate by buying new wheels, it seems to be completely gone. These wheels are 10 lbs lighter per wheel in the front and 12 lbs lighter per wheel in the back than the style 95s. I didn't toss the car around too much since I still had the 95s in the back seat and trunk, but I could tell it was a bit peppier. It also seemed like the wheels stayed planted on the ground better over bumps in the road, like the suspension could react quicker, so that's nice. My brakes need to be bed in again, as I'm getting some pulsation, but they were like that with the old wheels as well and I plan on putting my M5 brakes on soon. I'm hoping JimLev will be able to powder coat the calipers before the VIR HPDE in April, but I'm not holding my breath since he said he still needs to acquire some new equipment. Now that I have some really "open" wheels, it's going to be that much more interesting to have some nice looking calipers behind them.
Once I get the car all cleaned up, I'll take some outside pics. For now you get the one at the beginning of the post