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Old 3rd January 2006, 23:33   #21
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Re: 20 inch Racmonolite aftermarket wheels

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I would be in also. I've currently got an E60 545, and expect an M5 later in the year. Wouldn't mind going forward with the set of wheels, as long as we're not talking another 3-4 months for delivery. Yes, I know the offset is just a hair different on the M5, and don't expect that to be an issue unless I were to drastically change the ride height, which I don't. BTW, lots of folks have these wheels over at the e46 board and seem to be very happy.

Hook us up! Can you ship this afternoon!?
Sure thing - where do I ship them to you? You can pay me whenever you get around to it

I really wish it was that easy. I would have replied sooner but sadly, I need the day job. I am sincerely encouraged by the positive response. We seem to have enough genuine interest to get this done. I have had several PM responses from folks who are committed. I have already inquired and the approximate build weights will be around 22lbs ( this is a huge wheel folks). The fronts will likely be 91/2x20 and the rears 101/2 x 20. I need to do a lot more research on tires but would like to know what tires choices ( front and rear) are the general concensous of this group. We will build sizes to accomodate tire choices - not the other way around!

The out-of-the-box guess at final costs is presently $3400/set m/l. These will likely retail around $1250-1300 each. There is no inexpensive way to build to this standard. Your groups costs will be just under wholesale. We will maintain inventory for spares.

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Old 4th January 2006, 01:52   #22
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Re: RAC Wheel Weights

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I've got 20 inch BBS RS-GT's on my car - 8.5 inch front, 10 inch rear. They are 23.4 lbs and 25.1 lbs respectively. I would imagine these wheels would be about the same if they are going to meet the TUV strength specifications.
We will build 91/2's and 101/2's and come in under those weights. I know the BBs rs-gt wheel quite well. These wheels will carry fully international certification from JWL and VIA.

Regarding the sizes - we will wait and see what tires sizes people intend to run. From what I can tell, it seems a 275 up front and a 305 in the rear is an easy choice unless you know some reason not to run that much rubber. With the kind of power this car has, I would personally want as much contact patch as I could muster.
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Old 4th January 2006, 02:01   #23
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Re: wheels

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Let's say you curb a wheel how hard will it be to get a replacment? Also when will they be available ?
we will absolutely maintain spares but it is quite hard to destroy this wheel. even a badly bent rim is easy to straighten and the curb rash will polish out.
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Old 4th January 2006, 02:03   #24
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Re: RAC Wheel Weights

Could someone photoshop some pics of these on the e60 M5? I know they'll look great but I'd just like to see...I'm sure I'm not alone
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Old 4th January 2006, 02:07   #25
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Re: 20 inch Racmonolite aftermarket wheels

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I would be in also. I've currently got an E60 545, and expect an M5 later in the year. Wouldn't mind going forward with the set of wheels, as long as we're not talking another 3-4 months for delivery. Yes, I know the offset is just a hair different on the M5, and don't expect that to be an issue unless I were to drastically change the ride height, which I don't. BTW, lots of folks have these wheels over at the e46 board and seem to be very happy.

Hook us up! Can you ship this afternoon!?
forgot to mention; I have a 550i coming in next week - i am praying these will fit but i have never measured either car ( the M5 or the 550/545) Once we get our quota of people, I will go to the dealership and spend the day measuring.
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Old 4th January 2006, 02:13   #26
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Re: Happy New Year from RAC

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You are welcome to use this thread. This is OK if you state that the first run is not for profit / for break even, to help you guys to get this project started.
Here is a good shot of our RG4 http://www.racmonolites.com/cars/1.jpg

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Here is a good shot of our RG4 http://www.racmonolites.com/cars/1.jpg
Thanks Ralph. Looks awesome.

So, are you offering 1 specific spoke pattern or multiple off the shelf 20" wheel centers to go with the 20" rings (or whatever you call it)?
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Re: Happy New Year from RAC

On the tire subject, from looking around the Tirerack and Toyo website, our plus size options don't look too good at this point.

The stock widths are perfectly easy to find for 20" with nearly identical rolling diameters as stock...255/35/20 fronts and 285/30/20 rears (27.03" and 26.85 respectively versus 27.03 and 26.73 stock).

We can get this combo in: Bridgestone S03, Dunlop SP9000, Michelin PS2, Michelin PS, and Yokohama AVS.


In plus sizes, I find the following:

275/30/20 (26.50"), off 1.85% from stock
305/25/20 (26.00"), off 3.16% " "

Continental 2's seem to be the only offering in these sizes and they're off by more than I'd like in terms of rolling diameter.

Our options in 265 are no good. Our 295 options don't get us in the right overall diameter range.

To be honest, I'm OK with the stock tire widths. I don't know how others feel, but I like having a little less tire in the rear so I can slide the car around more easily.
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Re: Happy New Year from RAC

I'd also say that I think your proposed sizes of 9.5 front and 10.5 rear are good b/c they would suit the stock sizes very easily as well as the wider 275/305 combos. For the sake of having one inventory and keeping things simple for you, Shep, I think those sizes are right on the money.

255: 10.04" on a 9.5 wheel= .54" over
285: 11.22" on a 10.5 wheel= .72" over

275: 10.83 on a 9.5 wheel= 1.33" over
305: 12.01 on a 10.5 wheel= 1.51" over
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Re: Happy New Year from RAC

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On the tire subject, from looking around the Tirerack and Toyo website, our plus size options don't look too good at this point.

The stock widths are perfectly easy to find for 20" with nearly identical rolling diameters as stock...255/35/20 fronts and 285/30/20 rears (27.03" and 26.85 respectively versus 27.03 and 26.73 stock).

We can get this combo in: Bridgestone S03, Dunlop SP9000, Michelin PS2, Michelin PS, and Yokohama AVS.


In plus sizes, I find the following:

275/30/20 (26.50"), off 1.85% from stock
305/25/20 (26.00"), off 3.16% " "

Continental 2's seem to be the only offering in these sizes and they're off by more than I'd like in terms of rolling diameter.

Our options in 265 are no good. Our 295 options don't get us in the right overall diameter range.

To be honest, I'm OK with the stock tire widths. I don't know how others feel, but I like having a little less tire in the rear so I can slide the car around more easily.
The wheels sound great, and I think 20" is the perfect size for this car. I can vouch for the Michelin PS2's in the stock widths. They are a bit on the pricey side, but if you're going to buy the best wheels, I'd get the best tires as well.

I would encourage sticking with the stock tire widths if you want the handling as close to the original design as possible. The car handles like a go-kart and you don't upset the over/understeer balance by changing the tire widths.
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