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I recently cracked a wheel (rear wheel)-- it's a hairline crack running down the rim. I called around and got an outrageous figure from the dealer- around $1K-- to order a new wheel & put it on. I don't think it even takes an hour, does it?

so, I got on eBay and found an OEM wheel for about $600. I want to get this fixed soon, so I don't have to pussy-foot around worrying about my rim exploding at speed. the wheel is on the way. btw, the tire is fine; it's just the rim that's cracked.

my question is: once the wheel arrives, the private shop I favor is about 40 miles away. then again, there's a Pep Boys that's less than a mile away from where I'm parked. once I get the wheel, is it a minor enough job that they could put it on and rotate/balance it, or do I need to go to a shop that specializes in Bimmers?

thanks in advance for the advice.
 

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I got a full set of OEM wheels, brand new from Germany from Bavarian Autoworks (BMW Parts and BMW Accessories | Bavarian Autosport) for roughly the same $$$. As for mounting, you need a shop that knows how to balance a wheel using taped weights inside the hub as there is no way to clip weights on the edge of the rim (thank God) on these wheels. Shouldn't be too hard to locate - just ask your Pep boys if they are comfortable doing this mounting - and let then know that if they screw up, they owe you $1000.00. See if they want to tackle it! Having it done at the BMW dealership won't be much money either. Good luck!
 

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I would take your wheel+tire for a ride and seek out the best wheel specialist possible. The difference between good and bad is: proper indexing of the tire, care not to nick your rim upon (dis)mounting, Hunter road force balancing.

In your location, the "good" tech might very well be at the Pepboys, and the "bad" might be at the dealer. But my guy is at a specialty shop.

If you can change a flat then you can put the final product on your car. Just remember to torque lugs properly (88.5 ft-lb) and recheck after a few 10's of miles.
 

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Night Train,

I'm in Randolph and have a spare rear wheel that I can sell if you are interested ($250). PM me if you are interested.

Regards,

Justin
 

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I recently cracked a wheel (rear wheel)-- it's a hairline crack running down the rim. I called around and got an outrageous figure from the dealer- around $1K-- to order a new wheel & put it on. I don't think it even takes an hour, does it?

so, I got on eBay and found an OEM wheel for about $600. I want to get this fixed soon, so I don't have to pussy-foot around worrying about my rim exploding at speed. the wheel is on the way. btw, the tire is fine; it's just the rim that's cracked.

my question is: once the wheel arrives, the private shop I favor is about 40 miles away. then again, there's a Pep Boys that's less than a mile away from where I'm parked. once I get the wheel, is it a minor enough job that they could put it on and rotate/balance it, or do I need to go to a shop that specializes in Bimmers?

thanks in advance for the advice.
That seems alot of money??
 

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well, the dealer quote was a total rip. if you're talking about the $600, I realize that it's still a lot, but it's OEM, still in package, etc. I figured it would be better to order one asap, rather than waiting around for what I thought would be a couple months to find a cheaper opp. I called around to a few wheel places in the area. unfortunately, Justin's above message didn't reach me in time. it's a lesson in patience, I guess.
 

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Ouch! Hope it all works out for you.
 
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One option is that you could return the new wheel (depending on ebay seller's terms). If you must have a brand new, never mounted rim then keep it, but if saving $300+ is more your liking then I can take photos or you can swing by to see the wheel in person. On more than one occassion I have returned items to a dealer because I found the same part significantly cheaper some place else.

One other suggestion, don't be afraid to post a WTB (want to buy) add in the for sale section of the forum. Chances are you will be able to find a rather common part (like rims) at a decent price. This should be the first place you go when looking for any parts for your M5.
 
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Justin-- it's already shipped. I sell on eBay too, so I don't want to risk bad feedback.

thanks for the suggestion, though; the next time something like this happens, M5board is the first place I'll go. lesson learned... the hard way, unfortunately.
 

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I got a full set of OEM wheels, brand new from Germany from Bavarian Autoworks (BMW Parts and BMW Accessories | Bavarian Autosport) for roughly the same $$$. As for mounting, you need a shop that knows how to balance a wheel using taped weights inside the hub as there is no way to clip weights on the edge of the rim (thank God) on these wheels. Shouldn't be too hard to locate - just ask your Pep boys if they are comfortable doing this mounting - and let then know that if they screw up, they owe you $1000.00. See if they want to tackle it! Having it done at the BMW dealership won't be much money either. Good luck!
May I ask how you got them for around that much? I was looking on there and one rear wheel was $700...not exactly cheap. :biggrin:

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For other's interest: BMWNA MSRP on a rear wheel is $778. You can get one from Tischer BMW, getBMWparts.com for $623.
 
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