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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sat, Nov-09-2019, 01:27:42 AM   #1
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So I'm walking through the SEMA show earlier this week like I do every year, perusing the aisles for something that might catch my eye, and sure enough...I walk past the SSR booth, and do a double-take.

Their new SP5 looks legit. Kinda reminds me of the old HRE fins a friend of mine rolled on his E46 M3 back in the day. Also looks similar to the old Volk Racing Group N that I loved so much. The only thing I wish were different are the rivets, which are the same gunmetal finish as the face of the wheel. I'd prefer if they were chrome/polished to emphasize their 3-piece construction. And very simply, it would just look so much more baller.

Anyway, the good news is that the kid working the booth said they come in E36 M3 application! Awe yeah! Pricing's not too bad either. For a set of staggered 18s just like my Equips, roughly $800-900/wheel. I need new rubber anyway, so I just see that as a necessary/sunk cost. Besides, I think it's time to change up the looks on my heap. Gunmetal face with polished lip. I'm sure this is not the ideal crowd to ask, but eh. Whatchy'all think?
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Love your equips. The car is so clearly YOURS every time I see it. Mix it up maybe, but permanent change I say no go.
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Love your equips. The car is so clearly YOURS every time I see it. Mix it up maybe, but permanent change I say no go.
Thanks. It's kinda funny you say that cuz when I told the SSR kid that I currently roll Equips, he was shocked. He was like "as in Work Equips? In 18"s? And you want to replace those with these?" LOL...I was like whoah buddy, not so loud, you might get fired. Hahahaha

But anyway, I was thinking that the SSRs give my car a totally different look. Lot more racy, as opposed to the more classy look of the Equips. Hmmm...
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My buddy decided to start driving the 95 Dakar he bought in 95 with 10k on the clock again. He was thinking factory lightweights and keeping the original wheels with the original Michelins in the garage. I will send him the picture. I suggested he go for something other than factory.
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My buddy decided to start driving the 95 Dakar he bought in 95 with 10k on the clock again. He was thinking factory lightweights and keeping the original wheels with the original Michelins in the garage.
I hope you're not talking about the literal original tires from 1995..........

OP, cool wheels. $800-$900 per corner is nearly forged BBS territory so if you're willing to spend the money, you can *pretty much* get any wheels you want for that price.
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Nah Super Soft Racing wheels are junk.

Square set of rear LTW's and some really good tires and pocket the rest!
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I hope you're not talking about the literal original tires from 1995..........
Yes, I am talking about the original tires that still have German air in them. There are no cracks, etc. As hard as it is to believe, he had other things in his life that kept him from spending time with his toy, and if you read my post again, you will see the word again. Again, he hasn't used the car in years, and is starting to use it again. I think he said 10,400 miles on it.
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Those look like they would work well on some old school jdm restomod, not feeling it at all for an E36. Wheels are just so subjective, got to do what you like.
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Yes, I am talking about the original tires that still have German air in them. There are no cracks, etc. As hard as it is to believe, he had other things in his life that kept him from spending time with his toy, and if you read my post again, you will see the word again. Again, he hasn't used the car in years, and is starting to use it again. I think he said 10,400 miles on it.

Tires that old are unsafe, the rubber itself times out after 6 or 8 years (10 years AT MAX) of sitting or driving, regardless of how much tread is left or if there are visible cracks. This is a fact, not an opinion. Hope your buddy comes to his senses before risking what sounds like a nice original example!
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Those look like they would work well on some old school jdm restomod, not feeling it at all for an E36. Wheels are just so subjective, got to do what you like.
You're right, wheels are definitely subjective. But what got me hooked on JDM wheels on a(ny) European car was two-fold:

1 - eons ago a buddy of mine with a super clean E30 325is rolled on Nesty Fins (look very much like standard SSR Fins) and turned heads everywhere he went.
2 - another buddy with an equally clean Estoril Blue E36 M3 ran on a set of custom-built 18x8.5 Blitz Type-01s. Hands down, THE best looking E36 M3 I have ever seen, period. Amazingly, he still has the car, and I continuously beg him to sell me those wheels, but he says he'll never part with them...ugh.
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