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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 Mon, Nov-17-2008, 12:29:42 AM   #1
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I have seen recently on ebay several sets of OEM contours that are chrome...was this an option or is it just a coincidence that people that had them chromed are now all selling them? i have only ever seen contours with either all powdercoated or powdercoated centers with a polished lip but never chrome. just curious...
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Chrome was an option....not sure about the powdercoated with polished lips though, that may have been done by the owners.
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Chrome was an option....not sure about the powdercoated with polished lips though, that may have been done by the owners.

I just picked up a set on ebay, staggered for 200 bux, chrome is peeling and pitted though, not big on the bling factor of chrome but really wanted a staggered set, now i have to decide if i want to rechrome or powdercoat....
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I just picked up a set on ebay, staggered for 200 bux, chrome is peeling and pitted though, not big on the bling factor of chrome but really wanted a staggered set, now i have to decide if i want to rechrome or powdercoat....
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Look into having them refinished. I know a good wheel shop up here in CT if you want their contact info.
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Look into having them refinished. I know a good wheel shop up here in CT if you want their contact info.
yeah that would be cool, they have to be refinished no matter what, i do not know if the guy drovem thru the saltiest winters or just never took care of them, but the chrome is pitted beyond belief and peeling in most areas, aside from that they are good, 1 front has a small crack in the inside lip but that is an easy fix while refinishing.....
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wait... chrome wasn't an option. Was it? I am almost 99.9% sure that there were no OEM chrome contours.
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yeah that would be cool, they have to be refinished no matter what, i do not know if the guy drovem thru the saltiest winters or just never took care of them, but the chrome is pitted beyond belief and peeling in most areas, aside from that they are good, 1 front has a small crack in the inside lip but that is an easy fix while refinishing.....
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wait... chrome wasn't an option. Was it? I am almost 99.9% sure that there were no OEM chrome contours.
i did not think so but in the last month i have seen 2 cars locally with them and ebay has had 3 oem sets, would be kind of a coincidence if everyone suddenly decided to sell contours that they had chromed. i have a buddy that works for BMWNA over in Park Ridge, NJ that I am trying to get in touch with to ask and research for me.
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First, who would want chrome contours (hoesntly)

Second, I highly doubt they are OEM. I have no source to make me credible, but I am almost positive. If they sell for cheap then you know they are not OEM. Are they stamped on the inside of the wheel with any markings to say it's oem?
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First, who would want chrome contours (hoesntly)

Second, I highly doubt they are OEM. I have no source to make me credible, but I am almost positive. If they sell for cheap then you know they are not OEM. Are they stamped on the inside of the wheel with any markings to say it's oem?
BMW...OEM wheels have a "BMW" stamp on the inside.
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