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Post by ozbmwnut » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:07 am

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Beautiful,.... Elegant.....Timeless.........

I absolutely love this look.

P.S. i think even the stance is perfect. what springs and shockers does it have please. i want this very stance for mine.
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ozbmwnut wrote:I absolutely love this look.

P.S. i think even the stance is perfect. what springs and shockers does it have please. i want this very stance for mine.
Absolutely bog/stock standard! Original Eibach ///M springs (swapped around for highest standing height to driver's side) + rebuilt last year Bilstein P36/B46 shocks with original BMW ///M valving as per original factory specs. The only differences between these shocks now and how they were delivered new is that they now have much longer lasting and durable teflon internal piston seals which simply didn't exist when the shocks were originally made in the 1980's. A sensible upgrade strongly recommended by Sydney Shocks who rebuilt them for me.

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Re: What do you think the best looking rims are for the shark?

Post by ozbmwnut » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:14 am

Given yours is an "M', and mine is not, maybe that is the difference.

Right now mine looks very high at front, she looks like a space shuttle coming in to land..
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Post by DRPM635CSi » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:00 pm

ozbmwnut wrote:Given yours is an "M', and mine is not, maybe that is the difference.
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Post by ozbmwnut » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:11 am

My god. this thing is stunning from all angles.

I was in perth for 3 days last week buying another car, you are lucky that i didn't see these pics last week, otherwise i probably would have been stalking you........

P.S. sorry to everyone else for highjacking this post.......
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Post by DRPM635CSi » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:05 am

ozbmwnut wrote:My god. this thing is stunning from all angles.

I was in perth for 3 days last week buying another car, you are lucky that i didn't see these pics last week, otherwise i probably would have been stalking you........
It does get some stares on the road for sure. Mostly I expect just from the fact that any E24 these days looks so vastly different to the styling of every other melted soap bar car design aesthetic being churned out by every manufacturer these days that they stand out like a sore thumb. In most cases they just look really, really old and out of style.

Here in Perth, any E24 would be a very rare sight indeed. I can't remember the last time I saw one other than my own driving around in the wild. So if you were another driver and you knew what you were looking at, any E24 would be a pretty strange sight to see, an ///M E24 wearing ALPINA wheels would be especially so. I was using it to deliver a bent E38 Styling 61 wheel to the local restorer here last week and copped three young tradesmen hanging out the side of their light utility truck at a set of traffic lights clambouring over each other to get a look. All three of them wouldn't have been as old as the car's 32 years!

Just for the record, I've read the approximate split of production numbers of these 1988 variety ALPINA wheels was like this:
8.1/2" width = 50% of total production (E24 size either square or staggered, front only fitment)
9.1/2" width = 30% of total production (E24 rear size for staggered fitment)
10" width = 15% of total production (E31 rear suitable size only)
8" width = 5% of total production (winter wheel option for snow+ice tyre fitment)

Obviously, you would have had to have been an absolutely filthy rich fanatic to have ordered up a set of genuine ALPINA wheels to use as the winter wheel fitment to cop all the abuse salted roads would give them at the time. I dare say almost all buyers would have instead chosen to just not drive their expensive ALPINA car at all during winter, or if they had to, then to fit it with a cheap and nasty set of steel wheels for those few months rather than fork out another fortune for a temporary set of ALPINA's while the wider summer set were in storage.

For that reason, the 8" width set I have were very rare indeed. I've never seen another set like mine on another car or in photographs at all. I'm not claiming mine are the only set there are, that would be ridiculous, but I've never come across another set for sale or even mentioned anywhere. For me, they are the perfect TRX replacement for an E24. They are as close as it's possible to get to the original TRX size fitment of 16.1/3" x 7.2/3" et19 wearing a 240/45-415 tyre. Mine are fitted with the very common 235/45-17 size. Being such close equivalents, there were no nasty surprises in handling or road feel when swapping over. Car drives exactly the same now with the ALPINA's as it did with the OE TRX's, which is something I particularly wanted to maintain. Didn't want any extra tramlining, heavy steering, front end shimmy, understeer or other nastiness you can commonly get when doing plus/staggered fitments.

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Re: What do you think the best looking rims are for the shark?

Post by ArneR. » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:57 am

My replika Alpina on 17"

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With two piece 18" Alpinas

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Post by ArneR. » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:03 am

My other 635 CSI on 17" BBS

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On 19" Lemans replika

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Post by MVX11V » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:23 pm

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17" Style 5's all day long.

@ArneR , what springs/ height is your one with the gold BBS on? Mine needs to go up after years of scraping the tarmac.
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Post by GRNSHRK » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:37 pm

Can't believe I never posted in this thread #-o

Slightly biased, of course ( aren't we all :-k ) but I moved away from the traditional period correct cross spoke wheels for something more modern :-({|=

So that meant maybe something with 5 spokes, but still keeping BMW OEM, which I am a stickler for :-"

Throwing Stars it was :shock:

But not just any set, had to be staggered, and polished, of course :roll:

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Post by ArneR. » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:56 pm

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17" Style 5's all day long.

@ArneR , what springs/ height is your one with the gold BBS on? Mine needs to go up after years of scraping the tarmac.
Sorry for not seing your question before. It sits on Bilstein dampers, and Eibach springs.

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Post by LarryM » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:45 am

I've always liked the BBS RS on 1980s BMWs. Here's mine, with RS 198 (17" X 8.5" X ET13) and 245/40-17 Dunlops.
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Post by northNH » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:58 am

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Post by hornhospital » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:36 am

Those look somewhat familiar. Not exactly the same, but very similar.
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Post by randall977 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:33 pm

I'm quite a fan of the original 77 - 84 wheels, I preferred the larger ones to begin with but these do suit the car imho.

The early rear bumpers are also quite nice too - subtle design.

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Post by olympia57 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:13 am

randall977 wrote:
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I'm quite a fan of the original 77 - 84 wheels, I preferred the larger ones to begin with but these do suit the car imho.

The early rear bumpers are also quite nice too - subtle design.


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I'm with you on this . I sway between original and larger dia. too , so much so have embarked on refurbishing the OE 14 " Mahles that were fitted new .
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Post by randall977 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:58 pm

I don't think you'll regret it - my spare is the original Mahle and I managed to pick up x4 boxed genuine BMW ones off eBay for £300 last month. The car came with M6 BBS TRX alloys - the Mahles look like bicycle tyres in comparison - nice an easy to roll though - which is all my car does at the moment!

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Post by cgswift » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:51 am

I reiterate, 17 inch Style 5's are my premier choice. Bilstein sports with Eibach lowering springs have been my choice for many years. Still have a box of brand new Eibachs available for what I have into them. Toph
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Post by SenorShark » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:00 am

I currently have a set of 16" Borbet Type A wheels on mine.
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Post by CSGuy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:31 pm

tschultz wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:57 pm

On my early Euro, I have 17x8 style 32 wheels. They are great looking wheels on a shark-- probably my favorite.
From E39, will need hub-centering rings. Tire size 235/45/17

Hi Tschultz,

Can I ask the offset on the front 32 wheels?

Not my car but I do like the look.


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Post by brickwhite » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:34 pm

16" BBS Rs....


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Post by tschultz » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:42 pm

CSGuy wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:31 pm
tschultz wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:57 pm

On my early Euro, I have 17x8 style 32 wheels. They are great looking wheels on a shark-- probably my favorite.
From E39, will need hub-centering rings. Tire size 235/45/17

Hi Tschultz,

Can I ask the offset on the front 32 wheels?

Not my car but I do like the look.
Yes, 17x8 Style 32's are ET20.

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Post by CSGuy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:23 pm

Awesum...Thank you sir...I got a great price on the same 32's from ebay and wasn't sure they would remain a deal lol

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Post by Bostn635csi » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:26 pm

BMW Rondell Style 58's.
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Post by 69BMW2002NH » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:08 pm

Love my Joengbloed wheels!

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