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Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by MSGGrunt » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:35 pm

I saw an E24 on EBay that has throwing start rims on it with the "star" painted what looks like to match the body color.

Opinions wanted on what the "star" would look like painted/powder coated red to match my car? I was thinking gold as well for that period correct look but, I'm thinking these style of wheels would not lend themselves to that style/look.
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by GRNSHRK » Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:54 pm

Grunt, I think it's a matter of what color your 6er is, as some will not be as subtle as others :-k

Mine are still OEM silver but was thinking about having them done in Nagaro Silver, a somewhat darker shade that I think would go nicely with the dark green paint [-o<

But red, think I would try to do a Photoshop job and see what it would appear like, IMHO I think it's gonna be a bit on the loud side :-"
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by dwcains » Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:34 pm

Agreed - maybe a slightly darker silver, but red wheels on a red car just doesn't match the character of an E24. Just my opinion.
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by francoid » Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:48 pm

To each their own. I can't associate the star rim with the E24. To me it's an E34 wheel.
That said, if you want to see what red wheels look like, here's a good example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E28-E34-535 ... jf&vxp=mtr
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by davem6 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:11 am

GRNSHRK wrote:Grunt, I think it's a matter of what color your 6er is, as some will not be as subtle as others :-k

Mine are still OEM silver but was thinking about having them done in Nagaro Silver, a somewhat darker shade that I think would go nicely with the dark green paint [-o<

But red, think I would try to do a Photoshop job and see what it would appear like, IMHO I think it's gonna be a bit on the loud side :-"
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by MSGGrunt » Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:51 am

I figured "Too Loud" would be the verdict in red but I had to ask. White would be the other option but, this would probably look too "Tuner" for the E24.

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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by francoid » Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:03 pm

Am I the only one not convinced about the period correctness of the wheels themselves? Again, it's a matter of taste, and personal experience :)
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by hornhospital » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:09 pm

If period correctness was the normal guide, we'd all be using Metric bottle caps or Style 5s. [-X

Some wheels just look wrong on our cars to some people. I have no problem with the throwing stars on an E24, provided they aren't gussied-up with gaudy centers. The same wheels look good on some later cars, like E36s (a friend has them on his E36)
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by francoid » Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:17 pm

I don't quite see it like that. The E24 existed without TRX and metrics. There was a set of standard wheels that were appropriate from the start. There were also other BMW of the same period with standard wheels. There are styles that are clearly period appropriate. Also, the TRX wheels were styled very similarly to several contemporary standard sized BMW and BBS wheels that many of us are using today. While not using the TRX makes the car not original (and could be a negative for Concours d'Elegance) it's absolutely a non event with respect to having a credible, contemporary look for the car.
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by francoid » Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:19 pm

In addition, the contemporary after market wheels from Alpina and BBS and many others are also appropriate in my opinion. I run Alpina wheels on the M6 that I saw in the late 80s on E24s and that are in my view appropriate.

Taste is subjective, period appropriateness is not as much. The star wheels did not exist during the E24 era.
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by GazM3 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:43 am

One of the good things about the Bmw community I general is they are pretty easygoing in regards to using modernised parts from other models as upgrades.

The throwing stars don't look too bad at all.

If we were all about period correctness as others have said we would use metrics or 14"rims. Throw in some asbestos pads and also use ron91 (mon87) fuel.

I'm going through the same dillema whether to use 18"rims as I really want to run pilot supersports as I have them on a few other cars and think they would be ideal.

I'm going to cut up a set of 3 piece metrics to make them. Period correct we'll probably not but the improvement to mechanical grip of the modern rubber will be a nice trade off.
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by francoid » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:01 am

Sorry to repeat it, but I don't see it in that way... Having worked with Michelin and BMW Motorsport and Alpina around these cars, I remember vividly what we tested, and hence what could be deemed period appropriate.
Beyond that, whether specific things look good or not is subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your opinion of how the stars look on this car, and mine, differ sharply. However that's not an objective criteria, only opinions.
As for 18", I have written elsewhere (based on my former experience as head of sports tires at Michelin (designer of the Pilot Super Sport, working in particular with BMW Motorsport, with hundreds of laps of the Nurburgring in joint testing among others) that I would advise against that size (for objective criteria).
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by BamaE24 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:14 am

I think the (unmodified) stars look good on an e24, if they match the styling of that specific car. Some cars of the same model look good with some wheels, others do not. Depends on the overall look of everything combined imho.

Edit:Someone had mentioned tires earlier. Fwiw, I use Eagle GT's in 235/45r17. Haven't had a single issue out of them, they are wearing great. Car stays stuck to the pavement to the extent of what I'm capable of safely driving, but I just cruise. Wet traction is excellent imo.
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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by bcadmin » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:01 pm

To each their own...

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Re: Throwing Star Rim Advice

Post by MSGGrunt » Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:03 pm

Agreed, I like them but, they may not be everyone's flavor. Just like I think some of the Alpina wheels look like... well, let's just say I'm not a fan. But, that is just my taste and I don't fault others for liking them. Just like I tolerate my stock cassette radio while others like something more modern.

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