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      04-06-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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This morning I got the Alpina 21" installed. They are 21"x8.5" ET25 Front and 21"x10" ET41 Rear. The tires are 245/35 21 and 285/30 21. Those are the sizes that come standard in the Alpina B7, which is the car these wheels come form. Normally people use 245/30 in front and 285/25 rear with 21" wheels, but i did not want to have the ride so compromised and took a chance and order the B7 tires. This raises the car about 1/2" but fills the fender gap 1/2" which is welcomed. The rise in the car height I was not able to perceive, but I was very surprised how much the fender gap was reduced. There is no rubbing at all and the wheels sit pretty flush with the fenders, so no spacers needed. I will probably postpone the installation of the AC Schnitzer springs I bought until I am sure I want to mess with the ride and handling I have right now.

Coming from Run Flats, first in my E63 and now in the F10, I was used to a pretty crappy ride and expected it to get worse with 21" wheels. To my infinite surprise, the ride is MUCH better. I purposefully rode over rough roads and even tried a few small shallow potholes and was ecstatic. The best way to describe it is that it feels like "The old Sport Package (pre RFT) BMW feel". It reminds me of both my E34 and E39 540's 6spd, which run on 17" and had the Sport Package.

Needless to say, I could not be happier. It has put to rest the great concerns I had about going to 21". I carry clients, my wife and my 2 month old baby in this car, and I am sure they would all agree the ride is better than with the original 19" wheels and RFT that came with the sport package, well, maybe the baby would not be able to verbalize it yet.

So, here are a few iPhone shots. I will update my reactions to the change after I drive the car a bit more.

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      04-06-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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looks good man!
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sweet, they look awesome! side shot is very 7er-esque.
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looks clean!

a drop would finish it!
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      04-06-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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Thanks,

Funny you would say that, in person the car looks actually smaller than before because the proportion of wheel/tire to car has changed so much. There is a bit of distortion on the photos anyway as the iPhone comes with a wide angle lens that distorts the proportions. After I give it a wash I will take some shots with my Canon 7d and a a long lens, that will show it in a more realistic light.

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I am going to hold on the drop until I get a better idea of the ride. I have a set of ACS springs but don't want to make the ride too hard. I would like the front to be tad lower and match the rear though.

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      04-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #7
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Looks awesome. Very original.
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      04-06-2012, 05:55 PM   #8
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Sweet!!
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      04-07-2012, 12:11 AM   #9
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      04-07-2012, 01:15 AM   #10
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My first choice of wheels! I knew it would look nice! How bout some Alpina pieces?
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      04-07-2012, 01:23 AM   #11
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I plan on getting the front spoiler and trunk spoiler from Alpina. I will try to add a couple more of their products in the future too. Once I got the Alpina wheels, i decided to keep all mods the same brand. I like their understated look.

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      04-07-2012, 01:55 AM   #12
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Looks so badass! Don't the ACS drop the rear lower than the front? I hate that so bad which is why I went with H&R...
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thats cool how the 21s reduced the fender gap...i thought u had it dropped with ACS
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      04-07-2012, 06:27 AM   #14
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I plan on getting the front spoiler and trunk spoiler from Alpina. I will try to add a couple more of their products in the future too. Once I got the Alpina wheels, i decided to keep all mods the same brand. I like their understated look.

You wont get much more than the wheels and the front & rear spoiler.
They do not sell the rest of the Alpina parts.
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      04-07-2012, 06:59 AM   #15
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Looks awesome, and those spokes makes the wheel look huge.
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      04-07-2012, 10:06 AM   #16
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Yes, I've noticed they do not make a lot of their products available. I will have to go to the "used market" if I want more performance parts. There are some cosmetic items available and I will probably get the floor mats, trunk mat, etc. I wish they sold the rear diffuser, that would make the exterior package click.

Funny thing, I ordered a set of Alpina tire valve caps, but they make no sense at all in these wheels as the valve is hidden by the center cap of the wheel.



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You wont get much more than the wheels and the front & rear spoiler.
They do not sell the rest of the Alpina parts.
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Nice!
They look so much larger than 21's
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That's because the spokes run almost the entire radius of the wheel. They do look quite large.

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Nice!
They look so much larger than 21's
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The Bimmer looks really gorgeous
If I hadn't so tiny engine the 21"s would be the first choice.
Excellent - Congratulation!
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I agree

Great looking car. Second I have seen with the 21" Alpinas.
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      05-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #22
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Great looking car. Second I have seen with the 21" Alpinas.
Thanks! Do you have some pics of the one you've seen? I'd love to see one that is lowered.
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