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Staff Cars: Dan's E36 318is

Good news: New rims. Bad news: Small brakes!

BMW E36 318is Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 17-inch matte black
Team Dynamics 17s keep it bad boy in matte black

"Rims maketh the car," said William Maxspeare over a frothy ale as he pored over a copy of Ye Olde Max Power in the tavern way back in the day. Oh boy, was he right.


While I can bang on all day about my make-it-drive-real-sweet OEM+ plans for the little BM, rolling on weeny stock rims is clearly a heinous crime. Well, the Max police can cancel their warrant for now cos I've just fitted these 17-inch, Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2s. Looking tough in matte black.


BMW E36 318is Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 17-inch matte black

Paid a pretty good price for them, too. Wheelbase had them on a deal for £100 a corner, plus the Falken tyres at about £80 each. Millsy said I had enough tyre to plough a field on the stock rims. Not anymore, mate! (could do with being a touch lower, though! - Millsy)


I went for this inconspicuous motorsport look because it looks tough and this car lives on the street. If I do fully Max the BM, instead of buying another car to go fully mad on, then it'll likely have a bit of the E36 M3 about it, which will need something larger, shinier, and more conspicuous (to tea leaves!) to top off the look. So, for now, while I source an LSD to finish off my current plan of low, firm and fast-ish for back lane blasting, these classic motorsport multi-spokes'll do the job nicely.


BMW E36 318is Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 17-inch matte black

I went for the Falken rubber for a few reasons. I'd never run them before - after years of Yokohama and Toyo - and a few reviews said these FK510s were a good all rounders; sitting between Yokohama and Bridgestone in the price list. I'll report back on stickiness at a later date.


So, well happy with the look and the build quality is good, especially at £100 each. But, as we know, life's an endless bitch, and as I'm snapping away for these here pics, it hit me just how small my brakes are. OEM+ means big brakes for sharp stops. Guess I'd better add them to the list!


BMW E36 318is Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 17-inch matte black
Brakes as big as a mouse's member :(

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Maxers_Dan
Maxers_Dan
30 dic 2019

Looking good, Graham. Thanks for posting a pic :)

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Graham Gibbons
Graham Gibbons
29 dic 2019

Here's my wheels on my Jag S-Type R. 18" wheels refurbished in anthracite grey metallic. F-Type R growler bolts in black chrome finish and XF-RS black locking nuts. The gap between the caliper and wheel is about 5mm. They only just clear the sticky wheel weights the tyre place put on. The tyres are Goodyear F1 asymmetric 3s that cost about £180 a corner. Those team dynamics suit the BM but it is crying out to be dropped a bit to reduce that gap.


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Maxers_Dan
Maxers_Dan
28 dic 2019

Good shout mate. Should be cheaper too and I can go for that right now!

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330 brakes will sort that right out, calipers off a breaker and some fresh discs/pads 🤙🏼

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