How To Identify BMW Wheels?


I believe these wheels were taken from a 2007 X3, but I’m not sure. Most recently, I used them as winter wheels on my 2014 328 GT. In order to sell them, I’m attempting to determine what model they were and which automobiles they would fit. Or, if they happen to fit the bill for an F10, I’ll retain them.

If anyone here can identify them from a picture, that would be fantastic. If not, please let me know of a decent site to look them up in.


Numbers are cast or stamped onto the middle portion of OEM wheels. These might correspond to the BMW part numbers that you can purchase from the dealer or perhaps online (you may want the German part numbers, usually different from the U.S. part numbers). The original 8 x 18 front wheel’s part number is 368018, while the original 9.5 x 18 rear wheel’s part number is 369518, according to a three-year-old Bekkers catalog. These are, at most, abbreviated BMW part numbers. If Bekkers are feeling friendly, they might be able to tell you the complete part numbers and/or the identification symbols on the inside of the wheel. It’s pretty chilly outdoors, so I’m afraid I can’t offer to take the wheels off and check.

Make sure to check the specs because some “Chinese clones” of OEM wheels are produced in other sizes, such as 8.5 in. width or different diameter. A good sign would be the availability of OEM tires in the appropriate sizes, such as the Dunlop 8080E or Michelin Pilot Sport.

How can I tell whether the wheels on my BMW are genuine?

BMWs are frequently linked to sophistication and athleticism. The OEM wheel of this car is frequently copied because of its brand recognition and appeal in order to capitalize on the slick appearance and feel of the design. It’s critical to understand the telltale signs of a counterfeit or imitation wheel if you’re searching for a genuine set of BMW OEM wheels.

instead of the OEM “BMW Motorsport” stamp, the front simply says “Motorsport.”

putting a driver at danger of death or serious physical harm. Fake or flawed reproduction

Where are original BMW wheels produced?

One of the biggest wheel producers in the world, Ronal is based in Germany. They created Styles 132, 199, and 214, which were shown on the X5, 3-Series, and X5 (seen above)

What company creates BMW wheels?

Beyern Wheels is the main supplier of alloy wheels for BMW vehicles. Exclusively for BMW, they have a series of unique wheels. Even the 3, 5, 6, 7 series and the X3, X5, Z3, and Z4 have unique designs. They provide wheels in a range of designs and coatings, and some even feature the BMW insignia in the middle.

Are there serial numbers on BMW wheels?

You can often tell if a rim is factory OEM by looking for the manufacturer’s emblem on the back (think Ford, Chevy, etc.). There will also nearly always be OEM type numbers on the rear of the wheel, which occasionally include the part number. The OEM wheel part number is typically stamped on the back of authentic Volvo wheels, Audi wheels, Volkswagen rims, and BMW wheels. BMW starts off its digits with 11, 66, 67, and 68, among other things!

It is likely that the sought-after wheel is not a stock wheel if the center cap or hub cap does not bear the carmaker’s mark. The center cap emblem, which is typically a reliable indicator of genuine wheels, can be misleading, though, as some aftermarket manufacturers make wheels that fit original equipment caps.

One thing to keep in mind is that factory original wheels frequently have an aftermarket finish (a different finish) than when they were first installed on the vehicle. For example, the rims might have been polished, chromed, or given a PVD chrome finish. The aforementioned wheels, which now have unique finishes, would be regarded as having a “aftermarket finish” on a rim that was manufactured by the original manufacturer.

What materials are used to make BMW wheels?

When a BMW leaves the dealership, alloy wheels are the most prevalent type of wheel. Similar to the paint job on your car, they are comprised of lightweight aluminum and finished with bright silver or a flat metallic tint before being clear coated. To match the size of your tires, alloy wheels are available in a variety of sizes. There are numerous spoked, vintage, and other variations. Your alloy wheels will require care and upkeep, much like the paint on your BMW and its parts.

How are wheel marks read?

Alongside the flange form indication, the wheels’ width is typically marked, for example: 7j, 7.5j, or 8.0j. The area shown in the shot above is essentially the wheel’s width, which is expressed in inches. In other words, your wheels are “thicker” if the number is higher.

Where is the stamping on rims?

Wheel markings can be seen on the spokes’ or hub’s backside. They occasionally appear on the inside edge of the rim as well.

  • Take the wheel off.
  • Wheel cleaning.
  • Place the wheel on its side.
  • See if there are any indications.

BMW employs 5×112?

We decided to implement the winning principle of our 5×120 spacers into this new PCD because BMW switched to a 5×112 bolt pattern. The slotted hub bolt holes have been installed within custom chambers, distinguishing the 5×112 spacer visibly from the 5×120 variation. Additionally, the pocketing was thoughtfully positioned to resemble the cutouts on the original F90 M5 wheel.

The 5×112 Future Classic wheel spacer, like our 5×120 version, is not only beautiful to look at but also a wonder to hold. Every component feels precisely constructed and adjusted to the closest tolerances thanks to our attention to detail in the machining and finishing work. Every spacer will be hard coated with anodize (Type III – 0.0005 to 0.0030″), which is a tougher, denser, and more abrasion resistant coating than more common practice techniques (Type I – 0.0001″ thick). The outcome is a spacer that will function properly and appear professional after multiple sessions, both on track and off.

Four hub bolts, race-ready Copaslip copper anti-seize, an anti-seize applicator brush, and of course, wheel bolt hardware have all been diligently sourced by Future Classic to provide the most comprehensive wheel spacer set.

The first “livery box” set is styled in motorsport design, reflecting Future Classic’s passion for racing. The Porsche variant wears the classic “Pink Pig” outfit, while the BMW box is covered with the renowned Frank Stella 3.0 CSL art car print. To provide buyers a little context for the liveries they are seeing, distinct designs are applied to the boxes across FC’s product line, a decision that truly embodies Future Classic.

  • For the best corrosion and wear resistance, use a hard coat black anodized finish (10x over standard anodizing)
  • provisions for competition use that secure the spacer to the hub
  • design with chamfered corners that is hubcentric
  • For the least amount of mass, use pockets.

Models Supported (M14 x 1.25):

  • 3-Series G20
  • 5-Series G30 and F90 M5
  • F92 M8, F93 M8, and the G15 8-Series
  • F48 X1 / F39 X2
  • G01 X3 / F97 X3M
  • G02 X4 / F98 X4M
  • G05 X5 / F95 X5M
  • G06 X6 / F96 X6M
  • G07 X7
  • Z4 G29 / Supra A90
  • i01 i3 / i12 i8

Do I require MSAV or non-MSAV? All BMW M SAV models (such as the X3M, X4M, X5M, and X6M) have unique kits called MSAV variants where the provided lug bolt length varies somewhat. For normal SAV cars with the M-Sport package, MSAV kits are not applicable.

How can you know whether rims are authentic?

Factory wheels, also referred to as OEM wheels, are the ones that came on your car when it was first put together. To be more specific, when you purchase a new car, the wheels are original stock (assuming the dealership has not changed them out). For each version of a model in a given year, most cars today offer a wide range of rim options. Because they are made by the automaker as original equipment wheels, stock wheels differ from aftermarket wheels. However, these “remakes” are not regarded OEM and are actually what the OEM wheel business generally refers to as “replica” wheels. Aftermarket wheels are made by a variety of other companies that either make custom rims or occasionally remakes of original wheels.

Even the center cap logo, which some custom wheel manufacturers apply to the center cap to imitate the factory original center cap, can be misleading when used to identify factory original wheels.

Examining the bolt pattern is another approach to determine if a wheel is aftermarket. To fit various cars, many unique wheels were made with multiple lug holes.

In addition to the center cap logo and bolt patterns, you can look for OEM markings on the back of the wheel. Almost all standard wheels will have a number or mark from the manufacturer that identifies them. If all you have is a number, you can look it up online, but be cautious because some factory wheels lack OEM marks. However, it is nearly always accurate to say that your wheel is not a stock wheel if your cap lacks an OEM logo AND your wheel’s back has no factory original equipment stampings or marks. As factory original wheels do not have these markings, “max-load” and “VIA” are two additional aftermarket telltale stampings.

Some factory wheels may have been chromed at some time, which indicates that the original has been changed because the owner may have done so to change the appearance of a used rim. Despite being a factory original rim, that used wheel is now regarded as aftermarket because it has an aftermarket finish.

What does a wheel’s marks mean?

Wheel markings, which are a series of numbers and letters on the inside of the wheel, are used to encode details about the wheel, such as its diameter, width, or offset.

On wheels, is offset stamped?

The offset is almost always inscribed or stamped on wheels somewhere, usually as part of the wheel markings (for example, 61/2 J x 15 H2 5/112 ET39 implies 39mm offset), and its measurement is in millimeters (mm). The value of the wheel offset might be zero, positive, or negative.