I was pleased with so many helpful comments before that seriously steered me this way and that, so here’s an update and a bit of a bleg.
To recap, I’ going from exactly this:
To something like this, with the same 1-2″ lift, wheel spacers and bolt pattern conversion from 5 x 120mm to 5 x 4.75in. 17×9 in Cragar steel wheels, and 305/65R17 AT tires.
Their first 2 posts on the build are highly instructive.
Here’s what I have totally sorted:
- Those are Cragar steel wheels, 17×9. Like these. $106 each, so $425 for a set. Problem is, X5s have a 5 x 120mm bolt pattern and the nearest Cragar makes is 5 x 4.75in (5 x 120.7mm). Luckily, here:
- 5 x 120 to 5 x 4.75 wheel adapter. $179 for the set of 4 and I can select the thickness. 1.5″ ought to do it and take care of the oversize tire rub at steering lockout. But, maybe I’ll go with 45.75mm (1.8″) space. Better safe than sorry.
- The tires are 305/65R17. I’ll probably get these Falkens at $1,008 for the set.
So, that puts me at $1,612. I’m at a loss for the lift, and this, from their part 1:
I called ’em yesterday, looking to see what they’d nick me for to fabricate the same lift they did DIY.
Apparently, they’ve been getting a lot of inquiries and are trying to put something together. I’ve searched around online, but can’t seem to find anything that looks objectively correct. My X5 has the self leveling air suspension in the rear.
Any of you car gurus have any info on this you can shoot my way?
In terms of the color, still torn between the plasti-dip or vinyl in matte black. Here’s a real good post on DIY vinyl. Plasti-dip looks ridiculously easy by comparison. One alternative is to do the body in vinyl and then all the trim and side-view mirror housings, roof rack, etc. in the plasti-dip.
If all goes well, I should be able to get at least the cost of the lift, wheel and tire job from my existing 20″ Beyern Mesh wheels and mounted tires which still have 75% wear to go.