While I was cruising the Bimmerforums website last night, I came across this particular E39 BMW 5 Series sedan that really impressed me. This car was built by a Bay Area Bimmer owner that goes by the screen name of PavelK313. This E39 just looks right. Pavel didn’t even need to modify the bumpers, mirrors and all that jazz, because he concentrated his efforts on what really matters – the STANCE.
There was actually a lot of debate on the Bimmerforums about his low stance, his stretched tires, etc… can you believe that some people actually DIDN’T like it?! I laughed out loud when I read some comments from Bimmer owners that mentioned the same old things that anti-tire-stretch people say when they see outstanding feats of mathematics like this one. “I hate stretched tires. They make your classy car look ghetto, like a lowrider Impala! Tire stretch is stupid because it lessens your contact patch with the ground!” Oh, and let’s not forget, my absolute favorite… “I hope you like curb rashed lips on your wheels, because that’s what you’re gonna get if you stretch your tires!” LOL
So props to Pavel on his superior mathematics skills. After all, calculating proper offset and stance is the type of math they need to teach you in school, but they don’t. In order to get this look, you need to get an aggressive enough width (but not too much), the right amount of drop to get rid of the fender gap, and the right amount of camber to tuck the tire sidewalls. So… does anyone want to make an educated guess on Pavel’s wheel and tire sizes/offsets?
Just look at the stance in the back! In Japan, they call that type of stance tsuraichi. The words tsura and ichi used together have the meaning “to become one.” In this case, the wheel has seemingly “become one with the fender.”
Super sick. RESPECT!
:: Antonio Alvendia