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Long Term Project (Part 4): 2011 9-3 Aero XWD

As with my post from last week, this post will document “Phase 2” of the exterior upgrades done to my 9-3 Aero.

November 2015:

To summarize Phase 2: “The wheels maketh the car”.

Having previously fitted my 9-5 Aero combi with some rather unique wheels (European accessory 18″ Double Blade wheels) not available in the US, I wanted to do something special for the 9-3. With winter approaching and knowing that I was going to need new tires anyway, my colleague (Till) offered to loan me a set of wheels. I agreed and within a few days some boxes arrived via FedEx from CardYourCar HQ in Munich. As I opened them, I was very excited with what he’d sent…

…Hirsch 18″ 5-Twin wheels. Having mounted and balanced my new tires (Nokian WRG3s), I quickly set about fitting them to the car. It was a night and day difference from the stock 17″ wheels, the 18s added to the character of the car and gave it an aggressive and more sporty appearance. In short, I was very happy:

More to come…

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