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yyoon13 08-18-2010 03:04 AM

Your thoughts on replica rims
hey guys,

I recently purchased a set of 18" M3 Reps for my 06 323i but I'm not sure if I should put them on. A friend of mine has had some bad experience with replica rims in general (he drives doesnt drive a bmw but a mazda speed6) and is advising me to be careful. He's popped two sets of tires when he previously had replicas and tells me that my tires will start to have bumps and bubbling after a while since the quality of the rims aren't as good as OEMs. His tires eventually popped and he had quite a hassle to deal with. He also tells me that since bmws are such heavy cars, the replica rims have a greater chance of breaking or causing the tire to pop if I don't have good tires.

I was wondering what were some of your thoughts on replica rims and which tires would work well for me given that I drive mainly from point a to point b and handle my car carefully.

Thanks in advance

Coupedup 08-18-2010 09:33 AM

Although the price is right chances are you will spend more money in the long run. A couple of good sized potholes will cause your "reps" to bend or crack due to inferior materials used to keep them at a low pricepoint....

My advice: keep your eye out and see if you can find OEM used in good shape for the same now or pay later!

grapebimmer 08-18-2010 11:48 AM

Also, I believe the weight of the replicas might be an issue. :-/

Chris de la Cruz 08-18-2010 12:49 PM

Visit Tire District and ask for our Euro Klasse Wheel line up.

Our "replicas" are actually made under german specification and certification (TUV). The factory in which it comes from deals with mainly european and german clients with the highest standards. The finish of the wheels are close to if not better than OEM quality.

- Chris

Mystikal 08-18-2010 01:28 PM

Cheap rims don't cause tires to bubble, cheap or improper load rating tires do. Also, your car weighs 300lbs less than his, so you may want to just stop listening to this guy in general.

drivetolive 08-18-2010 01:32 PM

It all depends IMO. I have reps and ended up with a great company. I've hit some good sized potholes and drove on crappy roads and have had no problems (knock on wood).

Just remember, every rim can bend/crack. I've seen OEM rims bend. Don't get me wrong though, there's a lot of garbage out there and just be careful with what company you go with.

I've heard a lot of good things about rep companies like VMR and Miro.

Good luck.

spoony_prelude 08-18-2010 01:37 PM


Originally Posted by Mystikal (Post 1444841)
Cheap rims don't cause tires to bubble, cheap or improper load rating tires do. Also, your car weighs 300lbs less than his, so you may want to just stop listening to this guy in general.

You tell em Jay!

From my personal experience, If you drive your car in the city, it's not worth paying 2-3 times more just for the real deal. You hit a pothole with a replica no big deal 200 bucks and you have yourself a new one, now hit a pothole with a real wheel and spend your night crying like an idiot!

As for tire bubbling thats just running shitty tires or hitting potholes. I had replica bbs lms with stetched tires and never had a tire bubble or pop on me.


craigIS 08-18-2010 02:04 PM

Some reps may bed or crack more easily than others when you hit something. As stated before, just depends on the company. Be careful of which company you buy from.

Tires are key. As stated above somewhere, make sure you have tires that are properly rated for your cars weight. Also, don't cheap out and go with Motomaster tires.

yyoon13 08-18-2010 10:59 PM

thx guys, really appreciate the advice. I'll hold off on putting on the replicas for now...

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