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Quality of Reps
#1
Hi Guys

My 18 Inch E90 lci Msport rims are all due for a refurb.
when you factor the cost of doing all four, it would work out the same, if not cheaper to use them as a trade in, and get a new set of reps.

Now here is the part i am not sure about.
How are the quality of the these rims? Im talking about the Oem look reps like Autostyle and all these other Wheel and tire shops sell.

Do they handle impacts as well as the original rims do? I find the Spider rims i have are very robust, and add confidence (i have normal, non rft tires on)

Any one have any experience with them?

Examples:
https://www.autostyle.co.za/product/18-e...oy-wheels/
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#2
As far as I know you get different manufacturers of the different rep wheels so you'll grt varying strengths and quality. I've got the same style reps in 19" and I've hit a few potholes with them - No issues here. Maybe it's also because I slightly overinflate my tyres? Over a yeah of driving and no issues yet.
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#3
please dont do that rather go OEM, fakes always look like fakes in my opinion.

Unless its something unusual which was never OEM
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#4
Agree with Stealth ,

Why would anyone want to fit fake wheels on their car ? The most important safety part of the car , that which keeps you on the road?
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#5
Dont do it.

They never fit the same as OEM.
Iv been down this road.
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#6
Most OEM BMW wheels don't look that great anyway. If you are going with reps rather just get a nice design one time. Quality will not be that great but neither are the OEM BMW cast wheels. Style 225 comes to mind for low quality.
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#7
That seems a bit harsh. Really? Most?
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#8
get e34 wheels strong as f@#k lol
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#9
Not all reps are bad! Some are even stronger than OEM! There are plenty of OEM wheels that buckle with the slightest bump.

I am running reps of the style 359 with no issues. The reason for reps is cause an OEM will never fit a normal E90 with offsets. I don't see much of a difference except for the concave not being as deep, other than done, perfect
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#10
to each their own but i think there are lots of great OEM BMW wheels geez! BMWs look great with OEM wheels
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#11
Gents, I think "most" is a fair statement for the E9x generation. 16, 17" wheels are included too, not just talking about the large sizes only.

Maybe when we get to the larger sizes, there are more on the better looking side than not.

I think the wheels from the E9x generation are known for buckling and cracking with very little impact. The OP is talking about the E9x generation here.

We can probably name the few that looked good from that generation. 359, 260, 225, 313. There's probably a few I'm missing too.

I didn't mean to offend with the statement.
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#12
Tried a few of reps in the past. Not a fan of reps at all.
Reps wheels are usually heavier. Offset usually gets compromised.
I will stick to OEMs or reputable brand like BBS, OZ, ENKEI,
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#13
Thanks for all the feedback guys, maybe ill wait for a decent special on the a full wheel refurb.

Im always just scared the wheel repair places don't get the nice shiny oem look.
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#14
Question on the refurbishment side. Does the rim ultimately become weakened by the process? I know that heat is applied in the repair process and if one has rims repaired more than once would that not be a compounding effect of heating and cooling. I am referring of course to alloy as opposed to some steels which are made harder through repeated heating and cooling.
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#15
This would entirely depend on the temperature to which it's heated and time it is left at a certain temperature, I would assume the reputable refurb places take this into consideration and apply an appropriate heat treatment post-refurb.
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#16
That would make sense. I'm having to make a similar decision with the 18in Msport rims on my 320d. Repair (again) or look for replacement good used (hens teeth and pricey) dunno anymore
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#17
"Most OEM BMW wheels don't look that great anyway"
we were referring to this and nothing else...not strength etc.
but no worries
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#18
To be honest I think the non msport rims are stronger
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#19
As some said, not all reps are bad, for example Hartmann are as good as OEM... otherwise just go Z Performance and call it a day
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