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Hi all,

I am looking to get a new set of 18" wheels for my BMW 2002 325i (E46)
I am lnterested to know whether the mv2 replica's are a worthy investment,
As I cant really afford a genuine set.

I am questioning whether the copies may adversley affect performance due to the extra weight. I've heard the genuine wheels are significantly lighter.
If the difference is minimal, then i am happy. Because cosmetically i cant see any difference.

I currently have a set of 16" on my car, hence the urgency!! :hihi

Any feedback/ advice appreciated.

Thanks
 

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Yeah. Ive replaced a few now. My local tyre centre recently had a 2 year old M5 in for a set of four tyres. They took the wheels off and all 4 were cracked :eek
BMW did replace them under warranty.
I had a set of genuine MV1's on my 318 until one of the rear ones cracked :mad
Ive not got a problem with replicas. Yeah, they are a bit heavier but who would really know :confused
Ive had a set of BK Alpina reps for a couple of years, never buckled and the paint is still like new as I look after them. :cool
 

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I'd say that replica MV's are fine. I'd be slightly cautious about purchasing from abroad or a 'faceless' internet trader. If you buy your wheels from a reputable wheel/tyre outlet then it's hardly in their interest to sell you sh1t.
There are bound to be some sub-standard products out there, but to say all of them are likely to crack is incorrect - that's the sort of thing that BMW would tell you . . . .
There are hundreds of people running on replica BMW wheels and the majority of them are 100% fine.

Buy - but buy sensibly.
 

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I'd say that replica MV's are fine. I'd be slightly cautious about purchasing from abroad or a 'faceless' internet trader. If you buy your wheels from a reputable wheel/tyre outlet then it's hardly in their interest to sell you sh1t.
There are bound to be some sub-standard products out there, but to say all of them are likely to crack is incorrect - that's the sort of thing that BMW would tell you . . . .
There are hundreds of people running on replica BMW wheels and the majority of them are 100% fine.

Buy - but buy sensibly.
Agreed :thumbsup
 

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Genuine BMW wheels and replica wheels are both made of alloy as we all know.

Alloy regardless of make + pot hole = cracks. The only wheels that will not crack on pot hole impact are steel wheels:thumbsup

Larger wheels have less tyre to absorb pot hole impact which means the wheel will be taking a greater force of the impact.

Also, Run Flat Tyres are a lot harder and less forgiving than the ordinary car tyre which is why BMW wheels are becoming cracked:frown

I used to work in a performance centre that specialised in alloy wheels and I could not confirm whether the statement regarding weight is true? We never used to weigh wheels before fitting:rofl
 

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I had some replica 19" AC scnitzer type 4s on my car when I first got it, they looked really nice BUT they were heavy, scratched easy and were generally pants in all other respects apart from looks.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback guys, i will wait until a set of genuines come up on ebay i think. Though these look quite nice :)
aftermarket alloys are a different kettle of fish than replica wheels imo.
stick with a well known brand and you wont go far wrong ;)
 

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while workng as a tyre fitter i changed hundreds of tyres on BMW cars of all kinds and not once have i ever seen a cracked rim,genuine or otherwise,infact come to think of it i can't remember ever seeing or hearing of any rims on any car cracking unless following a crash or serious impact against a kerb etc,and as for weight,unless you're taking part in serious motorsport in a car with balanced and finely tuned suspension loadings etc then i'd say the difference would be so small as to be immeasurable

My bigger concern when buying replicas is once fitted are the offsets true to spec,do they come with wider rears etc,that's probably a bigger issue when trying to match OEM
 

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When I worked as a Workshop Manager at South West Tyres I saw many cracked wheels. Perhaps this was because this was the company's area of expertise?

I have also spotted many out of shape tyres, split sidewall's due to manufacturing faults.

As a tyre fitter I presume you know what a spigot ring is then?
 
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