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Old 03-23-2004, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, I've talked to my local BMW dealer and I'm going to purchase a set of 17" Chrome Style 44 wheels (7 spokers) for my 95 325i. Problem is, I'm not digging my dealers cost which is nearly 3gs!!!! Here's my question, I've seen "replicas" that to me look perfect other then they're missing the little oem logo on the inside for around 750 shipped. They say they'll work perfect with my car and I'll have no issues. Thing is, I've heard that BMW suspensions are very sensitive to wheels that aren't made by BMW themselves. Is this true? Or is there anything I should look out for when purchasing non bmw made wheels? thanks in advanced...
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That is the first I have heard of that theory. I guess maybe indirectly. Replicas are weaker rims and do have a chance of bending or breaking. But if you aren't goign to ride that hard, then go ahead. Area you sure u want style 44 lol? Aren't those the e46 stock wheels? If you go with replicas, you can find better styles at about the same price.
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replicawheels.com is one place to check out.. I think most places that sell replicas will garuntee them against bending.. Not real sure, but a lot of wheel manufacturers provide a warranty. just check them out first.
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What's the matter? You guys don't like Style 44? I for some reason have always loved them. Give me your favorite bmw styles...
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I like the 95 M3 wheels...
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I don't know about that suspension theory, I see way to many bimmers with non oem wheels for this to be true. Did the dealership tell you this? That would explain it.
As for replicas just make sure they are hub centric other than that they should be fine. And you can buy the center caps to keep them looking oem.
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what does " Hub centric mean???
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