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Old 06-04-2004, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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has anyone ordered from wheelexchange.com -- are they authentic or reproductions wheels? i am thinking about ordering from them.
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No, I don't believe wheelexchange are authentic OEM wheels made by BMW. They are reproductions, but are quite done well. I've had friends who ordered through them and they seem quite satisfied with the quality.
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Old 06-04-2004, 08:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the only real differance is how they are made... replicas are castd into a mold, while real ones are forged
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Old 06-04-2004, 08:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i am looking at getting the hamann wheels from them,
they say they are forged, therefore that means they are real?
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if the say hamann then they are hamanns and thats some good stuff...

forged is a good thing.
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Old 06-04-2004, 10:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was also thinking of ordering some wheels from them. I hope they dont bend as fast as the factory ones because all four of mine have bends in them.
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if they are replicas they will bend faster....

reals are more durrable.

and how did you manage to bend all 4?
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cast and forged are mehtods of manufacturing. Forged are milled from a single block of metal. Casts are made by using liquid metal and colling it into that shape.

Forged are stronger.
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Old 06-05-2004, 01:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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tireman, i hear you all mine are bent too, i hope these hamanns will last....
ok cool thanks for the input guys, i think i am going to order them from wheel exchange
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Old 06-05-2004, 02:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ok now im really confused of which rims to get, cause i was about to order M5 Replicas Wheels for my 328i but now that some of you are saying theyll bend soon im not so sure anymore.

What would you guys suggest?

Should i got with the M5 Wheels (they look really euro wit them on an e36), or should i save my money and per say go for hamanns??
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M5 wheels I don't think will fit the E36 3XX. If you want that style I'm pretty sure you have to do replicas.
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wheel exchange reps are high quality. It is not that they will bend per se, but rather they will be more prone to bending than OEM. Unless you have a chronic addiction to hitting curbs and potholes, you should be ok.
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wheel exchange reps are high quality. It is not that they will bend per se, but rather they will be more prone to bending than OEM. Unless you have a chronic addiction to hitting curbs and potholes, you should be ok.
haha that made me laugh. I have a chronic addiction of hitting potholes, not that I mean to. I see them, mentally get out of the potholes way, but physically don't move.
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What rim size/tire size combo do you have?
Which tire manufarcturer?
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M5 wheels I don't think will fit the E36 3XX. If you want that style I'm pretty sure you have to do replicas.
thats true. and the same goes with M-Parallels
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