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Rep wheels
29-11-2019, 08:15 AM
Post: #1
Rep wheels
Morning guys

What's your guys takes on fitting rep wheels to the cars? Are they bad or will it be fine?

The pricing of original wheels may it be BMW or other brands are just crazy

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29-11-2019, 09:06 AM
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RE: Rep wheels
my philosophy now is i wouldnt wear a fake watch or LV belt so i wouldnt do fake wheels...with that being said...i am planning on fitting 18" Rep //M wheels on the E36 as they never made them in 18"

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29-11-2019, 09:20 AM (This post was last modified: 29-11-2019 09:22 AM by SubLoaded.)
Post: #3
RE: Rep wheels
There are companies that make durable reps; and then there are those that don't. In my experience, reps haven't always looked 100% there. In most cases, they bring the car down with the "cheap" finish. A good wheel really finishes the car off so make sure that the rep is a good quality one - or just completely avoid it.

Do not make the mistake of confusing "reps" and aftermarket wheels. There are some good aftermarket options out there. I currently have a Racing Hart Concepts wheel on the 5er and it's covered a lot of mileage, and bad roads, without any issues (cracking or buckling). I would rank this wheel as an entry-mid range wheel in terms of what else is out there.

You do not want a wheel that is prone to cracking. I've seen some accidents that have totally broken wheels in half so that's not something you'd want.

I would suggest that you get all the balancing wheels off, the current wheels, and weigh them all to see if they match (if they're narrows/wides then match the weight of the wheels on the same axle). You can then put it on a balancing machine to see if it is off-round or not and then take it from there.

Alternatively, if you know the company/manufacturer for the reps then post the name here and we can try collate our experiences around that specific wheel.

IMO OEM/OEM+ is best on the beemers. Thumbs

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29-11-2019, 11:07 AM
Post: #4
RE: Rep wheels
Thanks guys. I wouldn't mind looking at a good aftermarket wheel instead of a rep. I've thought about racing harts. Who could I see in Durban for racing hart wheels?

What's oem +?

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2011 Golf 6 GTI DSG - 12.9s / 214kw 465nm
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29-11-2019, 12:29 PM
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RE: Rep wheels
(29-11-2019 11:07 AM)Dees_13 Wrote:  Thanks guys. I wouldn't mind looking at a good aftermarket wheel instead of a rep. I've thought about racing harts. Who could I see in Durban for racing hart wheels?

What's oem +?

Not sure about all the vendors/re-sellers but Royal Vulcanizing and Hannaford Wheels stock them.

Here are some pics of 20s, at Royal Vulcanizing, that I was toying around with for the 5er. These are rep wheels and I don't know who the manufacturer is but they seemed pretty well built:

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OEM+ is generally mods that are "stock" from somewhere, normally within the same automotive company. ie M Performance goodies on a BMW.

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29-11-2019, 05:03 PM
Post: #6
RE: Rep wheels
Gees dude, that rim will look sick on your car!!ChefPraisePraisePraise

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29-11-2019, 06:05 PM
Post: #7
RE: Rep wheels
As the old saying goes - you get what you pay for.

In my experience, if you buy from a reputable place that moves a fair amount of stock then you know you are buying something that's fair to decent.
When I bought my 135i it had stock 264* wheels that were not repaired all that well and I put on a set of BBS reps. Done a couple track days and a few thousand kms with not faults or weaknesses.

Just know what you are buying.

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29-11-2019, 11:08 PM
Post: #8
RE: Rep wheels
Cool thanks guys. Seen some reps at premium tyres and mo's tyres. Still am looking around. Will try go past hannaford etc and see what's out there

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2013 435i M Sport - 221kw 400nm
2011 Golf 6 GTI DSG - 12.9s / 214kw 465nm
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30-11-2019, 08:45 PM
Post: #9
RE: Rep wheels
I bought a set of 18s Bbs reps on my E36 Turbo from Hannaford around 6 years ago, they are still in great condition,even when putting down 350+ kw. I check the balancing every 3-4 months and the rims are straight as ever.
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01-12-2019, 12:30 AM
Post: #10
RE: Rep wheels
Thanks bud. I appreciate the info. Will check them out. Did buy a set of R8 reps from hannaford a few years back for my Jetta. The wheels were good.

Was just worried about it on a performance car. Nice to hear they still going strong on your car with that kind of power

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2015 335i M Sport - 264kw 534nm
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2014 320i M Sport
2013 320d M Sport
2006 Subaru Impreza STI - 12.5s / 257kw 508nm
2013 435i M Sport - 221kw 400nm
2011 Golf 6 GTI DSG - 12.9s / 214kw 465nm
2012 VW Jetta 6 1.4TSi
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02-12-2019, 06:43 AM
Post: #11
RE: Rep wheels
Any wheel could break. I just discovered a hairline crack on a OEM M5 Forged wheel this weekend when swapping tyres around. Some wheels will merely handle more before failure but there is no wheel that can't fail, based on the road elements. Most issues with reps are the thickness of the walls. This is generally what causes them to buckle.

In my view. low profile RFT is a major contribution to buckled or cracked wheels.

Style 225 was notorious for this, with many owners being happy with non RFT as the low profile RFT from the factory just killed this wheel.

This is my view.

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02-12-2019, 05:40 PM
Post: #12
RE: Rep wheels
Appreciate the advice / info bud

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03-12-2019, 08:40 AM
Post: #13
RE: Rep wheels
my opinion about this wasnt about teh strength of the rim but more about if you want to put fake BBS wheels on your pride and joy.....are you someone who wears fake clothing & timepieces.

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03-12-2019, 10:32 AM
Post: #14
RE: Rep wheels
My fear is around the strength of the rim. Not so bothered about it being a fake rim.

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2013 435i M Sport - 221kw 400nm
2011 Golf 6 GTI DSG - 12.9s / 214kw 465nm
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03-12-2019, 11:07 AM
Post: #15
RE: Rep wheels
This, imo, is the only thing to be concerned about.
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03-12-2019, 08:49 PM (This post was last modified: 03-12-2019 08:50 PM by GT5.)
Post: #16
RE: Rep wheels
Strenght is an issue, have a look at a rep rim that has been in a accident

Or hit a pot hole, speak to the companies that repair rims and then it will make the decison for you
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03-12-2019, 11:04 PM
Post: #17
RE: Rep wheels
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04-12-2019, 08:58 AM
Post: #18
RE: Rep wheels
(03-12-2019 11:04 PM)Nikhil Wrote:  @Sash

Honest truth.... fit what you can afford and like. If you can afford OEM or OEM+ and you like the style and fitment....deal done. If you can afford aftermarket (slightly cheaper than new OEMS) go for it. If cheaper reps wheels are all you can afford and like the style then so be it.

@Dees_13 theres no definite answer, comparing the same type of usage will see an OEM or good aftermarket outlast the cheaper reps, but if you are cautious while driving, it could last a while.

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