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Old 05-12-2014, 01:17 PM
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refinish wheels or buy new replicas?

I curbed two of my rims.

I can either have them repaired @ $150 each = $300 total, or purchase a set of 4 AMG Replica Rims from Simply Tire for $650 installed.

Pro's of repairing:

- cheaper
- will be using OEM Mercedes rims (they are really nice: machined double five spoke)

Con's of repairing:

- won't have an extra set of wheels for winter tires (separate purchase if any, but can use one set of wheels to save $$)
- will have to travel from Scarborough to Vaughan to drop car off where it will be worked on for a full day

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Pro's of replacing:

- will be able to use curbed wheels as winter wheels, so seasonal swap would cost approximately $60 less each time
- will take about an hour to do the install at a nearer location

Con's of replacing:

- more than twice the cost of repairing
- non-OEM replica wheels (how good are these from Simply Tire in the GTA?)


Any thought on this?
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:50 PM
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Dont quote me on this.. but I dont think the finish on the replicas is not as good as the OEM (over time).. These replicas are usually used as snows (for most folks).

I would repair.. its an E-class.. keep it OEM.
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Over the winter, I had my OEM 18" AMG machined rims refinished locally, by RIM Pro.
I've used RIM Pro before and have been really impressed with the results every time.
I would definelty recommend getting the rims refinished vs buying replicas.

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Thanks guys!
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Refinish! Replica's bend the first pot hole you go in!
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Originally Posted by TOrealtor View Post
Refinish! Replica's bend the first pot hole you go in!
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