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Old 06-09-2014, 11:43 AM
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Replica wheels WYSIWYG??

Has anyone had any experience with these replicas and the variance between what you see on screen and what the product actually looks like? Specifically, the concavity of the rear wheels? I see a lot of folks have the split-spoke AMG style, and they don't seem to be concave at all, but neither do the images used by the manufacturer, so those seem to be accurate.

The two wheels I'm specifically considering are 19s (et35) in the more traditional AMG 5-star, as well as the "wolverine claw". The photos I'm finding seem to imply some concavity. Anyone actually ordered these before? What did you think??

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Wheels are tough to picture without a photo on a real car. Good manufacturers usually have plenty of good photos of their wheels on similar cars. That first wheel looks like a 2007-2008 era Porsche Turbo wheel.
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Wheels are tough to picture without a photo on a real car. Good manufacturers usually have plenty of good photos of their wheels on similar cars. That first wheel looks like a 2007-2008 era Porsche Turbo wheel.
They are very similar, but they're actually SL65 replicas. Funny, I hadn't thought of that, but makes since because I always loved those Porsche wheels.
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After I had a tire rack wheel literally disintegrate after hitting a NYC pot hole, I would not buy anything but OEM wheels from the dealer.

These wheels were inexpensive, and they were cheap too.

Axis declined to do anything for me at all, until I posted these pictures on their facebook page, in a post titled Axis vs Pothole: guess who won and guess who lost.

Within 15 minutes, they had found me a new wheel.



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wow! that could easily kill someone.
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Holy crap! I would have never thought that a rim would shatter like that.
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Generally speaking....A forged wheel (like a factory Porsche Fuchs wheel) would not do this. Forging means a single piece of aluminum is smashed into shape by huge presses. Most after-markets are cast wheels, where molten aluminum is poured into a mold, hence they are usually weaker and heavier.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/....jsp?techid=90

Speaking of Porsche wheels, a set of 15" classic Fuchs from the late '60's with a well-done refinish job will go for $4 to $5k a set.
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