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Old 03-06-2018, 04:05 PM
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Wheel Hysteria - Need Help Deciding On Brands!

Hi All,

Been loving the wealth of information everyone in the forums is providing. I've been able to do some cool stuff to my new W212 that I would've struggled with otherwise.

Anyway, I'm looking to upgrade my wheels for the summertime. I've finally narrowed done my preference to 7 spoke 'BBS' style wheels, which I'm not exactly sure of the name, but I'm a fan of the classic good looks.

I'm looking to keep the wheel cost under 1500 if at all possible - so I know that rules out HREs, for example. But I am looking for QUALITY that will last and have resale value.

Here's some wheels I've had an interest in (all in brushed silver):

https://www.mrrwheels.com/collection...s/products/fs1

http://velgenwheels.com/project/velg...-matte-silver/

http://rohanawheels.com/rohana-wheel/rc26/

https://www.avantgardewheels.com/ava...-classic/m590/


Anything I may be missing? TL;DR, MRR FFS1, Velgen VMB7, Rohana RC26, and Avant Garde M590 - am I looking at quality stuff here?

Thanks for ANY help you can provide.
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Whoops - went ahead with the M590s and some Conti DWs! Looking forward to it.
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Out of the ones you posted.
My preference atleast.
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Ahhh, I know youíre just one dude but thatís reassuring.

The wheel decision can send you spinning.
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Ha! You are obsessed. I like the M590 wheel and choice of tire. Nicely done!
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Ha! You are obsessed. I like the M590 wheel and choice of tire. Nicely done!
LOL, yeah, guilty. I zero in on something like a hawk until Iím satisfied. I really thought about the entire quality of replicas and the whacky offsets between them all, etc.

Then I saw that classic design on the M590s and I remember wanting them on my second car, a Ď99 Jetta in 2004 and I was sold. I convinced myself theyíll be better quality, have better resale, and a good warranty.

Called the local distributor, he got me on Conti DWS06s in 245/35 and 285/30 with OEM TPMS, mount, balance, and install for 2300 cash.

...that was a quick phone call.

Iíll post the results when theyíre on here and on the pic thread!
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Heyo! Finally got the wheels put on today.

The dude at the wheel distributor mentioned that my former wheels had the wrong tires on them - 245/45 I believe, and as a result, I was rubbing the front fenders on turns. It slightly twisted the lip of the fender, but I was able to turn it back with a little oomph.

The new wheels have 245/35s on them, which do appear a bit smaller. The wheel well is naturally a bit more apparent, which I'm still getting used to. I'm not sure I can lower it without running the risk of those front fenders rub again - nor do I really want to now have to lower it.

All in all I'm pretty happy with the change. The older wheels were replica, and I'm probably going to replace the cracked one and throw some proper rubber on them as a winter set. They make the car appear elegant. The new wheels are definitely much more sportier, so I'm deciding what will go and stay - thinking about ditching that front lip, for instance. Might paint the rear deck spoiler black. Decisions, decisions.



Old wheels.


And the new (and dirty!)
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Those new wheels are hot! You made the right choice. Congrats!
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Thanks man! The handling is *NIGHT AND DAY*. I was driving like a lunatic all afternoon.

Did you lower your car by chance? From your signature picture, it looks like you've got a bit less wheel well exposed.
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new ones are nice...... old ones ain't too bad either.
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My car is not lowered. Normal sport spring suspension. No Airmatic
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My car is not lowered. Normal sport spring suspension. No Airmatic
Ah, cool. Apparently I also have the sport spring suspension. I may leave it the way it is, maybe the tires are lacking some sheen so it's more apparent. I'll give it a week.
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Man - fuuuuuuuuck this.

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dafuq,why? how? hope they are covered, atleast you're in time to buy such packages for coverage.

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The biggest pothole Iíve seen in my life. Iím in NY and the roads have been terrible.

It took two. Still waiting for the tow truck. Not sure if the tires ate **** either.

I bought a wheel and tire warranty package when I got the car. Theyíve been notoriously ****ty but hopefully they come through here.
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Take a picture of the pothole. I need to see this thing. I'm in Chicago and our roads are just as bad or worse, but that pothole you hit has to be huge!
Unreal.
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Look at this devil.



**** YOU.

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In California - Caltrans blames potholes on earthquakes.
What's the excuse in NY?
I am sorry for your wheels man, but frankly the alloy broke too easy.
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In California - Caltrans blames potholes on earthquakes.
What's the excuse in NY?
I am sorry for your wheels man, but frankly the alloy broke too easy.
The excuse? For potholes? I mean...they're a grim reality when you use ****ty, cheap asphalt for your roads. We get a ton of snow and ice. It expands. It breaks the road. It isn't a conspiracy or anything.

But I agree, it broke way too easily for my comfort. Can't do anything about it now, can I? I did hit that mother going 50 or so, so, take it as you will.
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Honestly,

I'm pretty scared to be driving on these. I did some cursory glancing around before I purchased them and they seemed alright, but this is ridiculous. Two wheels? I mean, the pothole was bad, but not that bad.

I'm scouring the internet now and I'm seeing horror stories for these wheels. I'm screwed!
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I am old enough to remember driving East Germany autobahns in 1980's.
Original, build by *****'s slave labor, neglected by communistic government, harsh weather, yet 40 years old concrete did not have potholes and few years later, having better car I did not hesitate to keep speedometer at 200 kph
Coming back to the rims, the material does look soft from the picture, I bent MB wheel only once in my life and even the edge moved close to what you had - the rim did not crack and I did not notice the bend till 150 miles later at my destination.
There is a guy on youtube who got W211 for next to nothing and it was test- beating it on even bigger potholes than this one. The car took it "just fine" on factory rims.

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This! ^

I hate the asphalt used here. Itís cool to know MB wheels are held at a higher standard. Iím really going to try and sell these. I canít imagine Iíll take anything less than a massive hit, even when I get my wheel and tire insurance to replace two.

I was in Germany in January, cruising through Bavaria in a rented 911 without a care in the world on those incredible highways. Here, Iím swerving, zig zagging and twisting around like Iím in a third world country. Itís ridiculous.
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