Posted by Steve on November 11, 1998 at 12:35:28:
In Reply to: This guy is largely FOS with the replica wheels posted by Frank S. on November 11, 1998 at 12:08:07:
The MAS wheels at http://www.tires.com (under winter tires section) are the wheels I am referring to. No others. They are in fact $724.00 for a set of 4 with Yokos mnt 7 bal. They are the ones's that more than a few eng'rs are comparing to originals.Tthey are in-fact made by the same process, material, same weight, dimensions (offset included) and same warranty. BMW roundels too. None of us can tell the difference using magnifying glasses and eye loops! The only diff is the replicas cost $110.00 ea when bought with tires and the BMW originals cost $393.00 ea over the parts counter.
"Just the facts Jack"
: A few comments:
: 1. Not all BMW wheels are made by MAS - BMW sources wheels to Rondell, Ronal, and yes some BBS (e36 16"honeycomb sport package wheels)
: 2. The 17" wheels 5 spoke replica wheels with Yoko Guardex tires are $1180 for the e36 M3, and not $700 (approx) as stated.
: 3. BMWs 5 spoke (std on the M3 LTW) wheels for the M3 are forged and not cast like the knock offs. Maybe you can't tell the difference but there is a huge difference in quality and strength.
: 4. When last I checked, the diameters of the rims, and offsets were not the same as stock, and therefore they are look alikes, and not replicas
: 5. Rondell makes the M countour wheel (used to be std on the M3 lux)
: Just the facts jack