Posted by Steve on November 11, 1998 at 14:43:19:
In Reply to: Re: BMW Wheels are (currently) made by MAS of Ital posted by Pete on November 11, 1998 at 14:11:47:
Well described Pete. I keep trying to tell posters on this MAS wheel subject that they (MAS) do not make ALL BMW wheels for ALL BMW cars. They are used (as many other qualified suppliers are) to supply parts (in this case wheels) to BMW manufactured to BMWs specs. BTW MAS does have permission to sell the wheels in the aftermarket but they're supposed to stipulate "no Roundels" in the center. A salesperson at an aftermarket company (I won't say who) told me so. We'll these aftermarket people sometimes don't follow all the rules and try to get away with something (like the center Roundels) as long as they can.
: Keep in mind that BMW has multiple suppliers for parts that it outsources, who are not always what people would expect them to be.
: One example is sports seats -- which many people assume are Recaros -- but the only one that actually came with actual Recaros is the E21 320is.
: Instruments - VDO, Motometer
: Lights - Bosch, Hella, ZKW, NAL
: and so on...
: I can say for certainty that the 16" double spoke wheels that I have are mfg by Hayes Wheels in Italy (now Hayes Lemmerz Int'l), one of the largest wheel suppliers in the world.
: In all likelyhood, the cheaper replicas may be exactly the same thing, if the supplier's BMW contract allows them to make and sell the replicas on their own, but one has to be sure that you are getting exactly the same thing. The double-spoke replicas at Autodesigntechics has a 7.5" rim width versus the 7" for the original BMW.
: One other thing to keep in mind that in many cases, replica pseudo-OEM parts may be cheaper for a reason, namely inferior quality. If you want a lesson in parts suppliers and parts quality, talk to Steve D'G. at the Ultimate Garage. The things he discovers can enlighten and frighten.