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Old 04-05-2013, 01:15 AM   #1
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Expensive stock alloys

Hey guys ! Am I missing something here ? I can buy a set of nice aftermarket wheels-new , for basically the same price as stock spokes on my ZX5 . As easy as it is to bend the rim on these alloys , is there any real reason to go with stock spokes ? Besides looking better and weighing less , will aftermarkets stand up as well as/better than stock spokes ? Thanks !


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There are brands of wheels that are known to bend or break easily. Some will be just a good as stock. It just depends. Do lots of research before pulling the plug on a set of aftermarket wheels and results will come up if they are prone to breaking on other forums.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:19 AM   #3
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Thanks O-G ! It`s just drivin` here in WV , I`ve ruined 7 rims in 4 years or so . And without almost paying the price of a new alloy , you can`t get `em fixed . So I just thought I`d look around . Even eBay wants $130 for an alloy . When I get my post count up I`ll start visiting the classifieds here . peace
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I'm in wv and have a buch of focus wheels. Pm me. What part of the state?
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No one has asked the most important question here. What stock wheels do you have?
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You could just roll on basic steel wheels if all you're concerned about is ruggedness and reliability. And they're dirt cheap - $100 for a set of 4 around here.
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New " stock" alloys aren't cheap, even at mail order prices. They ARE higher quality than many attractive aftermarket wheels, particularly regarding balance, fitment, and strength.

Methods of manufacture determine strength, weight & price. As a general rule, the lightest & strongest are the most expensive (some light racing wheels being the exception, with rims that can be bent easier than cheaper wheels).

One inexpensive type to avoid would be a "stud centered" wheel as opposed to a "hub centric" type which fits closely to the center ring of the hub. Many "hub centric" wheels use adapter rings to fit a particular brand, to reduce the number of variants necessary in production. "Stud centered" wheels are less likely to "run true", and carry a lower weight rating than "hub centric" wheels, so you can assume lower strength overall for that type.

"DOT" rated btw is actually the LOWEST testing & approval standard, you'll run into higher grades such as "tuv" approved as you do your research.

On a side note, rims often get "flat spot" dents on the inner rim, which can often be straightened with judicious application of a dead blow hammer after deflating the tire. (grin)

This only applies to relatively minor dents, for example any dent large enough for the tire to lose air would be FAR beyond this range....

Luck!
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