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Old 06-26-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Wheel quality question.

Can someone please explain the difference between a $250.00 wheel and an $80.00 wheel? Is there truly a difference? I understand weight and looks but does it matter? If you find a wheel you like that is $80.00 what are the disadvantages?

This is an honest question....I am not looking to flame. I paid $139.00 ea for my wheels because I like the look. I know nothing about the quality.

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I assume we are talking aluminum wheels. So very high quality wheels will be forged (or some of the new methods of spin casting that increase strength) while less expensive wheels will be cast. I was told (so I'm not certain this bit is true) that wheels with a JW mark indicate that they have passed some Japanese testing, and are possibly better than wheels that haven't been so certified. But forged wheels tend to be big bucks ($500+ each, at least in the BMW world). At the lower price points, I think you are often paying for the name, styling, warranty, company reputation, etc.--some of this may matter, some of this may not.

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from my experience (both sets were aluminum), its just for looks. quality....is iffy. i had expensive volk forged te37 and they bent once i hit a big pothole. i purchased knock off volks (varrstoen) on my last import and it bent/cracked on another pothole.

the difference in pricing from what you listed above is steel vs aluminum. steel is cheaper yet easier to form back into shape. Aluminum is lighter, but once its cracked/bent...look into purchasing a new spare.
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