UTA_flyinghigh
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Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:48 pm

So it appears I quite like my new acqusition except for the nasty-looking steel wheels/plastic wheel trims.

I have sourced some OEM wheels that look like this :


Or I could fork out 200 Euro more and get a complete high-performance tire/wheel package.

Thoughts ?

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bill142
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:18 pm

Go for the complete performance package. Those rims look shit. Perhaps you could consider lowering it.
 
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:27 pm

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter):
Or I could fork out 200 Euro more and get a complete high-performance tire/wheel package.

Forgeddaboudit Moe!

Stick with OE! Aftermarket wheels are a PITA unless they are OE spec or very close to it. Differences in tire OD will effect the Vehicle speed sensor (VSS) and in some cases can alter auto. trans shift points, speedo readings and limiters. Too wide of a tire/rim will rub the fender (or "wing") , possibly cutting the tire or bending some metal. Worst of all, wide wheels are very difficult to balance (dynamically) and typically have incorrect "offset".

The "offset" dimension is critical. Offset refers to the center line of the wheel mounting surface (to the vehicle hub) in relation to the surrounding rim. Wide wheels will have more rim area protruding from the center and will cause premature wheel bearing failure.

OE dimension wheels fitted with a tire one or two ratios larger is fine. I think the wheels you have are good looking and possibly you can have them polished to a chrome like appearance for looks.
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:07 am

Those wheels do look like shit... if you've got the money, go for what looks best.
 
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Sat Jun 24, 2006 4:42 am

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 1):
Those rims look shit.



Quoting Trav110 (Reply 3):
Those wheels do look like shit.

Yeah, screw function. Who cares if the car rides and handles poorly. You can always replace the wheel bearings but you can't replace your ego. Gotta have "bling" or you're nobody.
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Sat Jun 24, 2006 4:51 am

A proper wheel/tire shop should be able to give you a good set of aftermarket wheels and tires that will perform as well or better than OEM wheels.

Even though they don't do business in your neck of the woods I suggest checking out . Their website is filled with tons of information on wheels, wheel fitment, etc...
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Sat Jun 24, 2006 6:08 am

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 1):
Perhaps you could consider lowering it.

Into a hole in the ground?

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 4):
Who cares if the car rides and handles poorly. You can always replace the wheel bearings but you can't replace your ego. Gotta have "bling" or you're nobody.

Good comment.

Dump the POS car and spend the 200+ Euro on something better.
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:02 am

Go OEM. Lowest EGO emissions  biggrin 
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:11 am

In California there are probably more rice Civics than regular ones and if you get a pair of tasteful lightweight aftermarket rims, i think those should be better than the OEM ones.

If you're going to replace the 14" inchers with another set of 14 or 15" ones, go with OEM though, so that it doesn't look ridiculous. If you're going for 17" though, aftermarket is the best and only way to go, imho.
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:16 am

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 4):
Yeah, screw function. Who cares if the car rides and handles poorly. You can always replace the wheel bearings but you can't replace your ego. Gotta have "bling" or you're nobody.

Word. Go with your heart and not your mind.... Bling-Bling baby and spend your money like a rhaaat fool!
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bill142
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RE: Alloy Shopping : OEM Or Aftermarket?

Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:21 pm

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 4):
Yeah, screw function. Who cares if the car rides and handles poorly. You can always replace the wheel bearings but you can't replace your ego. Gotta have "bling" or you're nobody.

Now your talking. Whats the point of having a whip if your not going to use it?

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