DennisCooper

19" M Parallel Replica's - Polished lip

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Hi,

 

A few pictures where an owner has taken the diamond cut/lacquer finish away from these wheels and hand mirror polished the lips. Safe to say, the result looks absolutely fantastic !

 

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Car and owner are in Sweden, so worse weather than us! no excuse now for owners of these wheels as well as the genuine ones not to polish their wheel lips! ;)

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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Bloody hell! They look good. I thought the polish wouldn't look as good on the replica wheels.

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Too "American" for my liking. Painted Centres would look better IMO as they would contrast the deep polished lip. Each to their own. ;)

 

C.

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There Lush, Had them on my e39, shame they don't do them in 20"

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9 hours ago, GT STEVE said:

There Lush, Had them on my e39, shame they don't do them in 20"

 

There were a few sets of 20's made. I've only ever seen a couple of sets. They were made 'somewhere' and the design was a little 'off' on them. I vaguely recall that it was an enthusiast E38 owner who had them made and wanted to try and sell them. Due to the design being a little off and not much demand, they faded away once the batch were sold. 

 

Cableguy - Too 'American' ?!  first time I've heard that! there's plenty of wheels that have a polished lip and aren't in the USA! 

 

Mastacrx - The same polish on a genuine set or higher quality wheels would mean an even better finish as the aluminium is of a higher grade. These look as good as they'll get but I think in the metal, you'd actually see more imperfections. Still way better than the diamond cut/lacquer finish though!

 

Richyx - Lots of awesome wheels out there and I'd say ones that look significantly better than MP's ! ;)

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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Yeah, but in the other hand a fully polished wheels reqiure a lot of attention to keep them spotless. 

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4 hours ago, DennisCooper said:

Cableguy - Too 'American' ?!  first time I've heard that! there's plenty of wheels that have a polished lip and aren't in the USA! 

 

Yes Dennis "Too American" as in full polished wheel. Very popular in the States as I'm sure you know.

 

C.

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Hi,

 

I've run various sets of my Hartge wheels with polished lips through winter. Yes, a little more work involved but for me, just 2-3 minutes on each lip every 4/5 days had them looking awesome again. I didn't use any sealer type products either. I will use those specialist products in the future though. 

 

Cableguy - I know what you meant, just haven't heard it like that before. The faces are still oem finish, the owner only mirror polished the lips. Full genuine Chrome is much more popular in the USA for sure and some cars including BMW's do carry that look off very well indeed. Other's less so. It's like when choosing a wheel design, they can work so fantastically well on some cars and look bad on others. Some wheel finishes can look rubbish on some cars and colour combo's, yet look almost sublime on others. 

 

Here's genuine Style 37's with a hand mirror polished lip, I think the centres are fully painted/powder coated;

 

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Cheers, Dennis!

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^^^^^^ Now those look stunning and would actually work on a daily driver if cleaned and polished weekly. ;)

 

C.

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On 11/05/2016 at 7:03 PM, DennisCooper said:

 

There were a few sets of 20's made. I've only ever seen a couple of sets. They were made 'somewhere' and the design was a little 'off' on them. I vaguely recall that it was an enthusiast E38 owner who had them made and wanted to try and sell them. Due to the design being a little off and not much demand, they faded away once the batch were sold. 

 

Cableguy - Too 'American' ?!  first time I've heard that! there's plenty of wheels that have a polished lip and aren't in the USA! 

 

Mastacrx - The same polish on a genuine set or higher quality wheels would mean an even better finish as the aluminium is of a higher grade. These look as good as they'll get but I think in the metal, you'd actually see more imperfections. Still way better than the diamond cut/lacquer finish though!

 

Richyx - Lots of awesome wheels out there and I'd say ones that look significantly better than MP's ! ;)

 

Cheers, Dennis!

 

yes and no, im struggling to find a resonable wheel i like in a certain price bracket, i like the bbs lm reps, but not the dish as its tepped, the cruize wheel has a flat dish but the spokes are curved which puts me off

 

only other is a works wheel but there 3.5k so no chance of that unless theres a rep out there whch i cant find anyhow

 

id like a 19 inch wheel with a staggered off set but a good size dish andnot matterhow much i look i cant find anything

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Hi Richy,

 

It does sound as though you are in the £400-600 price bracket which is the unbranded replica level. These wheels are made for 'popular' style choices of the genuine article and always using the cheapest materials, low end manufacturing and then finishing. 'Generally' speaking, flat lip or reverse lip wheels don't tend to get done in replica format/price levels. There's plenty of choices in higher pricing levels, but it seems you won't want to go the £800-2000 level. What currently is your ideal budget range?

 

The last set of 19" MP replicas I sold was a couple months ago and went to the USA as my customer paid within a few hours the full £800 asking price. With every week/month that goes by, it's looking less and less likely more new batches of these will be made, so any sets that do come up for sale need to be purchased quickly and at whatever price they're asked!

 

I guess one way of looking at it is that if nothing comes along to purchase, you can keep saving up more and then you'll be able to go for much better quality wheels with the deep reverse lip style that you want. Sets do come up quite often and I can source wheels too. Drop me a PM with what you'd ideally like and I'll see what I can do !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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my budget would be about 800, but its something that i will wait on as the wheels make the look of the car tbh, i dont mind reps at all either, id also be taking a big risk with the m parallel reps as they dont make them anymore so no idea why there so expensive as if you damage one thats un repairable you have to find new wheels

 

id rather have a wheel that i can replace if damage ever happened but the m paras just suit the car perfectly, even if i can find 2 fronts only from a damageset as i have the wider rears in 19s in my garden that have been there for 4 years lol

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Hi,

 

There is no 'brand' manufacturer of these and other similar 'replica or lookalike' wheels . They're usually made 'somewhere' in a low grade, unregulated factory in China or another Far Eastern country and using the cheapest/lowest grade materials and the cheapest method of manufacture - gravity casting, all to keep the pricing as low as possible. 

 

It's been 2/3 years since the last batch of 19 inch M Parallel replica's were sold and hopes for another batch have been fading ever since. Every now and again, a used set comes up for sale so keep a lookout if you want a set !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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ALL M parallels 19 "are made in China or another Far Eastern country and use the cheapest materials? EVERYTHING? Or are there quality manufacturers? If there is how to distinguish them?

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Look for second hand 19" you will not be disappointed. They are quite good quality for a Chinese Wheel.

 

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All Chinese made 

 

I had mine polished but it's so hard to maintain. And even the polishers said it's crap alloy and hard to shine 

 

Ill.be having mine chrome painted with the new spray systems that's have came out next and still.have inserts silver 

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Hi,

 

As per above, all the M Parallel replica type wheels are 'usually' made in the Far East somewhere and 'usually' China. There are other countries with low grade sweat shop type factories so it's possible these and other replica type wheels are also made there. Within the wheel industry, there's talk of 'some' better quality 'replica' wheels being made which 'usually' come out of Taiwan. The trouble is, there's no identifying markings so you can't tell which is a 'better' quality 'replica' and which is a lower grade one. The 19 inch MP replica's do 'seem' to be a better quality wheel but it's possible different batches have been made over the years which were worse or better. There's no reputable and recognised brands who use higher grade materials and better manufacturing facilities who make 'copies/replicas' of high(er) end brands wheels and the reason for that is that they'd get into a lot of legal trouble. The far eastern countries don't have such a robust legal system and thus, it's much harder for the Western brands to take legal action for when they find a sweatshop making counterfeit items. 

 

You'll need to keep a very sharp lookout for when a set of 19 inch M Parallel replicas with the deep lip rear wheel come up for sale. Due to rarity of this, some asking prices have been beyond ridiculous, but have sold quite quickly and the very highest asking priced sets go after a few hundred knocked off them - a set appeared in the US for around $1600 USD which at the time was around £1100 or so, but did have tyres. 

 

RichyX - Theres a few chrome look spray systems around and I've spoken to a few about getting wheels done. They've all said they won't be like 'genuine' chrome and it'll be easily distinguishable. However, for the price, the look/finish is a good alternative to hand mirror polishing which very very few UK wheel refurbishment places will or want to do. I'll be sending off a test wheel to see what the actual finish is like in the near future, PM me if you like and can compare notes for specialists and maybe a discount if we both send a wheel in to test? 

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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I got quoted 600 for wheels to be done 

 

At the moment I've sent some head light inserts off to a company to have done in black chrome waiting to see the result of them 

 

From what I've seen it should be exactly like a mirror finish going by the videos I've seen. I've also looked into buying the equipment myself as it's mainly water based and as you can paint anything with it could be potential got future business for myself as there's also a variety of colours 

 

My polished wheels are to hard to keep maintaining and I have to polish them each year. But still never got that mirror look i want and being in a black car it needs that mirror lol

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