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Hello, So my OEM alloys are smart enough - after all, I chose the car with them fitted. But thought I'd look at non-BMW options...not one for the purists. Quite liked these 19" from Riva. Tyre and wheel fitted package pretty compelling. I spoke to a tyre fitter a while back and he reckoned OEM alloys were a massive rip off given so many are manufactured in the same place and bought in - Italy a big exporter apparently. 

 

Anyway, what do you think?

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Go for it! OEM alloys are a massive rip off. BMW can charge £8000 for a set of OEM alloys, whereas you'll get even better looking ones for around £1000-£1500 fitted. The choice is obvious.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Spreadly said:

 

 

Go for it! OEM alloys are a massive rip off. BMW can charge £8000 for a set of OEM alloys, whereas you'll get even better looking ones for around £1000-£1500 fitted. The choice is obvious.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the feedback, yes I've seen so many OEM alloys that discolour and have no obvious quality advantage over 3rd party 

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They look lovely; suit the car well as well

 

Have you looked at BMW alloy specialists like BMAutosport or larger wheel retailers such as Wheelbase Alloys etc?

 

Loads of options

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Thanks for the feedback, yes I've seen so many OEM alloys that discolour and have no obvious quality advantage over 3rd party 

 

 

They are no better quality than a set of good quality 3rd party alloys. The only difference is the badge and that's what you're really paying for on OEMs, as they know there will be some people wanting to keep everything original.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

They look lovely; suit the car well as well

 

Have you looked at BMW alloy specialists like BMAutosport or larger wheel retailers such as Wheelbase Alloys etc?

 

Loads of options

Thanks, I'll look them up

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I'd be very careful with this brand, it may have just been me but all of them started to corrode/bubble under the paint around the centers.  I would most likely have to have all 4 refurbished as Hyper silver isn't the easiest to replicate. 

 

This happened after 6 months of being fitted, the place i had them from in the west midlands had terrible customer service who refused to do anything and said this was started from a stone chip / using harsh wheels cleaning products. 

 

They are nice wheels don't get me wrong, but i would see what the returns policy is like from where you purchase them from.

 

I've attached some examples from about 4 months ago, they are far worse now with black like blobs coming through the paint. 

 

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47 minutes ago, roundy said:

I'd be very careful with this brand, it may have just been me but all of them started to corrode/bubble under the paint around the centers.  I would most likely have to have all 4 refurbished as Hyper silver isn't the easiest to replicate. 

 

This happened after 6 months of being fitted, the place i had them from in the west midlands had terrible customer service who refused to do anything and said this was started from a stone chip / using harsh wheels cleaning products. 

 

They are nice wheels don't get me wrong, but i would see what the returns policy is like from where you purchase them from.

 

I've attached some examples from about 4 months ago, they are far worse now with black like blobs coming through the paint. 

 

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Thanks for the heads up, these look the very same RIva alloys. So I'm guessing you can add the BMW centre caps?

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All 4 wheels are starting to degrade, not just the rears.  I've never used any harsh chemicals on them nor have they done allot of miles. 

 

They do about 10 miles a day on a return journey so a refurb is the only way forward.  

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I'd have thought you'd be entitled to a refund or replacement given such a short lifespan. They have to be fit for purpose and degrading so shortly is clearly a contradiction of that. Your supplier can shrug their shoulders as much as they like, they have a legal obligation to sell you a satisfactory product. 

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I'd say go for it too, I bought mine of eBay, loved the colour really but wanted new wheels to make my car look a little less like all the other 17" standard SE company cars. I do however have a bit of a gap between the arches as car Is standard suspension and also needed spigot rings to make them fit on the hubs correctly as got vibration at 60mph. All good now though IMG_0593.JPG1015cc51a6b50bebc7c8757a4043a1f9.jpg2c909177c54dc98283a1b3c9f910aec5.jpg

 

 

 

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Renaissance Rims 'N' Tyres  in the west midlands started off nice enough but soon as i had issues they never once replied to a email or a phone call!

 

The owner claimed he had spoken to the manufacturer and they also agreed this had happened due to a stone chipping the paint and then the rest happening.

 

Given his attitude and aggressive manor on the phone it's obvious how they do business - Happy to sell but don't come back with any problems.

 

The only alternative he offered was for someone to refurbish the wheel but i would have to pay for that :)

 

Needless to say I told him to forget the offer, and i'll never give him my business again. 

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I am in the same boat though, i'm considering parting with my 19" 351's having some new 20" once i've had the new springs & spacers fitted. 

 

I just want to stay away from Diamond / polished due to how long the finish lasts and cost of a refurb.

 

I may be a cheap skate and get my current ones in a smoked silver to match carbon black. 

 

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