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Old 12-27-2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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Just mounted 18" G-Force 3 weeks ago. I live in Ohio and have driven in snow the past couple of weeks. The salt has chipped and flaked away at the rear two wheels around the outer lip and each spokes front edge.

Is this a common thing or are my Rota's not as durable as I wished?
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:40 PM   #2
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Not that I have any personal experiences, but others don't seem so pleased with them ...



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Old 12-27-2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:11 PM   #4
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Not that I have any personal experiences, but others don't seem so pleased with them ...



*all of the above images looked to be caused by driver error, not due to the wheels being rotas. The first image looks like homie can't drive and hit a curb and the second image looks again like homie can't drive and managed to run over some debris. Who is at fault... Driver>Rota


I have had rotas on my car for a while now and have not had any problems. I am not saying that they are the nicest wheels made. I know that they are not, but they are a hell of a lot more affordable than most.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:14 PM   #5
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Ive owned 6 sets of Rotas..still own two. Bang for the buck, Rotas are hard to beat.

There are so many Rota wheels on the road, the few failures makes the failure rate very low.

Do I need to dig up the photo of the bent/cracked Volks? Do I need to bring up how the SCCA wont allow HREs because they leak?
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:28 PM   #6
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So back to the original topic, should this happen due to salt?
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:41 PM   #7
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Salt will chip any wheel. Nature of the beast. WheelWax is your friend. Or run steelies.

Theres a reason its not recommended to run aftermarket alloy wheels in the winter..
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:14 PM   #8
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Salt will chip any wheel. Nature of the beast. WheelWax is your friend. Or run steelies.

Theres a reason its not recommended to run aftermarket alloy wheels in the winter..
Seems kinda goofy, I called subydude and told him I live in Ohio with lots of snow, he recommended a tire and G-Force and said the set-up would be great for winter. 3 weeks later, my wheels are ruined. Good Game.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:05 PM   #9
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Seems kinda goofy, I called subydude and told him I live in Ohio with lots of snow, he recommended a tire and G-Force and said the set-up would be great for winter. 3 weeks later, my wheels are ruined. Good Game.
Im not going to get in the middle of that, but I dont think WheelDude carries steelies. By going to them, they assumed you wanted something cosmetic, which is what you got. I have Rotas on my car right now and its seen more salt that I care for, between the WheelWax and the cleaning, theyre fine.

Dont blame WheelDude because you didnt do your research beforehand.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:41 PM   #10
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Bottom line is that Rotas are known to have manufacturing defects. The chipping you are experiencing is definitely not normal, especially after 3 weeks. There could have been a problem with your batch of rims. I would contact them to see if they have encountered other problems recently. Hopefully they will take care of you ...
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:48 PM   #11
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Please provide link to SCCA rules that show HREs are not allowed (I searched and didn't find it)

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Do I need to dig up the photo of the bent/cracked Volks? Do I need to bring up how the SCCA wont allow HREs because they leak?
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:09 PM   #12
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Im not going to get in the middle of that, but I dont think WheelDude carries steelies. By going to them, they assumed you wanted something cosmetic, which is what you got. I have Rotas on my car right now and its seen more salt that I care for, between the WheelWax and the cleaning, theyre fine.

Dont blame WheelDude because you didnt do your research beforehand.
I did do my research, and was told Rota's are durable and well liked by most owners. I am not blaming WheelDude for this problem, I'm simply hoping its a defect. I know WheelDude would not intentionally deceive a customer. Please do not take this the wrong way. I have emailed WheelDude and I'm sure he will be replying after the holiday weekend. My last post was simply stating that WheelDude knew my conditions and I'm sure he would not sell me something knowing it was going be destroyed by the salt.

I am wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Thanks.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:38 PM   #13
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My last post was simply stating that WheelDude knew my conditions and I'm sure he would not sell me something knowing it was going be destroyed by the salt.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. wheeldude.com is located in California, what do they know about salt and winter driving conditions?

I can't imagine mounting 18" Rotas as my "winter wheel". I have a set of 18" Rota Grids on order from wheeldude.com but they will be my 3-season wheels. I will run the stock rims with snows in the winter.

You may be able to get some type of warranty repair or replacement but I really think you need to rethink your "winter wheel" strategy and go with a foul weather wheel that you don't care about.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:57 PM   #14
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dude, just stop while you still can
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:58 PM   #15
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I wouldn't be so sure about that. wheeldude.com is located in California, what do they know about salt and winter driving conditions?

I can't imagine mounting 18" Rotas as my "winter wheel". I have a set of 18" Rota Grids on order from wheeldude.com but they will be my 3-season wheels. I will run the stock rims with snows in the winter.

You may be able to get some type of warranty repair or replacement but I really think you need to rethink your "winter wheel" strategy and go with a foul weather wheel that you don't care about.
Hmmm, because it doesn't snow where WheelDude is, he doesn't know anything about snow? Interesting. I will reconsider my winter wheel now though, thank you.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:02 PM   #16
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nothing wrong with mine i drive in salt and ice and snow so far and hit a couple of pot holes and there still good.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:09 AM   #17
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Just mounted 18" G-Force 3 weeks ago. I live in Ohio and have driven in snow the past couple of weeks. The salt has chipped and flaked away at the rear two wheels around the outer lip and each spokes front edge.

Is this a common thing or are my Rota's not as durable as I wished?
While winter conditions are very harsh on aftermarket wheels this is not common and should not have happened after 3 weeks of use. I replied to your email, we will get this resolved ASAP.
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Ive owned 6 sets of Rotas..still own two. Bang for the buck, Rotas are hard to beat.
There are so many Rota wheels on the road, the few failures makes the failure rate very low.
Thanks Khanh, haha and you should know this issue is not normal. With all the snow/salt you guys get your wheels look like they only see perfectly dry summer conditions year round
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I wouldn't be so sure about that. wheeldude.com is located in California, what do they know about salt and winter driving conditions?

You may be able to get some type of warranty repair or replacement but I really think you need to rethink your "winter wheel" strategy and go with a foul weather wheel that you don't care about.
While we mainly have only dry/wet weather in our area (bay area) I go up to Lake Tahoe almost every weekend I have free during the winter. I love to ski and enjoy being in the snow I haven't taken my WRX up there recently as this project has turned more in to a dry weather/track car however I used to go up with my Rota wheels all the time. I've never had a single issue with paint in these conditions. I also ride up the mountains with friend's that have WRX's/Evo's and they also only run Rota's in the winter without a single issue.

It's definitely something we will look in to and take care of for our customer. We highly recommend Rota's for winter use and this type of an issue is rare.

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nothing wrong with mine i drive in salt and ice and snow so far and hit a couple of pot holes and there still good.
Thanks for adding your input, glad to here you are happy with your wheels


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Old 12-28-2008, 12:28 PM   #18
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dude, just stop while you still can
He got his points.
Let it be a lesson to everyone in here. Don't spew hate. If you have an argument, use it. But don't count on internet hearsay to talk down about a product.

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we will get this resolved ASAP.
That's great to hear.
You guys are awesome.
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:58 PM   #19
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Wheeldude took care of the situation 100%. He is sending out two new wheels to replace the damaged ones. He is covering all expense, including mounting costs of the two new wheels. Thanks Dan, you are the man.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:06 PM   #20
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Rotas are good and Subydude is great. Sells lots of them.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:41 PM   #21
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Thats good news. Bump for the wheeldude!!
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:57 PM   #22
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yea def. bump for wheel dude. good customer service
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:35 PM   #23
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Good to hear his response to the customer, and a satisfied base. I'm planning on buying a set of the grid's when tax returns roll out.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:27 PM   #24
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Wheeldude took care of the situation 100%. He is sending out two new wheels to replace the damaged ones. He is covering all expense, including mounting costs of the two new wheels. Thanks Dan, you are the man.
+1 more reason to buy rotas, and from the right people. Heck, i ordered a set from Subydude, and we had an issue with Rota mislabeling the boxes with the wrong bolt pattern. Unfortunately i couldn't actually get what i wanted in my bolt pattern tho. Everything got straightened out, and i got my replacement set for a good discount. No probs there.

So many places today have virtually no customer service or cust. service so bad you immediately wish you had gone elsewhere in the first place. Its a sad thing i encounter way too often these days. I'm glad some places take problems as an opportunity to improve their service beyond the norm.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:31 PM   #25
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paint will chip on any wheel you buy even if its volk or whatever. The fact is the salt is getting thrown up by your front tires and hitting your back ones. you probably have like a 235's on 18x9 g-force. So the tire is stretched and the rim sticks out farther then the tire. So nothing is blocking the salt and road grime.
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