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Old 12-03-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
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2006 Forester XT 5mt

Default Replica Wheels? Why so terrible?

So I have done a lot of searching here and I see a lot of comments criticizing brands that replicate the style of high quality wheels. (xxr, varrstoen, ect. )
What I can't seem to find is a decent explanation as to why they are so terrible. I understand the concept of how the creation process and materials used affect the rigidity and durability of a wheel.
I'm just curious what the trade offs would be and in what situations would one choose to buy replicas and vice versa.
Please give explanations if possible.
Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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XXR are garbage because they use a very soft aluminum compound.

varrstoen has had major machining problems - their LM wheels have a tendency to split apart.

Rotas are very high quality, great wheels.

price isn't always an indicator, but if the wheels you're looking at cost ~400-500 a set (XXR), chances are they're garbage. But varrstoens are about the same price as rotas, yet still have issues.

its a case by case basis, and do your OWN research and draw your OWN conclusions.
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