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Old 06-29-2004, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Defective BBS Wheels on 04 STi?

Does anyone have a similar problem? Do I have defective BBS wheels on my 2004 STi that I purchased at the end of this past April?

I have only had my STi for two months, I do not drive on non-paved roads and I have not gotten "pelted" with stones from a truck, for example, or have driven in an enormous amount of loose stones on my daily commute -- nothing out of the ordinary any way. Yet, each one of my BBS wheels have at least one if not two large nicks through the "surface coating" that you can see and feel the wheel "innerts" and each wheel has several smaller (BB-sized) nicks.

For all of the various cars I have owned over the years and for all of the miles I have put on them I have never had a problem like this. It feels like my BBS wheels are defective, but is the dealership or BBS really going to pony-up a new set of wheels for me and write-off the $2000 or so that they cost?

Before I make a stink (inquirer) about this at the Subaru dealership I purchased my STi at I wanted to see if anyone else has/has the same problem? Let me know. Thanks.

Sitting in the pit, revving at 13 grand, waiting on the Lollipop man...
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:49 PM   #2
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Not defective, nature of the spoke design. Mine look like hell but they had a rough winter with graveled roads.
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Old 06-29-2004, 08:13 PM   #3
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Perhaps, but I had similar spoke designed wheels including Kosei K1's for two years of daily driving and even took them out on the track (road couse) several times and not a single problem.

Oh well, I just wanted to poll other STi owners to see if this was a common (bad batch from BBS) or what. ???

Looks like my two month old stock BBS wheels for my STi have quickly become my winters rims...


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Old 06-30-2004, 09:28 AM   #4
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also the STi comes with a tire that has very large tread blocks which pick up alot of debris and pebbles that can easily ding your wheels
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:32 PM   #5
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also the STi comes with a tire that has very large tread blocks which pick up alot of debris and pebbles that can easily ding your wheels
Not to mention they are powdercoated and not painted.
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Old 07-01-2004, 10:06 AM   #6
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Not to mention they are powdercoated and not painted.
Actually they are painted. No powder coating on the factory STi wheels. Powder coat would hold up much better. I may have mine either polished or powder coated at some point.
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Old 07-01-2004, 10:56 AM   #7
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Actually they are painted. No powder coating on the factory STi wheels. Powder coat would hold up much better. I may have mine either polished or powder coated at some point.
Actually my bro did some research trying to get mine fixed and they called Subaru of America and BBS themselves - the verdict was they are definately powdercoated using a special 2 part mixture - this holds true for the USDM 2004 STi wheels.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:44 PM   #8
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yep its a low temp cure.
Thus even more of a reason not to powdercoat over stock bbs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq1Yy...next=1&index=2

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