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View Poll Results: Which wheel is more durable?
BBS Wheels 22 81.48%
Rota Wheels 0 0%
I don't own either one 5 18.52%
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Old 01-25-2005, 04:36 PM   #1
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So, I've got my eye on either used BBS wheels or Rota wheels. Someone on this forum told me the difference between the two prices could be that the BBS wheels are made of forged aluminum and Rota wheels are made of cast aluminum. Any truth to this?

How is the durability of BBS wheels compared to Rota wheels? Have you run into any potholes and survived with either of these wheels?

Who here with BBS wheels have cracked a rim or two from a pothole?
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Old 01-25-2005, 07:30 PM   #2
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Straight away a forged wheel is going to be better than a cast wheel. Maybe not stronger, but if it isnt stronger then it lighter. There's a thread around here that discusses forging vs casting.

Found it: (ok maybe searching is learned, cause that took me like 3-4min.)

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=Forged+voids
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Old 01-25-2005, 07:34 PM   #3
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You are going to get an overwhelming bias toward the BBS.
The forged wheels are almost always better, but cost more. If you are on a budget, Rotas are a good deal.
Got some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, used STi BBS is the ticket
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Old 01-25-2005, 09:45 PM   #4
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Ok, here's a follow-up question:

Who here with Rotas has had bad luck with pot holes?

What about those with BBS wheels?

I live in New England and roads are horrible in some areas
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Old 01-26-2005, 08:48 AM   #5
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Owned both, had problems with neither.
Get what you can afford and like the looks of. A used set of 04 STi wheels and tires will be in the ballpark of new Rotas and tires. The Rota bashers will show up soon, but there are 1000's of happy Rota people.
I like the STi BBS better mostly because of the off set, and secondly because of the forging.
Here is some good info from tire rack. http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/construc.jsp
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i have the 17 x 8.5 5zigen fno1rc and i believ they are cast, haven't had a problem yet and they are light. My old wheels were OZ p1 18 x 8 and they were forged but heavier by around 9lbs a wheel. FNo1RC= 15.8lbs (weighed on digital scale), OZ P1= 23.5lbs.
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Old 01-26-2005, 05:22 PM   #7
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i have the 17 x 8.5 5zigen fno1rc and i believ they are cast, haven't had a problem yet and they are light. My old wheels were OZ p1 18 x 8 and they were forged but heavier by around 9lbs a wheel. FNo1RC= 15.8lbs (weighed on digital scale), OZ P1= 23.5lbs.
If you are referring to the Prodrive P1's by O.Z., I'm almost positive those are cast.
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Weight is not an issue for me. I'd rather my wheels be heavier if I knew that it was more durable. I do a lot of driving in Lowell, MA, Boston, MA and a ton of highway driving and pot holes seem to be everywhere. Sooner or later, I'm gonna drill one so I want my wheels to be solid.

Any Rota owners???
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