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Old 08-06-2005, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default Rota feedback....

Was just kind of looking for some feedback on em. I know they are a fairly light weight, in-expensive wheel that has been well marketed to us subie ppl.

As far as quality, anyone had trouble with balancing issuse? Do they bend easily? Have to be re balanced often? Require an unushual amount of weights? (I know part of this has to do with tires too) Will I wish I'd bought more expensive wheels?? I'm probbably the pickiest perosn I know when it comes to wheel&tire balance. Spend quite a bit of time at 70+ mph.
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Old 08-06-2005, 01:38 PM   #2
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Get your wheels match mounted...mostly any new wheel and new tire combo should be low on weights then
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Old 08-06-2005, 02:13 PM   #3
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you refering to road foced?
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Old 08-06-2005, 02:15 PM   #4
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Have around 50K miles on two sets. Never had a problem and they've been tracked/hit potholes/etc. Great quality, great customer service and they're cheap. I doubt I'll put anything else on my car.
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Old 08-06-2005, 03:01 PM   #5
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As far as quality, anyone had trouble with balancing issuse? Have to be re balanced often? Require an unushual amount of weights?
no balancing problems - bought 5 Attacks - 4 with tires balanced out to 1/4 oz, 5th spare spun perfectly without tires. rebalanced when tires were rotated twice - no issues, same amount of weight needed. despite hitting a few rain-hidden potholes in downtown Houston, no problems yet (knock on aluminum)...
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Old 08-06-2005, 08:51 PM   #6
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They're cheap and get the job done. Damage one? Get another a'la carte bish. They're dirt cheap, and replacing one sure is a lot easier than replacing a fancy pantsy Volk.
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Old 08-07-2005, 08:55 AM   #7
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ive heard many horror stories of them breaking and cracking at the spokes from hard driving

and every rota ive seen on a car has been bent somehow, somewhere
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Old 08-07-2005, 08:38 PM   #8
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ive heard many horror stories of them breaking and cracking at the spokes from hard driving

and every rota ive seen on a car has been bent somehow, somewhere

this is blown out of proportion.

all rims bend from steelies to Fiske and BBS.

you hear more about Rotas bending becuase there are MANY MANY more out there.

For the price they are unbeatable.

They ahve the best customer service.

It was one bad batch that broke. Rota will replace them for free.

Serious road racer to autocrossers have used them without problems.

Do a search and you'll find the only people who hate on them are wheel snobs. And they are doing it just because Rotas look almost as good as their rims for about 1/4 the price.
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Old 08-07-2005, 08:49 PM   #9
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yea but a steal wheel is going to bend alot easier...
I can take a hammer and take a bend out of a lip of a steel wheel..
Do that to a cast or forged..it will just crack...
yea any wheel can bend...
but all in all...for the price I would go with a rota just because it is in my price range...
Also i mean if you put a freakin 35 series tire on it there is more chance than with a 50 or 45 series tire..
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:19 PM   #10
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Also i mean if you put a freakin 35 series tire on it there is more chance than with a 50 or 45 series tire..

ding ding ding ding ding

we have a winner. someone who realizes the biggest reason rims get bent.

i'm glad i'm not the only one
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:23 PM   #11
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Now heres the real question. A new set of rotas and tires? Or used but in good condition set of 04 bbs and re070's??? =)
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Old 08-08-2005, 12:29 PM   #12
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^ I was in that same place, and decided on NEW Rotas with NEW tires instead Don't regret it one bit.

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They ahve the best customer service.

It was one bad batch that broke. Rota will replace them for free.
Also when 1 bad Rota caused damage to a person's car, they paid for it. You don't see Omnipower paying to fix anyones cars with a bunch of their suspensions failing recently.
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Old 08-08-2005, 03:45 PM   #13
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I'm just a bit worried. I'm a very picky person when it comes to wheels balance. If I get much vibration at all it drives me nuts. (yes I may have a problem LOL) I was just affraid being a cheaper cast wheel it might be harder to get them balanced just right.

...... of coures I guess I would be possibly taking an even bigger risk buying USED bbs....no tellin what I might get.....
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Old 08-08-2005, 05:58 PM   #14
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I'm just a bit worried. I'm a very picky person when it comes to wheels balance. If I get much vibration at all it drives me nuts. (yes I may have a problem LOL) I was just affraid being a cheaper cast wheel it might be harder to get them balanced just right.

...... of coures I guess I would be possibly taking an even bigger risk buying USED bbs....no tellin what I might get.....
^buy the rims online and tires separetly and have them mounted and balanced at a good shop. a crappy tire can be hard to balance too. my rotas balanced just fine and seem to hold up pretty well to the crappy roads.
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:00 PM   #15
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I ran Rota Attacks for about a year and had ZERO issues with them. No bending, no vibration, no peeling paint, no nada. I'd FULLY recommend buying Rota wheels if that's what your budget allows.

That said, if you really need name brand, forged, wheels just buy used. I've purchased 2 sets of used Prodrive PFF7s (not forged, but not cheap) with tires, and a set of used Volk TE-37s with tires, and each used set was about the same price as a new set of Rotas and tires. YMMV.

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Old 08-08-2005, 07:16 PM   #16
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I have a set of sub-zeros on my car that took a hard beating when my car was wrecked. The experience that I have had with them I am going to get another set soon. They with stand a lot of sideways force before bending. At first I wasn't going to get them again but after looking more at they way they stood up to the beating I am getting them again.
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Old 08-08-2005, 08:15 PM   #17
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i am thinkin about gettin some subzero's too. and was wondering... is the paint chips off.. i have heard that some place where they use the airgun.. paint chips off.. so.. is this true..
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:41 PM   #18
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:49 PM   #19
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just asked some one who owns some rota's and .. just got his set... and he took it to the shop and they did not take care while installin themm ..which lead to.. color chippin.. where the lug nuts go... does this happen to every one or?
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Old 08-09-2005, 02:11 AM   #20
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When going with colored after market wheels it is better to get some aftermarket lugs too. That way they are less likely to maarr up the lug seats.
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assume i buy black wheels.. the color wont chip near the lug nuts go.. right.. even after using a airgun?... cause i most likely will be takin to a shop to get them installeed and stuff so.. please help
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:16 AM   #22
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You're not supposed to use an airgun on your wheels... This doesn't stop shops from using them. Obviously, using an airgun can and most likely will marr or scratch any wheels.

Spin the lugs on by hand and use a torque wrench.
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:30 AM   #23
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If you get a set of spline drive lug nuts then they have will be less likely to marr the wheels since the drive fits snuggly over the lug and the air gun would be on the outside of the wheel over the driver. You would have to make sure the garage knows that you have the spline drives and have the driver in the car for them to us.
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:36 AM   #24
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Again, you're not supposed to use a gun on the lugs, duh!
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Old 08-09-2005, 04:08 AM   #25
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3 sets of wheels. stock BBS, and Rota SDRS and Slipstreams. SDRs auto-x'd and daily driven (now my "summer wheels") , Slipstreams auto-x'd. BBSs are the current winter wheels. The BBS's have the only bend. The SDRs have been jarred as hard... no bends.

The paint on the Rotas is not as nice as some others out there. But you can get a tube of matching paint (subydude sells it) and it's a small price to pay for paying a small price in the first place for a very decent set of practical wheels. Strength to weight ratio is damn good IMO. The 8.5" wide slipstreams wearing stickies are stout enough to seperate my brake pads in tight auto-x turns.
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