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Old 01-31-2006, 12:54 AM   #1
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Question Where to buy wheels locally?

I was just wondering where people here bought their aftermarket wheels. Are there any good shops in the Lower Mainland or does everyone just order them from the States? Are there a lot of additional fees for ordering through the US?

I have considered getting 18" rims for my '06 STI if they were lighter than the stock BBSs but then I'd have to buy new rubber and would probably eventually have to lower it to get rid of wheel gap. I'd much rather get some good quality 17" rims.

Any recommendations?
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Old 01-31-2006, 01:07 AM   #2
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Picard, I met you at the boxing day meet ( I think...). Anyways, I just got a used set of 18's for my car which are under 16lbs. It will be hard to find wheels lighter than the 17's without paying big $$. I got SSR Comp's...but new they are about $600CAD ea.
I think a good bet is Rota's....providing you like their styling. For 17" the weights are similar or a little less than the BBS wheels. Tirerack in the US is a good source as well as Subiedude (for the Rota's). There are local suppliers as well (including us for Rota). With the exchange right now it is actually not bad for ordering wheels from the US....but for some people they don't like the duty, brokerage and shipping charges coming from the US. Generally your prices will end up being about the same but if you buy locally you don't deal with the shipping hassles and wait times (assuming it is in stock locally). For some people it is fine, for some it is a pain.

My best advice is to find a wheel you like (Tirerack and Subiedude both offer photos on the site of your specific car with many of the styles of wheels). Once you have it narrowed down then I would call locally and see if they are available. If not then look into the costs of bringing them up yourself.

Hope that helps.

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Old 01-31-2006, 01:18 AM   #3
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Sorta on topic, just curious, how much duty would you expect to pay if you got wheels shipped from the US?
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Old 01-31-2006, 01:52 AM   #4
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6% of value. Brokerage is also a percentage of value but the percentage lessens the more the value.
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Old 01-31-2006, 05:30 PM   #5
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I bought some Rota Tarmac IIs and tires from tora (Rocket Rally) a while back. I think Rotas are a pretty good value if you don't want to spend too much, and the quality is pretty good. I really happy with the wheels and tires, and I get compliments on them quite often. Check out subydude.com to look at the different styles of Rota wheels.

As for shipping from the US, I found that if you can, use FedEx instead of UPS. I just bought some exhaust parts from Boxer4Racing and although I think the actual cost of shipping was a bit higher than UPS, they only changed me $7 in brokerage (on about $1000 worth of parts) + the GST and PST. UPS goes nuts on brokerage and then you get the tax too.
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Old 01-31-2006, 06:56 PM   #6
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Jamie,

When do you think you'll be able to get Rota G-force wheels (17x8) that will fit the 06 STI? Or even better the new tarmac 3s?
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:07 PM   #7
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Nothing up here that I know of yet. Unfortunately ALL Rota's go into the US first and then get syphened out. So generally we all work off the same inventory list (and obviously larger bulk buyers have more buying power).

To answer your question I'm not sure when we can get them up here.
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:06 AM   #8
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Jamie,

Yeah, I was at the meet with my girls . Thanks for the info. I'll check out the Rotas. I've seen a couple of Enkei's and BBSs I like but I think most are in 18" and it's hard for me to figure out if any are available in 17" that will fit my STI.

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Old 02-01-2006, 01:11 AM   #9
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if i were to drive down to seattle... install my new rims there.. leave the stockers or sell them.. if i were to get into an accident.. would icbc still cover my rims?
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:35 AM   #10
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I would think that if you had a receipt for them, there wouldn't be a problem. It's not ICBC's job to make sure everyone has paid taxes and duty on everythng that comes across the border.
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Old 02-01-2006, 02:16 AM   #11
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but wouldn't the receipt be i dont know... US related or something? would they ask for some kind of proof that you paid some kind of tax? because i'm sure that icbc will try anything to give you the minimum amount of money.... or maybe this is only from my experience...
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Old 02-01-2006, 02:33 AM   #12
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Well, your receipt should have your name/credit card number on it showing that you paid for it. I don't think it matters where you bought it, even though ICBC might not recognize US dollars and just use the amount at par. As long as it's not some outrageous amount (which you'd have to buy extra coverage for), I think it would be covered. I just don't think that it's ICBC's job to confirm that you paid duties. What if you lost the receipt you paid to Canada Customs because you didn't think it was important? How would they know? They don't swap info with with the fed gov't do they?

Anyway, I could be wrong. It's best to call an insurance broker and ask them if ICBC covers accessories bought in the US and what forms of documentation that you need.
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