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Old 11-04-2007, 03:47 AM
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how do i spot a replica

...if i do not know/trust the seller?

i am offered to exchange my style 132 19" wheels with a 20" wheels (where can i see the pictures with oem wheels so i can identify what style are they?).

the owner says he do not want any money from me for the exchange, the tyres are good, where is the trick?

i am thinking maybe his wheels are replica, but he says they are not.

how can i spot a oem wheel? please help, as this is a good deal for me - i have been dreaming about 20"-es for long time now.
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Old 11-04-2007, 04:19 AM
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An OEM wheel will have BMW stamped on the inside. Read carefully as some replica wheels will have BWM stamped instead. There are some good quality replicas out there too...
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:03 AM
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You can also check the Roundel, most replica wheels will use a smaller center cap then OEM to avoid patent laws.
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You can also check the Roundel, most replica wheels will use a smaller center cap then OEM to avoid patent laws.
a-ha! i thought at first sight that the roundel is smaller, but then i thought it is just my imagination.

but, now when you said that, i am positive he is trying to push me a replica.

thank you for your help all who answered.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:25 AM
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There isn't anything wrong with well built replicas, the only issue is a person trying to push a rep for the price of OEM.

Make it obvious, I'd go back with a tape measurer and measure the OEM in front of him, then measure 'his' wheel. I wouldn't think it is too shady that he would want to trade wheels, lots of people get 20's then feel the ride is too harsh. So a OEM swap is normal, however..you may be on to something with this guy.
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i agree that replicas can be good built. the thing is, i asked him wether it is a replica and he said no.
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