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      05-15-2008, 02:32 AM   #23
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I noticed the same. I just sold my RSX-S, left the honda forums and now here.

Back over there, ROTAS are HATED simply because they make a replica of too many to list companies. What I dont get is, the authentics dont cost much more, e.g. replica = 850 and authentics say = 2000. IMO they only have 1 good rim (slipstreams - lightweight good for track)...

The thing is with these BMW "replicas", its more like, many want the look of the m6 wheels / m3 wheels / CSL wheels
but unfortunately, they DONT come in the offset for our vehicle. I bet if those wheel styles from OEM came in other
offsets, people WOULD pay $$ to get them but unfortunately that they dont.

On the otherhand, majority of the companies that "replicate" ONLY these bmw styles (the ones our Vendors carry) in the offsets we BMW owners want (such as CSL reps for e36 / e46 / e92) so we can get the look we want in the right offset/size..

Lets compare something here... Rotas crack/bend on lightweight japanese cars..I think that shows the lack of quality there. The BMW replicas people use on the forum here are much better IMO because its less common that they crack/bend carrying us heavyweight bimmers. I would wondering how if we had 10 guys running Rotas on these heavy bimmers, how many would crack.

Dont doubt the replicas these vendors sell on the forums or any vendor sells on BIMMER forums.
Do you have any actual accounts of Rotas bending or cracking on people? There is always this negative stima with Rotas yet people have no proof to back it up. I've known PLENTY of people that run Rotas on track or street or even both and have had no problems. Lets face it, if you hit a pothole hard enough, even forged wheels will crack.

Theres always the few that talk smack about wheels they dont even know. How about you go on Miata, subaru, evo forums and see what wheels are popular with them. I've known more people that have cracked M6 reps or even Neez then Rotas. And yes i know them personally so its not like its some story someone posted on a forum.

At the end of the day, its all about how you drive. If you are not careful, any type of rim will crack. But yes i will agree that replicas are more prone to bending/cracking. But its not like if you get on the road they will automatically fail on you.
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