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      10-12-2015, 07:42 AM   #639
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Would it be pointless to do the run out test if there was evidence of kerbing? The previous owner of my car wasn't exactly careful when it came to kerbs. Despite me having non RFT and avoiding pot holes I have now have a cracked wheel. They offered to do the test but if they turn around and say 'well, it's been kerbed, not eligible', that's £30 down the drain.
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      10-21-2015, 10:43 AM   #640
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I've got a E90 on standard 16" wheels which I want to change for bigger ones. I've been looking at used OEM wheels, but this thread makes me think I may be better looking at aftermarket wheels over OEM ones that will most likely get me free membership to the cracked wheel club.

I'm thinking it would give the dealers more reason to refuse a claim for a cracked wheel if the wheels weren't on the car when it was purchased?
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      11-04-2015, 11:30 AM   #641
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AUC doesn't cover alloys according to my local dealer and the AUC website. I just got mine welded for £60 (including fitting a new tyre) as the original runflat was shredded due to happening on the motorway.
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      11-19-2015, 02:49 PM   #642
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A few weeks later and mine appears to have cracked again. Got the offending pothole on dashcam this time so will see how I get on with local council / highways agency paying for it.
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      12-07-2015, 03:36 PM   #643
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Just wanted to give you my perspective as I'm a council highways inspector and I have dealt with many claims for potholes over the years.

If you hit a pothole and it pops your tyre or cracks a wheel make sure you get proper photos of it with a measurement clearly shown as soon as possible (as some councils are quick to fill them) and please bare in mind that if its not at least 40mm deep then your claim is unlikely to be paid out.
You will most likely need to fill out a claim form and being as clear as possible is always best.

The problem you might find is that if your council has an inspector like me visiting the road and inspecting it every year, 3 months or monthly, depending on the traffic flow, they can then say that "at the time of the inspection there were no actionable defects" and most courts will see this as doing enough to minimise danger to the public and will probably not pay out.

If anyone has any questions then drop me a pm, always happy to help.
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      09-10-2016, 03:50 PM   #644
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I thought the cracking was due to the stiff sidewalls of the RFT transferring the energy of the car hitting bumps straight through to the alloy wheels? With that in mind, putting non RFT on the car would mean that the tyre dissipates the energy better, protecting the wheels.

Has anyone heard of people with non RFTs having cracked alloys? I haven't but am interested to find out.
Yes, 2010 335i W/pilot SS (Non-RF), only 34000 miles, just found I have a crack on rear wheel.
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      09-11-2016, 01:44 PM   #645
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But of course the wheels aren't poorly designed. It must all be the drivers fault...
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I have a 07 330i m-sport saloon with the common MV3 wheels. One of them cracked so I had it repaired but it looks like its gone again. The other rear wheel might also be cracked as it doesnít hold air for more than a few days. I know most of the BMW wheels from this era had a reputation for cracking but did they ever solve the problem a release decent rims for these cars?

If so which are they?

If not can anybody recommend decent alloys that donít cost the earth and look good on an e90 330i 4 door? Iím sick of these alloys!
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