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      09-20-2019, 08:08 AM   #1
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Alloy Wheel Refurb Advice

Just after opinions or advice.

I have 17 inch on my E90 (style 194) They're in reasonable condition with virtually no kerbing (two small marks on one rear wheel) but the finish is starting to look tired and they have some corrosion.

I fancy getting the 18 inch ones that would have been a factory option on my car I think style 193 (seem to be called MV3 online?).

The sets of four on I've spotted on ebay look like at least one is totally knackered, or the decent ones look like they probably still need a refurb anyway, so I'm thinking of buying one at a time for cheaper and then get all four refurbished together.

Do I need to be worrying about potential cracks etc? To what extent will kerbing make the wheel unrepairable?
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      09-20-2019, 08:37 AM   #2
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MV3's don't suffer cracking nearly as much as say, MV4's or 19's in general. In fact, I can't recall seeing any reports of cracked MV3's, thats not to say they don't, I've just never seen any.

As long as the wheels are straight with no cracks then all they should need is a refurb and then you should be good to go. If they are missing chunks then I would steer clear, minor kerbing is ok but if it looks like the wheel has taken a whack then it could also be bent.

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      09-20-2019, 12:06 PM   #3
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ive seen three sets in one pile,,at bmw specialist i used for my gearbox,,i asked what was wrong,,he said cracks,,,mine are fine on my e90,,,folk who getcracks usually have run flats or tyre pressure is low..or pot holes took them out
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      09-20-2019, 04:57 PM   #4
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Yeah it's usually RFT's that cause the problem.
Cynical view alert!
Supplying the car new with those tyres was probably another dim decision taken by the BMW accounts department rather than engineering.
Win / win for BMW as they got to save money on the car they sold you by not supplying a spare wheel and tools with which to fit it and every 6 months they got to sell you a brand new alloy wheel(s) because you had buggered the ones on your car.
Even my Porsche had a space saver spare wheel which had a strange collapsable tyre on it so when stored it was not much bigger than the wheel diameter itself. They also provided an aluminium jack and wheel brace and a mini compressor that run from the cigarette lighter socket to inflate the tyre when needed and that was a car with aluminium suspension components and magnesium wheels as standard so it is nothing to do with weight saving!
If you are buying the wheels second hand check the tyres that are fitted. If they are non-RFT and still inflated then the wheels are probably ok.
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      09-27-2019, 04:11 PM   #5
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My MV3s cracked, both sets. Always the rears. They weld up fine though.
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