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Old 03-02-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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CSL Replicas - Opinions??

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Old 03-02-2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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Always a good looking choice, but they are heavy
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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VMR is the original and standard for CSL replacements, I would stick with their brand if you are concerned about guaranteed quality.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #4
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Not the worst option out there, but also not the best; for a few reasons...
*CSL reps (and even OEM's actually) tend to be pretty heavy 24/25lbs for 18's, 26/27lbs for 19's.
*A LOT of people have them; so they're not exactly unique anymore.
*Not the best choice for someone who lives in the NE, specifically because of road conditions (Those are cast; thus more likely to bend).

Having a 323, I'd definitely suggest staying under 20lbs per wheel...
Anything more then that, and you're going to see a substantial loss in performance due to parasitic loss from excess rotational mass.
Save in the long run by investing a few hundred more bucks in a stronger and lighter set of wheels.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:03 PM   #5
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I'm actually impressed with how low the shipping rate for them is. I wouldn't buy them though, stick with VMR. It's easy to bend a wheel, and you wouldn't want to take a chance with low quality of those reps.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:04 PM   #6
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^^^ indeed. My dad has 19" CSL reps on his M3 vert. Kept losing pressure in one tire. Turns out the wheel was bent and the dealership even made some kind of comment stating the wheels were aftermarket.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:06 PM   #7
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http://umnitza.com/umnitza-replica-wheels-p-1102.html

Any feedback on these would be greatly appreciated!
Sold over 200 sets of these. We're not as vocal on these wheels recently as we've had them out of stock for some time. 18s are back in stock in 5 weeks, 19s are currently in stock.

Currently have only these in stock (the ones at the left most part of this photo) in staggered and non-staggered 19s:


http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id...873&aid=281269
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Our CSL reps range from 23lbs to 28lbs (19x9.5s). They are one of the most sturdy wheels out there and have the lowest volume of failures of any wheels we sell (failrues are bends, cracks, or finish problems).
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how much gunmetal?staggered of course
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:52 AM   #11
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To each there own, I personaly like the CSL look. I'm looking to get a set by the spring. My summer wheels are 19's staggered and I'm looking for 18's square set-up. With Koni sports, the 19's are ruff.

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Old 03-03-2011, 06:22 AM   #12
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They look good but they are like opinions...everybody has them.

I bought aftermarket wheels as well. If I were to do it over again I would possibly go back down to 17" and focus on weight. This is due to significant performance changes in acceleration as well as how 18"+ tends to magnify suspension or steering issues. CAB's, CA's, links, tie rod, so on...they all take a hit when you reduce tire sidewall.

Having said that I would still consider several VMR wheels.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:39 AM   #13
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is there any way i could get a set of 17 inch???
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:52 AM   #14
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is there any way i could get a set of 17 inch???
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is there any way i could get a set of 17 inch???
We have a classic wheel in 17x8 - that weighs about 20lbs roughly in the MPs - light and classic:
The ones in the picture are 18s, but the 17s would look the same.
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We have a classic wheel in 17x8 - that weighs about 20lbs roughly in the MPs - light and classic:
The ones in the picture are 18s, but the 17s would look the same.
i didnt see this type of wheel online.. do you have a link to it on your site?
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:27 PM   #17
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Check out the wheels in my sig. Bremmer Kraft BR05 from the Tire Rack. $149 each in 17". I wanted CSL reps, but when I was buying in Mar-Apr, no one had 18's in stock - apparently the busiest time of the year. I'm very happy with them. The cost upgrade to go with 18's in wheel and tire was $250 plus, I think. Note, these wheels are kind of gunmetal, not hypersilver.
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