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Old 01-31-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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Real or Rep???



I just picked up another set of Style 65 in OEM sizes for my track tires. Before I bought them, I tried to do some research to see if they are reps...

REAL...
The 18x9.5" size suggests OEM. I can't seem to find any rep in this size.
The construction looks like my OEM wheels - the lip on the back side of the wheels.
The hubs have those horseshoe shaped reliefs - just like OEM.
They came from an E39 M5, but seller is confused too and can't confidently confirm the car's history.

REP...
They're chrome - Did these ever come from the factory like that?
No BMW stamp or Part Number.
Inside the barrel looks machined - grooves. My OEM wheels are smooth and painted black. I can understand that if somebody refinished them in chrome, this may be the case.

Price was decent - mainly because of this, but I'd still like to know. Anyone know of reps in this size??? Please Help!
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:38 PM   #2
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Don't think they ever came in anything but Shadow chrome. They should have the part number, too. Keep in mind the same manufacturer can make oems and replicas, so construction, size, etc can be very similar.
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Old 01-31-2015, 06:09 PM   #3
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Are the fronts 18x8?

They never came in Chrome.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:01 PM   #4
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Reps...all OEM rims have a part # on them! They might be 99% close tho; I have seen made in Germany rims that look to be from the same mold as the OEM, but the part # is removed.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:11 AM   #5
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Fronts are 18 x 8.... I never thought about it, but aren't most style 65 reps 8.5" wide?

During my search, I've seen some posts of people selling "OEM Chrome" wheels. Real OEM only shows one type of wheel.

Interesting... Reps, but could be the same manufacturer. I think I'll weigh them and see how they compare with the OEM....
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Chrome 65 lol
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I don't recall any Style 65's ever having black barrels on the inside but I do recall their having a BMW stamp. This is just from my memory now. I'd verify against my wheels but they are on the car now.

I have also seen chrome wheels on m5board that some said were OEM but maybe those weren't North American cars.
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They can be oem that someone had Chrome plated, that was big in the early 2000s. The chrome plating could have covered up the stamps and numbers, or they could just be Chrome reps.
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I don't recall any Style 65's ever having black barrels on the inside but I do recall their having a BMW stamp. This is just from my memory now. I'd verify against my wheels but they are on the car now.

I have also seen chrome wheels on m5board that some said were OEM but maybe those weren't North American cars.
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They should be black on the inside.
It was part of the "shadow" effect of the wheels. That is why there are hardly two sets that are the same.

As Tdot said, yes, some were chromed, I believe you could request the dealer to have them done??
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:40 PM   #10
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I think somebody had them Chromed... the finish isn't awesome and there is a small bit that's peeling. There are markings on the back in the little oval parts, but I don't see "BMW" or the BMW style PN anywhere.

So - I think they are reps, but possibly made by the same manufacturer as OEM.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:03 PM   #11
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Here is a pic of both. If not for what's stamped in the ovals, the castings (forgings??) would be exactly the same. Shape anyway, not colour

I rotated the pic so the tire valve is roughly in the same position. I never noticed this before, but note that shape of the two vent holes on the bottom of both wheel hubs are different from the other three. The OEM wheel seems to have a stain from the adjacent A shaped vent being imprinted onto the brake rotor.

With that kind of matching detail, these have to be the same manufacturer as OEM......
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Why..did you buy them, or are you buying them.?
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:45 PM   #13
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I needed wheels for my track slicks, so I wasn't too bothered with the chrome...price was good, and was even better when the OEM/REP question arose...

My justification was that I could use the savings towards coilovers.
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