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Old 12-13-2012, 04:35 AM
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Cracked Style 197 OEM/ BBS 18" Wheels

Yesterday I cleaned my OEM wheels ready for storing in the attic until selling the car.

Both front wheels are cracked! They both hold air and look perfect on the other side.

Presumably these wheels are toast? The car has 11K miles and I am pretty sure the front tires are original; rears look very new and their (wider) rims seem fine.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:30 AM
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they can likely be weld repaired. I had 2 19 inch factory BBS back wheels fixed for about $100 each.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:09 AM
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Yes they can be welded. Ditch RFTs as soon as life is over. I had one bend and one crack on passenger side rims and paid $240 to fix both.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:51 AM
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Yes they can be welded. Ditch RFTs as soon as life is over. I had one bend and one crack on passenger side rims and paid $240 to fix both.

That will have good effect, but not 100%.

To solve the problem he'll need FSD's or matched shocks/springs that can do the job.

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Installed M sways same time. No idea if they assist in this issue.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:55 AM
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Yesterday I cleaned my OEM wheels ready for storing in the attic until selling the car.

Both front wheels are cracked! They both hold air and look perfect on the other side.

Presumably these wheels are toast? The car has 11K miles and I am pretty sure the front tires are original; rears look very new and their (wider) rims seem fine.

Kinda shocking - be very glad you caught 'em before the cracks propagated to completion!
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:53 AM
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Is replacement under warranty generally possible?

I have zero intention of using them until ready to sell the car. 17" with non RFT 45 profile tires are my solution (see image below).
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:18 AM
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Yesterday I cleaned my OEM wheels ready for storing in the attic until selling the car.

Both front wheels are cracked! They both hold air and look perfect on the other side.

Presumably these wheels are toast? The car has 11K miles and I am pretty sure the front tires are original; rears look very new and their (wider) rims seem fine.

Guessing you're not the first owner. But....only 11k mi? Wha?

If that's all there is, I'd complain loudly at your local, and very friendly, BMW dealer.

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==Update==

Dealer could not assist

Finally today I found time to call BMW NA. Apparently "the BMW new car warranty does not cover wheels or tires"
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What a shame to see 197 style rims being hidden away.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:47 AM
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What a shame to see 197 style rims being hidden away.
Yeah I was getting ready to put them on again in April (use multi-seasons in winter). Unsure if to buy two new wheels myself + change the run flats to non run-flat summers. I'd be mad splashing out on two news wheels that crack again.
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they can likely be weld repaired. I had 2 19 inch factory BBS back wheels fixed for about $100 each.
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Correct can be fixed.... Fixed mine that did not hold air for $70
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Just had a crack in one of the OZ wheels on my Z welded for $75. However, unless they changed their policy, Discount Tire will not work on or replace a tire on a repaired/welded wheel.
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