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    My new BBS RC's 18 x 8J.

    I recently managed to get hold of a set of genuines BBS RC's (8J as opposed to the 7.5J version fitted to the Golf MK4 Anniversary model). Got hold of a set of 5 in immaculate condition, the 5th wheel has a 2" kerb scar but as it's only a spare wheel, I'm not gonna bother getting it refurbed yet.

    The previous owner had the wheels diamond cut with the inserts in gloss black, the finish is excellent. It didn't come with the centre caps so they were sourced separately through another supplier who managed to match a genuine Audi centre nut with a BBS dish. I like the finished result so I thought I'd post them up for you guys to see:







    After recently reading some articles on unsprung weight (all I managed to understand from it was lighter = better), I decided to compare the weight of the new V's old wheels.

    I found that the weight of the bare alloy is 9Kg, the weight of a Goodyear F1 Assymetric tyre is 10.1Kg (the rubber weighs more than the alloy) bringing the total weight to 19.1Kg's per corner. When I compared the weight to my old genuine 16" alloys (with tyre), the weight of that came in at 18.9Kg, so despite going up 2" in rim diameter, the weight only increased by 200g. The ride quality seems to be completely unaffected, I fitted Koni FSD's and Eibach springs last year and I'm happy with the result of that setup.

    My old wheels (Dotz Mugello's, 17" x 7.5J) weighed 21Kg's each and I thought they were light, the BBS's are even lighter! Had the tyres fitted and noticed that it needed a lot less balance weights attached to the rim compared to the amonut that were stuch onto the old Dotz alloys when I had them from new, the maximum weight of 60g was stuck to one wheel, all the others had between 10 -30g attached. Goes to show why branded alloys like BBS cost and arm and a leg to buy, quality doesn't come cheap and these were second hand (PO said they were his winter wheels!).
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    They look great pal, lovely looking car you've got there too!
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    Looks great, look smaller than 18S may be because of how high it sits

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    Looks good mate, really liking the finish on them with the black rears.

    Good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by s3dave View Post
    Looks great, look smaller than 18s may be because of how high it sits
    I wish I could get it lower - it catches on a few speed ramps (read mountains) round here and I don't want to do any damage and so the ride height will have to stay as it is.

    Thanks for all the kind comments guys, much appreciated.
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    I have a set of these on my S3, not in as good condition by a long shot, but it does make the car handle a lot better than the 19" Porsche rims I have.



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    They look cool mate, really like them i had them on my golf anniversary, just wished i would have kept them
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    They do look good. Think the car overall would look alot better if she was slightly lowered.
    Nice colour car to any front photos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by benskin07 View Post
    They do look good. Think the car overall would look alot better if she was slightly lowered.
    Nice colour car to any front photos?
    yeah looks great as is...would look aggresive as hell with a 35-40mm drop

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    Imteyaz, how much did the centercaps set you back mate?



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    Centre caps were a whopping 130 for the set from P W Motorsport (speak to Philip).

    BBS Alloy Wheels, (Alloys), Wales, UK, USA, World Wide | pwmotorsport.com - BBS Alloy Wheel and Tyre Specialist | Contact

    He managed to make a hybrid combo using the centre 'nut' from an Audi and the outer ring from a genuine BBS RC. Dealers wanted 33 each for the VW centre cap. Every other 'Authorised BBS dealer' didn't reply to my emails, Philip called me back, asked me a few questions and managed to put this together. I like them, despite having to pay more than I first expected...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imteyaz View Post
    Centre caps were a whopping 130 for the set from P W Motorsport (speak to Philip).

    BBS Alloy Wheels, (Alloys), Wales, UK, USA, World Wide | pwmotorsport.com - BBS Alloy Wheel and Tyre Specialist | Contact

    He managed to make a hybrid combo using the centre 'nut' from an Audi and the outer ring from a genuine BBS RC. Dealers wanted 33 each for the VW centre cap. Every other 'Authorised BBS dealer' didn't reply to my emails, Philip called me back, asked me a few questions and managed to put this together. I like them, despite having to pay more than I first expected...
    Jesus! The caps on my wheels are heavily corroded, I think I might have sourced a set of used ones for 40 + postage



    99' Audi S3(APY) - Brilliant Black Click>>>Going Sideways vid!
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    That's a bargain, I'd been looking everywhere for the last month or so, fleebay, classifieds etc - nothing!
    Ran out of patience in the end and bought new instead, then ran out of money LOL.

    I'm sure you can buy the cap on the centre nut separately, the whole thing can be split (according to a post I read on UKMKIV's recently). If / when these caps do corrode, I will get them powder-coated in a bright silver finish instead of the ball burnished finish which is prone to failure due to stonechips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imteyaz View Post
    That's a bargain, I'd been looking everywhere for the last month or so, fleebay, classifieds etc - nothing!
    Ran out of patience in the end and bought new instead, then ran out of money LOL.

    I'm sure you can buy the cap on the centre nut separately, the whole thing can be split (according to a post I read on UKMKIV's recently). If / when these caps do corrode, I will get them powder-coated in a bright silver finish instead of the ball burnished finish which is prone to failure due to stonechips.
    I'll try and get them refurbed, but they look pretty bad!



    99' Audi S3(APY) - Brilliant Black Click>>>Going Sideways vid!
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    Wheels look good, nice colour

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    nice wheels

 

 

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