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Replica VS OEM rims

echo_mike Sep 28, 2019

  1. echo_mike

    echo_mike New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Recently I had new tyres fitted at the Audi dealership and during the process they damaged one of my rims with tyre mounting. As these are diamond cut (5-arm rotor design) I refused any kind of repair; they agreed to replace the rim with the new one.

    As the OEM are far more expensive than replicas, I wanna make sure they don't try to trick me with some replicas; what is the best way to tell OEM from replicas? (These are 18"x8J 5-arm black rotors).

    Is there any way to tell the difference between OEM and replica 18" rotors?

    Thanks for your input. Cheers :)
     
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  3. TYb

    TYb Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Navarra Audi S3

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    An Audi dealership won’t try getting away with a replica, the wheel will cost them next to nothing anyway.
     
  4. makelja

    makelja Active Member Saloon Team Tango Audi A3 S tronic

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    Oem wheels always have the Audi part code in the cast on the spokes inside. Usually replicas do not have that.
    Also in replicas the et number is stamped not in cast itself.
     
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  5. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Active Member

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    Below is a really clear picture of my front Audi 19" wheel.
    Look to the Left on the wheel and you will see, Audi Sport

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    Terry
     
  6. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Well-Known Member Team Ara Blue Audi S3 saloon

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    When you bring your car back for the replacement Audi wheel, inspect it prior to mounting as @makelja suggests. The dealer would be very silly to try to replace with a replica.
     
  7. echo_mike

    echo_mike New Member

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate :)

    I'm just a little wary to all the dodgy things dealerships do, I've been in the industry before (not Audi though) and seen so many unethical things...
     
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  8. DW81

    DW81 Well-Known Member

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    No Audi dealership would put a replica aftermarket alloy on there cars.
    Could you imagine the flack they would be in for if this ever got out especially on social media.
    Dealers will only use genuine parts.
     
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  9. wab172uk

    wab172uk Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^ This

    And can you imagine what Audi would say?
     
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