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Join Date: Jul 2005
Re: Buckled alloys...
I do not suggest you do 'a'. The vibrations from buckled wheels will always be present and will work there way through the transmission and can cause damage to bearings and seals. I know; I've got a bust gearbox with 90k kms on a 164 24V Super...
'b' doesn't seem like a good proposition and kind of answers 'c' for you. If you have the budget, get some Zender Siena's on there, they were designed for the 166 (IMHO). I'm sure they do 17's but 18's also look fab. Facelift 166 wheel hub is the same BTW so new wheels will fit.
Otherwise you can always get the buckled wheels restored to original condition. There is a place in Spain who will fully restore (includes repair, sand blast, paint, lacquer and bake) and they do an incredible job even replacing broken or missing rims. They charge 31 Euros per corner so I'm guessing there must be someone local to you who can do someting similar.
PS: Pic of my friend's 166 with Zender Siena's attached:
164 V6 24v "Zender Alfa Sport"
Past glories: Sud 1.5ti, Alfetta GTV, GTV6, 33 1.5ti, 33 1.7ie, 164 3.0 V6, 164 3.0 V6, GTV 1.8TS, 156 1.6 TS, 159 2.4 JTDm QTronic.