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Hi all, i own a red alfa GT which at the moment is wearing a set of lovely wheels that i think look brilliant on the car, unfortunately they are damaged and need changing due to the previous owner not looking after them. Can anybody recommend a nice aftermarket alloy wheel which suits my car or know where i can buy a set of factory fit wheels which wont cost the earth. Ive been looking ages and dont want to ruin the car with vulgar wheels so any tasteful ideas welcomed cheers.
 

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These are on at the moment and theyre 17's. I dont know if theyre standard or what theyre called.
 
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Wow i love those GTA wheels they would look nice on my GT. Thanks for the link
 
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Wow i love those GTA wheels they would look nice on my GT. Thanks for the link
Yeah I'd like them too for the 156 I just picked up - only problem being the wheels would cost 3 times what the car cost :lol:
 
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Ha ha they would look impressive though, it would be worth the spend i reckon. Ive now updated my christmas list and the Gta's are at the top!!
 
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All four are buckled, some worse than others. Apparently its common nowadays because of the state of the roads so im reluctant to buy second hand wheels in case they are buckled also. Shame cos i really like the wheels that i have. I thought about refurbishing them but i dont think they would be able to fix the buckle :-((
 

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I thought about refurbishing them but i dont think they would be able to fix the buckle :-((
You might be surprised, buckled wheels can be fixed.
There's a place in Garforth that I've heard recommended by loads of people when the subject of wheel repair comes up. http://www.thewheelspecialist.co.uk/
Worth giving them a call, even if they don't do it they may know someone who does.
It'd be a shame to lose such a lovely set of wheels.
 
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Thanks Bobda I was going to take my wheels there for a refurb soon anyway because they have pleny of scuff marks but i wasnt sure if they would be able to fix the buckle or not. Im going to pop in next week to enquire cos i really dont want to get new wheels purely because i cant find any reasonably priced ones that i like better.
 
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Yeah i like the multi spokes but prefer the ones i have more, might be a lot to do with them being easier to clean than multispokes :))
 

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I had a set of Mille Miglia Evo5 on my 155.. and they got KIA'd over the potholes and trenches that are called roads here.

There are very few people out there who can fix a buckled wheel .. and I did try, since Evo5 are like sex.. :)

On those, the wheel rims were oval and also out of true.

A couple of them were 1cm taller in one plane than another.. and the other two were 5mm different. It doesn't sound much.. but when you're motoring along at ICBM speed (v6, isn't it..? :D) then you can feel it. One place managed to reduce the ovality but each wheel was still essentially a different shape to the others and only one was perfectly round (for a while longer at least).

The other problem is "out of true" and that's pretty terminal. Instead of the rim just getting bashed closer to the hub on one side of the wheel, the rim also gets pushed inwards or outwards slightly (i.e the "spoke" is bent in relation to it's normal position).

When you spin the wheel up on a tyre machine, the rim moves in and out (as well as up and down if you also have oval rims). If each spoke is bent slightly different amounts then there is no plane of reference to straighten the rim against.

So.. wheels are a kind of consumable these days.. The only ones that last well are the standard teledials.. which have no spokes essentially... and some 50 section tyres. Not sexeh but helps during the dark winter months (potholes come out more after dark).

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Will cost me £297 to refurb the set and another £200 to repair the buckles if they dont crack during the process. The Wheel Specialist in Garforth Leeds had some nice alloys for sale and i think this will be the best course of action rather than repairing my original set. The trouble is i cant decide what would look good without ruining the look of the car and making it look like a boy racer mobile!!!
 
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Yeah thats what im thinking its just my budget doesnt stretch to buying a set from the dealers and im very dubious about buying used in case thay are just as bad as the ones that i have at the minute. Do you reckon i could get away with some aftermarket multispokes??
 

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Possibly, there are some nice Borbet multispokes available which could work; Borbet LS Silver Alloy Wheels

You could always get replicas; Special offers on Alfa Romeo Alloy Wheels in Preston, Lancashire from Verooom, The Automotive Experts. (they normally have more selection but it looks like they're moving so possibly aren't holding much stock). The 17" tyre size they're quoting on that page is wrong - it should be 215/45/17. Or they are here as well, but more expensive; WSP ITALY Pomigiliano Alloy Wheels

Are you coming to the meet tomorrow at Brighouse? http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/yorkshire/271283-northern-italian-car-night-26-04-11-19-30-25-a.html
 
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