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Replica rims strong enough for autoX??

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I'm in the market for some cobra r rims, and I've found a set of replicas from American Muscle w/ tires for a pretty good price and they are local.

I've been a bit leary of replica's as I'm not sure if they are just for show, or if they are oem quality for me to run around a track every other week.

Something like this...

http://www.americanmuscle.com/17x9-f...ls-silver.html

Is there any pros or cons to running replicas for track type of work?

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they should be fine. the wheels have so much bulk or material to them weighing them in at around 25lbs so they better be strong. according to enkei chrome adds 2-3 lbs a wheel, thats why they offer sbc--- super bright coating. fwiw


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They better be, I have two sets of them I'm running for autoX/HPDE events, and another set for street duty

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Thanks guys!

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Yeah, they are like anchors.

They will work, but slow you down such as much.
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yeah replicas are getting better and better quality wise. Three different friends of mine use am wheels and i myself use them as well and we are all happy. They have been great so far

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or you could get some enkei rpf1 wheels and have your cake and eat it. they are $256 a wheel, super light at 15.9lbs and very strong. im in the process of fitting these to my car now---just got one today to check fitment along with caliper clearance, using some spacers to reach the perfect size.

15.9 lbs never felt so light, im impressed!

also discount tire has the best prices around as cobra r replicas are about $490 shipped!

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or you could get some enkei rpf1 wheels and have your cake and eat it. they are $256 a wheel, super light at 15.9lbs and very strong.
256$ for a 17x8/9/10? You can get replica 17x10's and 10.5's for around 130$ each. Thats just a savings of like 130$ a wheel.
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You need to pay to get a light weight wheel, and that is cheaper than a set of CCWs. A r58 weighs ~22 lbs and if the enkei rpf1 weighs only ~16 lbs that is a huge savings for unspring weight.

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Thanks for all the insight, good to see there are plenty of you guys running replicas with out a wheel falling off in a turn.

Only considering them cause I'm getting a good price on rims w/ tires from a local guy out here.

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256$ for a 17x8/9/10? You can get replica 17x10's and 10.5's for around 130$ each. Thats just a savings of like 130$ a wheel.
you get what you pay for!! the rpf1 doesnt even seem like its aluminum to me, its almost as if it is a hard plastic its so damn light! im more than happy with them, i just hope the measurements i get back from bruce griggs on the 4 on 4 brakes will work with this rim. i think it will though.

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you get what you pay for!! the rpf1 doesnt even seem like its aluminum to me, its almost as if it is a hard plastic its so damn light! im more than happy with them, i just hope the measurements i get back from bruce griggs on the 4 on 4 brakes will work with this rim. i think it will though.
The op said hes getting a deal on them, prolly paying a lot less than a grand for a set of wheels. Although the wheels you are referring to are sweet.
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those enkei's are sweet. Wheel weight makes such a big difference. My 01 gt felt even More like a pig when I swapped the snowflakes to 03 cobras 17lbs-25lbs)


You guys have pics with those wheels on?
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those enkei's are sweet. Wheel weight makes such a big difference. My 01 gt felt even More like a pig when I swapped the snowflakes to 03 cobras 17lbs-25lbs)


You guys have pics with those wheels on?
i will soon, im still working everything out.....

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