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I think I'm going to take them all apart and eBay individual parts separately.
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Mercedes 17" AMG O.Z. Racing 3 pieces staggered wheels.

I shouldn't rant in a FS thread, but I have read so many threads critiquing using replica wheels, often talking about their inferior build quality. Result: nobody wants replica wheels.

There's an assumption that original name brand wheels are of a higher quality than replicas.

These AMG oz wheels (which I've never owned) seem to have such a reputation for cracking, yet they remain very desirable. Perhaps it is due to their rarity, pre-merger allure, and the fact that they are some of the widest wheels that can be stuffed onto many models, like the r107.

I guess people aren't buying these wheels to put on daily drivers anymore, and they probably know not to over torque the wheels when installing. So maybe the fact that these wheels crack so often actually increases the value of the uncracked ones.

Anyone else have any better Insight?

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Anyone else have any better Insight?
It truly is because handcrafted AMG wheels by Jesus of AMG/Lorinser/Maybach/Koenig.

There's nothing else to it. The money people shell out for these is laughable, and the cars they put them on cost LESS than the wheels.

These have to be some of the most overrated and overpriced wheels in existence in the "youngtimer" community.

But god forbid someone wants a nice set of quality replica wheels (they're out there) over something original that's 30+ years old. The original design was flawed from the start, but people overlook that and hand over $4000 for a "pristine" and uncracked set that may crack two weeks later after mounting them on your car. Where's your "investment" then?

Post something with a tuner's name on it, and all common sense seems to go out the window; a fool and his money are easily parted.

That said, these wheels are nice, but I don't see how they're valued at what they are majority of the time.

To the OP, I hope those wheels can be repaired in some way; a member looked into new manufactured centers, but that didn't end up panning out after all.

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They look amazing and no one makes nice replicas. Period.

RH used to make an OK version, but I think that have discontinued it.
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They look amazing and no one makes nice replicas. Period.

RH used to make an OK version, but I think that have discontinued it.
While I wasn't talking about replicas specifically for these wheels, I've seen people run the knockoffs of these with no issues.

This replica wheel debate seems to really be dependent upon the wheel being discussed because people seemed to go apeshit over brand new REPLICA bundts.

Comical!

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To the OP, someone on the 500E boards sold two cracked OZ wheels for $75 a piece; but even I think that's ridiculously low.

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Most of the snobbery comes in when someone has a both a replica and a fake-spit rim. Like these pieces of shit:

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The issue I have is with the people who are like "OMG, I wish someone would make new *insert wheel of choice*!" and then in the same breathe disparage the idea of replicas when they see it in practice.

I'm inclined to believe those individuals are just following the crowd around them, and further feed into some of these astronomical values we see for parts for these cars; not just wheels, but ANYTHING with a tuner's name on it.

You could probably sell the manufacturing/quality control labels from said items to people on here. I honestly would not be surprised if someone bought it.

Again, these are nice wheels, and look great on a multitude of cars (especially the W201). I personally just don't see the reason for the constant hype and ridiculous prices.

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Again, these are nice wheels, and look great on a multitude of cars (especially the W201). I personally just don't see the reason for the constant hype and ridiculous prices.
They look great (as you say). Were top-of-the-line when new. Limited supply. Intricate 3pc. design. No nice alternatives.

What's so hard to understand?
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