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    Posted: 07-Oct-2009 at 22:15
My OEM BBS Madras rims *need* to be refinished (stupid machined-finish barrels). I'm gonna suck it up and keep them as my winters, because refinishing would likely cost as much or more than what I could sell them for (and they are worth nothing as-is - see pics).

So, what should I do? Silver barrels on black centres? Gunmetal? Satin black? OE finish?




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PS - FWIW, I never would have used these as my winters, but the PO did, and they were already crappy when I got the car, and had basically new snow tires, so I just stuck it out for 3 seasons.
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  Quote squish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Oct-2009 at 22:46
i feel the same way except that in the south we don't use winter tires. i love the way the wheels (are supposed to) look, but mine are so bad, that they are beginning to throw balancing weights. BBS recommends a place in town called wheel wizard that can refinish for $140/wheel. but mine are so corroded, they would probably charge much more.
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  Quote haktifosi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Oct-2009 at 23:05
fix them (to oe finish) if you can. those wheels are the most desirable (in my opinion) for a sport packaged '03 or newer W8. to be sure, in the US (and maybe worldwide), the first W8's wore atlanta's as standard 16's because of the brakes and then the 17" madras were standard on the sport packaged W8's introduced in 2003 until the end of the run? did any other rims come standard for the W8 regardless of year? i love the way they look on the car. it's perfect.

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  Quote squish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2009 at 06:31
i've seen a total of four wheels offered on the W8. madras, atlanta, a 17" multispoke for the last year, and an 18" BBS that has fewer spokes than the madras (almost a five-point star look)
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  Quote BlueSteW8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2009 at 10:46
The 18" BBS VZ is the best looking, though the Madras is very nice.
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  Quote flea121 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2009 at 10:52
Originally posted by BlueSteW8

The 18" BBS VZ is the best looking, though the Madras is very nice.


+1

I was lucky enough to have them on mine when I got it before I knew what they were.
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  Quote BlueSteW8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2009 at 10:58
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Originally posted by BlueSteW8

The 18" BBS VZ is the best looking, though the Madras is very nice.


+1

I was lucky enough to have them on mine when I got it before I knew what they were.


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  Quote haktifosi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2009 at 11:09
good to know. vz's are rarest as well? can someone find a picture of what vw wanted them to look like on the w8? did they change ride height or anything like speed calibration? what size tires did they put on it? vz's look great, so do the madras. i had no idea 18's were a factory option. awesome!
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  Quote haktifosi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2009 at 11:29
found. they look great.

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  Quote fitzski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Oct-2009 at 21:04
Went with bright silver rims/barrels with gunmetal centres (same colour as my RG-Rs)... I'll post pics when I get them back. It'll be another couple of months before I get them on the car, tho.

They would have done colour matched centres, but I'm not sure how that would have looked, and also would have negated any possibility of selling them.

I like the Madras, though I wish they were a couple of pounds lighter.
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