Bavarian-Board.co.uk - BMW Owners Discussion Forum Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > Technical & Model Specific Forums > BMW 3 Series
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Replica Alpina Wheel Center
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login

Topic ClosedReplica Alpina Wheel Center

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Message
alarustic View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie


Joined: 23-February-2004
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Direct Link To This Post Topic: Replica Alpina Wheel Center
    Posted: 23-June-2004 at 17:38

In short, i've lost the centre cover for my alpina wheels. They're not real Alpina's, they're replicas (better word than fake!). Pic:

Anyway, where can I get a replacement? I've a feeling this is going to be a real pain in the neck! It was caused by a mechanic not replacing it properly - one of those 'if you want something done properly, do it yourself' situations!  



Edited by alarustic
Back to Top
Sponsored Links


Back to Top
paul325i View Drop Down
Really Senior Member II
Really Senior Member II
Avatar

Joined: 23-January-2003
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 666
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-June-2004 at 00:46

Most stockets of these wheels will sell the centres, about £6 a piece.



Visit My BMW
Got an E30? Visit The E30 Zone
Back to Top
alarustic View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie


Joined: 23-February-2004
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-June-2004 at 01:14

Thanks Paul - do you know of any online stockists?

The wheels came with the car so I have no idea where they came from originally, and the only places on the 'net I've been able to find seem to be selling complete sets!

Back to Top
mjones21 View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie
Avatar

Joined: 10-June-2004
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 50
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-June-2004 at 10:26
Ive got same problem, though mine is only 15" OZ, once centre missing cant get one! Tried shops but they say they cant order one!
BMW 325 TDS (1995) a/c, (will insert picture)
Back to Top
M3AG View Drop Down
Really Senior Member II
Really Senior Member II
Avatar
7 series & e36 m3 registrar! (Madness)

Joined: 17-October-2002
Location: Good Old Hertfordshire
Status: Offline
Points: 1644
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-June-2004 at 15:29
what about good old eBay?
Back to Top
Webdunk View Drop Down
Moderator Group
Moderator Group
Avatar
M3 GT Register

Joined: 16-October-2002
Location: Central Scotland
Status: Offline
Points: 5245
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-June-2004 at 15:42
You're Edinburgh based aren't you...?

Try Ripspeed out at Straiton, Drivers in Glasgow, Demon Tweeks (Mail Order) or the wheel place (whose name escapes me) at Fountainbridge...
Back to Top
alarustic View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie


Joined: 23-February-2004
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-June-2004 at 17:58

Thanks guys. I've tried ebay - nothing!

I tried Ripspeed today - and they mumbled some rubbish about there being loads of different types of replicas so the cant order the centre caps!

I'll try the place at fountain bridge tomorrow. Hopefully they'll be able to do something.

Back to Top
M3AG View Drop Down
Really Senior Member II
Really Senior Member II
Avatar
7 series & e36 m3 registrar! (Madness)

Joined: 17-October-2002
Location: Good Old Hertfordshire
Status: Offline
Points: 1644
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-June-2004 at 08:51
have a look at cooks ferry's site (they're in N London), they normally do Alpina replica parts.
Back to Top
alarustic View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie


Joined: 23-February-2004
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-June-2004 at 08:59

Been a bit too busy to look into this center cap problem of mine (but how it spoils the look of the car!). Anyway, found that cooks ferry sites and emailed them asking if they can help. Thanks!

They do the Alpina replicas for £85 or so each! That's cheap! There must be a gulf in quality between these replica's and the real thing! I imagine the replica's are much heavier, too. I wonder how diferently the car would drive with real Alpinas. Anyone have any experience?

Back to Top
Geezer View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 22-November-2004
Status: Offline
Points: 8
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-November-2004 at 09:23

I've just joined (new member) and have been looking for these for the past 2 months. Nobody seem to do them.

Did anybody have any luck in finding them?

Just a thought, but would genuine wheel centres fit the replica alloys?

Back to Top
kenny View Drop Down
Senior Member II
Senior Member II
Avatar

Joined: 03-June-2004
Location: Scotland
Status: Offline
Points: 214
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-November-2004 at 10:13

Dont think genuine ones are the same as they appear to have a proper locking mechanism on them.

I lost one of my centre caps and found nobody stocked the cap like mines. Ended up just treating myself to a new (second hand) set of wheels.

only prob is the old wheels are taking up space in my hut now!

Alive.........but for how long?

1999 V E46 318se Black with grey leather
Back to Top
Geezer View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 22-November-2004
Status: Offline
Points: 8
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-November-2004 at 11:20

You wouldn't want to sell me your wheel centres would you? (considering they're not the full set)?? And provided they're the right ones of course??

Back to Top
328i View Drop Down
Senior Member I
Senior Member I
Avatar

Joined: 03-August-2004
Location: West London
Status: Offline
Points: 134
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-November-2004 at 09:38

Snap! I had this happen to me twice, Same side but the back wheel. Luckily I found it again, Twice! I had to get a new set of Alpina's coz one of mine was cracked & buckled & I couldn't get a single for love nor money for my car, only E30 & E39. The others were in crap nick so replaced all four. Bloke before me used curbs as a parking guide, when you hear the scrape your parked. I'd lay money on your wheels being BK171's. Mine are & are identical in every way caps included to the old ones. The shops will give you a load of rubbish about depends where they were made & what the number on the back says (neither of which I could find) but just say they are BK's & you should be ok. I'd measure the diameter of the caps you've got & count the pegs just to be safe but more then likely to be BK's. Cant believe people are having so much trouble finding centre caps, lost count of the number of BM's i've seen with Alpina reps. Hope this helps,

Dean.

2001 540i Sport, Silver, Black Leather
Back to Top
alarustic View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie


Joined: 23-February-2004
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-November-2004 at 12:08

My wheels did turn out to be BKs and I got a cap no problem once I'd worked this out!"

Back to Top
Geezer View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 22-November-2004
Status: Offline
Points: 8
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-November-2004 at 05:26

Where did you get them from in the end?

Mine are 158mm in diameter, were yours the same?

Back to Top
Geezer View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 22-November-2004
Status: Offline
Points: 8
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-December-2004 at 10:50

Somebody must have some ideas where I can get a hold of these 2 plastic discs?

Back to Top
alarustic View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie


Joined: 23-February-2004
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 70
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-December-2004 at 13:28

Geezer here are a couple of pics of mine, BK's they are!

I measured them 15cm in diameter.

If these are the ones for you, find a dealer at this website http://www.bkracing.co.uk/

I called around those in Edinburgh and someone had them in stock. Easy as that, £20 inc. badge. Someone wanted to charge me £30 so do phone around.

Back to Top
Geezer View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 22-November-2004
Status: Offline
Points: 8
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-December-2004 at 04:39
Thanks for your help
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down



This page was generated in 0.219 seconds.