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  1. almac

    18" Pretoria Reps - Thoughts

    Same tyres on both wheels buddy, SuperSports 👍
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    18" Pretoria Reps - Thoughts

    Pretty sure it was more than 1kg per corner but can't remember now, did it years ago. The 19" Pretoria with tyre was close to the same weight as a 18" Pro Race 1.2 wheel with a tyre. As for the rep's seeming stronger, VAG will spent all sorts on testing components and that the cheaper option won't used for good reason. As for reports of damage, there are loads more original Pretoria's on the road than copies, which would account for more being damaged, and from the folk i have seen report damage, most of the time due to crap road surfaces or people running them underinflated. I've read all sorts from those who will try to justify spending less on something that looks similar. In my many years of messing with cars, i have yet to come across a rep that was in fact stronger than an original wheel, and in this case, even if it was (not sure how that would be possible based on the composition of the material used), it definitely isn't lighter (which makes a notable difference to performance and handling etc). Do a google on it - the same things pop up time and again about replica wheels.. Disadvantages of Replica Wheels Often use lower quality material prone to cracking May not meet safety regulations Can be much heavier than OEM wheels Can reduce value of the car compared with OEM May require adapters or spigot rings to fit properly People (correctly) have an issue with the horrendous cost of a genuine Pretoria wheel from VW and it is known that you can get a set of copies for the price of one new genuine wheel from VW. Personally I'd sooner spend money on a properly designed aftermarket wheel that is decent in its own right than something that looks similar to an OEM item, but isn't the OEM item. I have a set of black genuine 19" Pretoria's in the garage - they are very very pretty
  3. almac

    5 cylinder r testing

    Just wait a couple of months from release and the chances are you’ll be able to lease one for pennies, same as last time.
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    Fitting VWR Oil Cooler MK7R.

    If you get an oil cooler, would be worth considering an oil pressure gauge as well 👍. As mentioned above, one with thermostatic control would be worthwhile 👍
  5. almac

    19' Cadiz Wheels

    They are heavier than equivalent sized Pretoria’s and rarer than Pretoria’s although still subject to the usual white rot same as the 18” Cadiz. It’s all down to what you want the car to look like at the end of the day. The cars I’ve seen lowered a bit with 19” Cadiz wheels looks awesome 😎
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    Pretoria Alloys - Aftermarket

    Maybe because there are loads more genuine ones out there. Having been in to cars for a long time, copies are typically never anywhere near as good as any original. And there is no reason why this particular wheel would be any different than any other OE VAG wheel from the likes of the S3/RS3 etc etc
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    Worried about warranty...

    If you are scared to tune over warranty worries and want to go faster, you need a faster car to start with buddy. Agreed on the pairing with a tuner and warranty being maintained though.
  8. almac

    18" Pretoria Reps - Thoughts

    Where are your facts to back that up buddy?
  9. almac

    Pretoria Alloys - Aftermarket

    Presumably isn’t really conclusive buddy. What if the previous owner couldn’t be arsed checking the pressure, or had a slow puncture and hit the hole with 10PSI at 60mph.
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    Pretoria Alloys - Aftermarket

    Personally, there is no way I’d be putting replica wheels on a £20k-£30k car. People can kid themselves as much as they want, but copies are heavier and weaker. If cheaper materials on wheels were better, they’d be on from the factory. Quality and strength can’t be judged by appearance alone, and you’ll definitely notice the car being a little less lively with that extra weight on each corner.
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    18" Pretoria Reps - Thoughts

    Just my opinion but the 18” Pretoria’s look a bit weird. Also, copies will neither be as strong or light as originals. I remember weighing my 19” genuine Pretoria’s against standard 18” Cadiz (including tyres) and the Pretoria’s were lighter. In fact they were almost as light as Pro Rave 1.2’s in 18” form.
  12. almac

    New MK7.5 owner

    Welcome and enjoy! Car looks great !
  13. almac

    Soon to be new owner!

    Welcome, car looks mint 👍
  14. almac

    Pro Race 1.2s

    Get the ones that are direct fit - less hassle and if you do a track day, you don't have to worry about melting the spigots.
  15. almac

    Hurdy’s 7.5R

    Was good to see you at VAG Tuner Hurdy! Looking forward to seeing this develop
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