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Old 03-11-2011, 01:42 PM
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:44 AM
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Richard, they are Supremes

. . . thanks guys, I really like them
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Paulie9fingers View Post
Richard, they are Supremes

. . . thanks guys, I really like them
Have you guys had 'issues' with Astro Supremes?

There have been cases here in NZ where the welds holding the centre to the rims have cracked, generally this can only be seen on the back of the wheel, best seen when the wheel is off the car and invariably involved two or three of the 'spokes'.

There have been several instances of this on different cars, there has been some comment that these wheels are assembled at four different sites so it may be that one plant has a problem.

Here is an unauthorised quote on them:

"The rim on the wheels that LVVTA has examined carry DOT markings, implying that the rim complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. However, LVVTA believes that this DOT-compliance only covers the actual rim itself, and not the completed (with centre) wheel assembly

After discussion with the LVVTA Technical Adivsory Committee, many LVV Certifiers throughout NZ, and outside experts, it is LVVTAs opinion that these wheels are of a very poor design (even aside from the poor weld quality), and are very unsafe. LVVTA believes that these wheels should not be used, and LVV Certifiers will be instructed not to approve any such wheels for LVV certification if presented, irrespective of condition. One of the problems is that because of the design, even if a set of wheels hasnt cracked at the time of a vehicle's LVV certification inspection, it is most likely that it's just a matter of time before they do.

The rims are manufactured in two pieces, each piece is chrome-plated, and then the two sections are welded together. A likely cause of the weld failure is that the welds were deliberately carried out at very low heat so as not to damage the chrome on the front face. Despite that, the overall design is, in LVVTA's opinion, very poor".
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