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Buying used rims a good idea?

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Buying used rims a good idea?

I realize that buying used tires is more challenging if you don't know what to look for but what about buying used alloy rims for winter tires? Or is it better buy new (in that case I would buy steel)?
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If the used wheels are badly damaged, it won't seal properly and air would leak out. It would cost avg $100 to fix and clean the lip of each wheels. You can ask the shop to clean and seal for $20 but all they would do is rinse with water and apply sealant glue around the lip and edge of the tires.
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Need to check carefully for slightly“bent” rims (from potholes).

Used aftermarket steel rims usually aren’t as thick/ heavy as OEM and are more likely to get/ be bent
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Hmmm I did find this ad for OEM alloys but I probably won't know what to look for so I'm thinking probably best to buy new https://www.kijiji.ca/v-tires-rims/barr ... nFlag=true
l69norm wrote: Need to check carefully for slightly“bent” rims (from potholes).

Used aftermarket steel rims usually aren’t as thick/ heavy as OEM and are more likely to get/ be bent
Just to clarify - if I do buy used it would be for alloy not steel...they're cheap enough to buy new.
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I'm looking online for tires and wheels and came across something called minus size - not sure I understand what that is. Can I go size below (which would be cheaper)? Tire size is 215/45/R17.
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hierophant wrote: I'm looking online for tires and wheels and came across something called minus size - not sure I understand what that is. Can I go size below (which would be cheaper)? Tire size is 215/45/R17.
Yes aslong as it clear the brake caliper (which it should if you 17" rims). A lot of people are using a size down on winter tires, narrower tire gives better traction on icy road as well. Cost is also cheaper from a set of 18" tires to a set of 17".
But it may affect the speedometer, means you could be driving few km/hr faster than it shows from your car.

Read: https://www.discounttiredirect.com/lear ... r-accuracy

If you choose your car from the online tire retailer, they usually have a suggested winter tire size for you and you can go from there.
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hierophant wrote: I'm looking online for tires and wheels and came across something called minus size - not sure I understand what that is. Can I go size below (which would be cheaper)? Tire size is 215/45/R17.
https://tiresize.com/calculator/

Run it through the calculator tire comparison to keep your speedometer error within 2.5%- 3.0%.

https://www.tyresizecalculator.com/tyre ... calculator

** Altering overall circumference of the tire/rim on AWD vehicles is not recommended as it places undue stress on the vehicle AWD drivetrain.

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