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Oct 18, 2022
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Melbourne, Australia
2010.5 BMW 135i, 2010 Audi Q5, 2019 Rangie Sport
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As I have got older and (hopefully) wiser, I have become more and more suspect when it comes to aftermarket wheels. The reality is that the car companies do a huge amount of engineering to ensure that the wheels they supply on a car are as good as they can be for the price. This shows when you compare many OEM wheels with aftermarket ones in how they attach to the car - like precision fit hub centric with semi-sleeved lug nuts versus just tapered lug nuts for aftermarket.

Regardless of this, I do still like the look that you get with "some" aftermarket wheels regardless of their often inferior mechanical designs. I have currently got the bead-lock capable wheels on my Raptor order (though it is not too late to change that) however these Icon wheels piqued my interest:

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Though they clearly use tapered lug nuts which I'm definitely not a fan of... Having never owned a Ranger before, I don't know what the Ford wheels are like - do they also just use tapered lug nuts? In which case you would not be loosing anything by going aftermarket.

Does anyone have any experience or rational opinion on the topic?