Are replica rims worth it ?

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Replica rims, or knock offs, are always going to be on the scene and there is a reason for it. We would say that the major reason that they exist is because people like the look of a style but can’t afford to buy the name-brand ones. That is just life, sometimes things are too expensive so you can get something that looks like it. There’s RC cola instead of Coca-Cola, there’s off brand Nikes, and the list will always go on.

Sometimes in the tuning scene people will look down on replicas, because they are trying to look like another brand. Which we can get to some extent, but in this article we will look more into knock off rims. And we don’t use that term with a negative tone for total clarity.

Buying Knock Off Rims – what are the risks?

When shopping for cheap and knock-off rims, it is important to do your research ahead of time. These types of wheels are often made from inferior materials that can impact how well your vehicle performs on the road. While we can get that there is a cost for a name, there is also a reason that these names are usually expensive. Forged rims take more time to make with a higher level of skill and machines needed. So while you might get something that looks identical to a forged set they just won’t have the same capabilities.

This is probably the biggest thing to keep in mind is that by saving some money you might not get the longevity that you are expecting out of them. Additionally, many of these wheels are not manufactured with quality control measures in place, meaning you could end up with a product that is substandard compared to what you expected.

The final aspect is the overall performance, as there is a good chance that the replica rims are going to be heavier than the higher-end rims. But is that worth saving the money? Unless you are chasing specific drag times or tracking your car, you probably won’t notice that much of a difference. But that is a question only you can answer.

Quality Compared to OEM

When it comes to car rims, few debates are as contentious as the discussion of “cheap and knock off” rims compared to their original manufacturer (OEM) counterparts. On one hand, some argue that OEM rims provide superior quality, while others contend that knocking off a rim is just as good – if not better – in terms of price and performance. So which option should you choose? The answer depends on your budget, the look you’re going for and what kind of performance you need from your wheels.

aftermarket rims on shelves in a garage

In terms of quality, OEM rims usually win out over cheap knock-offs. This is due to several factors: firstly, OEM rims are designed by experts who understand all aspects of wheel construction, whereas knock-off manufacturers may not have the same level of knowledge or experience when designing their wheels. OEM rims are tested and used by all the people that buy the cars, so you know they will be made to the highest level of quality as possible.

Compare this to a smaller run of knock offs, there is a chance that there are issues and in turn can end up putting you, and your car, in a bad position.

Cost Analysis

Are cheap and knock off rims worth it?

When you start out your journey to get some new rims you may be tempted to go with a cheaper option. After all, why spend more when you can get something similar at a lower cost? But is this really the best idea?

On one hand, cheap and knock-off rims are often much less expensive than name brand options. Generally speaking, these wheels are made of lower-quality materials that are also heavier in weight which means they won’t last as long or provide as much support. However, if you’re looking for a short term solution at an affordable price point, they may be worth it. Only you can know if it is worth it or not.

Potential Issues

Cheap rims can often appear appealing due to their lower cost than designer ones, however they are usually made with inferior materials and manufacturing processes. This means that they could wear out much quicker and require replacement sooner than expected. Additionally, they can be weaker and less durable compared to designer models, which means that they could break easily or not offer sufficient protection while driving at high speeds or on uneven terrain.

black rims with silver studs around the outside
multi-spoke rims in a nice matte black finish

So if you are drifting around and don’t care about them, I would probably go for the cheaper rims which might be counterintuitive. I figure that you might bump into something and get some rash. And I would much rather have a scratched-up $100 rim than a scratched $1000 one. But others would argue that having a high end rim might actually help you drift better, so is it worth it? Again, only you will know.

Pros and Cons


  • Saves money
  • Can be easier to access than limited higher end rims
  • Could allow you to get two sets for the same price as the expensive ones
  • Could have designs that you like better
  • Can use that money for better tires for your car


  • Can be heavier
  • Can reduce fuel economy
  • Less structural integrity
  • People might make fun of you 🙁
  • Can break or crack easier
  • Can be hard to replace if the rims are a small production run

So, as you can see there are pros and cons to each side. And only you can really decide what works best for your situation


Are cheap and knock off rims worth it? This is a question that can be difficult to answer as everyone’s personal preferences are different. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to purchase cheap and knock off rims depends on what you want from them. For those with a tight budget, these rims might be seen as an attractive option due to their low price. However, they may not provide the same performance and quality of more expensive models, which could mean regular replacements and costly repairs down the line.

On the other hand, if your primary objective is to customize your car’s look rather than its performance, then knock off rims could be beneficial for you. They will cost less than their more expensive counterparts but still give you the style that you desire without breaking your bank account in the process.

We haven’t used knock off rims, but have looked at them in the past. I love TE’s but the reality is that I just can’t justify the cost of them. Luckily, I was able to pick up a set of OG Work Emotion Kai’s, but when one broke it took over 2 years to find a replacement. I did look at replica rims to complete the set, but was unable to find something that was close enough that it wouldn’t drive me nuts. At the end of the day do what makes you happy, your car is your property.