From digest.v7.n589 Fri Nov 14 09:46:32 1997
From: Louis Goldsman <goldsman_at_ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 23:59:23 -0800
Subject: Wheels (Wesco)
Ed Mellinger asked about getting BMW E34 takeoff wheels to use on his E28.
He asked about a company he heard about in the L. A. area that is a big
vendor of BMW wheels. The company he asked about is Wesco Track & Tire
located at 8441 Sepulveda Blvd., Sepulveda, CA 91343 (a suburb of L. A.).
Their phone number is 818-894-3700 (FAX 818-894-7990).
Wesco is not so much a dealer in BMW wheels as a supplier of aftermarket
wheels to new car dealers. (You know, so when you buy your new BMW the
dealer can charge you $2,000 extra to take those forged alloy wheels off
your hands in exchange for chrome plated whatsyamacallit wheels.) This is
really big business in Southern California (surprise!). New car dealers
down here routinely put aftermarket wheels on the new cars in the showroom.
They generally change the tires as well.
I first dealt with Wesco when I bought my M5 in 1990. I kept the factory
wheels, with the bolt-on turbine blades, but Wesco chrome plated the wheels
and painted the turbines and center caps black to match the car. (Without
some change the car looked like it had whitewall tires!) (Phil M. - you
already poked me in the ribs about my wheels!) Since then I've spoken with
several new car dealers that have and do deal with Wesco, everybody had good
things to say.
There is another source for factory takeoffs - Used Rim, Inc., 3545 San
Gabriel River Parkway, Pico Rivera, CA 90660. Telephone 1-800-USEDRIM or
562-908-8812 (FAX- 562-908-8821). All they deal in is factory wheel
takeoffs. They generally have a big selection of both new and used wheels
for almost any car. (M. P. - They don't sell tires either). I bought a set
of the 91 M5 factory wheels with the cooling turbine blades (no chrome, no
paint) for my track tires from Used Rim. A painless exercise.
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