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Old 12-21-2007, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Courtshark View Post
That seems crazy to me... spend that kind of dough for 3 piece wheels and they increase your insprung weight? My Kinesis wheels, which look pretty damn similar to these Speedlines, weigh far less. I'd bet they weigh less than the speedlines even with tires mounted on them.
Well that isn't quite true. The Kenises you have or the Fikse's I have weigh about 3 to 4 pounds less per wheel which is a lot but tires for these wheels will weigh between 20 and 27 pounds depending on brand so you can offset the wheel weight with the tire weight if weight is that important to you. Although some of the Kenisis and Fikse's might have forged centers they have cast inner barrels and spun outer like the Speedlines although much thinner gage. For track use the speedlines are heavy but still no more than most any other factory 18" wheel. Even the BBS LM standard weighs in at 22.11 pounds for the magnesium centered wheel. So if your going with 18"s then you are going to have heavy wheels. The difference between the Speedlines, aftermarket versions of and your Kenisis or Fikse's is they will not hold up as well on your standard streets filled with ruts or pot holes. The speedlines added weight will not bend or crack anywhere near as easily.

I was leading a friend in my turbo and I hit a nice rut at about 80 mph he hit the same rut immediately after. My speedlines suffered no damage his RH replicas waffled so bad it had to be replaced. So as they say you get what you pay for.

I do agree that although I like the 3 piece cup wheel look better than most designs I only worry about having the speedlines on my turbo because they are original to the car. With the tremendous upward market swing with the 94 turbo original speedlines are a must and if they were refinished most likely The SPEEDLINE for PORSCHE etching has been removed which is worth 50% of their value and cannot be replicated.

So Although these are not for everyone they have become a commodity by themselves with many willing to pay a premium both new and used. That is one major difference between the speedlines and aftermarket versions. You might pay $4k new for Kenisis and sell them used for $1900 as where the speedlines are $5k new and will sell for $4200 used so long as the etching is in tact.

BTW if you have the Kensis Alesio's which look like the 993 Speedlines (sight indent on the spokes) they stopped making them because of serious cracking issues. If these are the ones you have you are Ok but I recommend checking for cracks as often as you can. Some have been known to have the centers crack and fail.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:18 AM
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I saw theses on Mel's car just great, but too pricey for me I went with these BBS's.
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