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    Default Your experiance of aftermarket 19" rims vs snowflakes for cracks

    Has anyone swapped their 19" snowflakes for aftermarket 19's because they kept craking and found the problem to go away. Are the snowflakes just a **** poor quality, or is it more an inherant part of having very little sidewall on such a heavy car? (2.8t)

    I'm sick of replacing mine, but have a nearly new set of tyres. I'm contemplating a set of BBS reps or something other than snowflakes to get the wear out of my tyres. Alternativly, I can stick my spare 18" sportstars on, but i'd like to use them on my other car, an astra coupe turbo at some point.

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    change your tyre profile from 35's to 40's thats what im doing with my vxr rims as one has cracked in 3 places

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    Ran 19's for about 7 years now and never had any crack.

    Had a few sets of Dare alloy wheels with 215/35/19 tyres on my Astra coupe and now run Kahn wheels with 245/35/19 for the last 2 years and no cracks.

    Hit a few big pot holes too,

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    Same here I have never had a problem with snowflakes however I'm looking at getting a set of BBS LM's for a change

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    The snowflakes are **** imho for cracking. Out of the four on my old car one cracked once and another was cracked twice. Glad I have the XP2 wheels now.

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    majority of the time they crack because they have not got enough air in the tyres. i run my snowflakes 245/35/19 on 42-44 psi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    Ran 19's for about 7 years now and never had any crack.

    Had a few sets of Dare alloy wheels with 215/35/19 tyres on my Astra coupe and now run Kahn wheels with 245/35/19 for the last 2 years and no cracks.

    Hit a few big pot holes too,
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    majority of the time they crack because they have not got enough air in the tyres. i run my snowflakes 245/35/19 on 42-44 psi.
    Exactly as they said...

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    So mixed thoughts from you guys. Hmmm, what to do..... I really like the snowies, but I dont know I can stomach replacing three of them, just for them to crack again. Whislt I understand the risk posed by low tyre pressures, mine have always been hight in the 40+ psi range and they've still cracked. I cant say ive never hit a pot hole, no matter how carefull you are ones bound to catch you out, but ive never hit anything perticually bad.

    I fitted 4 new vredestien ultrac sessantas and one brand new wheel a couple of months back. I cleaned and polished the rims inside out and examined them meticulasly before they went back on. I checked them again the other week and all but the new rim have cracks in them now! Its bleeding ridiculas, and I know ive hit nothing in that time. I wonder if they just fatigue and weeken with time?

    I had the 18" sporstars with 225/35/18 tyres on my coupe for 7 years and not a scratch, I know how to look after rims and avoid holes.

    Can I ask, those who havnt had a problem, whats your front axle weights? I'm wondering if theres a pattern with the heavyer v6's suffering more than the 4 pots.
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    i am in the same situation,had three of mine crack now and have had the tyre pressures checked every week.
    thinking of going down to 18s due to rubbish roads round here.
    the worst part is i just replaced the rear tyres and since found another crack in the front wheel.

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    I've had my snowiest on now for 2 1/2 years and no issues yet... I make sure the pressures are always correct and I do tend to swerve around the road avoiding the potholes ... I'm interested in the fact of has anyone tried 40 profile tyres instead of 35.. And does it make much difference...

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