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Varrstoen, supporting unoriginality

So I’ve been on a wheel writing kick lately. Today’s focus is on Varrstoen. It seems this company is all about copying design’s, selling them at a fraction of the cost and saturating the wheel market misguiding new enthusiasts to the wheel world.

Now, I’m no wheel snob but it comes to a point where enough should be enough. At least come up with one design thats original or isn’t a 90% copy of a reputable wheel.

Just take a look at Varrstoen’s current wheel offering. The red text is the company and wheel model of the original design.
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And if you’re curious about quality, check out a google search of “varrstoen fail” You’ll see a fair amount of forum posts and pictures demonstrating the Varrstoen quality.

Google search “Varrstoen fail”

Check out this claim on a 370Z forum about a Varrstoen wheel +25mph+pothole. The original post was on an M3 forum.

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(Even had the audacity to put on a BBS centercap)

And also from the same thread on the 370Z forum, a poster found this courtesy of JDM Chicago:

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(This can no longer be found on their page though.)

Varrstoen…why so similar to Enkei?

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You sir, are an imposter!

So I’m going to start off a new category about wheels…

Wheels can totally change the look of a car, making it stand out from the thousands of same make and model cars out there.  The price of wheels and new tires start off in the hundreds, commonly close to a thousand.  But they are one of those modifications that bring instant satisfaction to a car enthusiast.
There are a plethora of wheel companies nowadays that offer highly sought after styles for the budget minded or young budding car enthusiasts.  Main concerns with the replica companies is that they take away business from the companies that develop the original design and the quality and strength of their wheels is often questionable.

So without further delay first feature of genuine vs. imposter!

MTechnica Turbo’s vs. Avid.1 AV.17’s

MTechnica Turbo’s
Avid.1 AV.17’s

The claim can be made that MTechnica’s design isn’t original.  Which I won’t say it is.  They admit the Turbo’s are

Inspired by the Porsche 935 Kremer cars built in the 1980’s Gr.5. We built a strong lightweight concept to fit modern compact cars. Vents and internal fins are functional to help circulate the air between the wheel and brakes.

But in this case I’d say its a question of quality vs design.  A set of MTechnica’s range from $1000 to $1520 a set depending on style choices they offer.  Or Avid.1’s can be had for about half, at $512.  You could basically get a set of AV.17’s with tires for the price of the Turbo’s entry level set alone!

And Avid.1 is strikingly similar in name to the ADV1 wheel company…

What would you choose?

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Avid.1 wheels sad face. :(

Looks like Avid.1 wheel company’s quality is questionable. I’m no wheel snob and don’t mind the replica wheel company’s out there.  I mean, not everyone can afford hard to find original wheels or built to order multi piece wheels.  So some companies bring those classic style’s back with replica’s.  And isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?
Either way, I found these photos on Instagram of Avid.1’s replica of the Schmidt TH line wheels, the AV.03.
What a bummer…

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