How to: Identify genuine CSL's

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How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Raify » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:12 pm

A recent run in with a BMW dealer allows me to make a useful how to:

Replica CSL's have all the correct codes on the front, even the BMW part number. But they're missing "BMW" embossed between the M logo and the centre:

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On the back of genuine CSL's you will find the BBS logo:

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The centre of the genuine wheel has recesses between the bolt holes:

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and the replica does not:

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More pics of the back of replicas:

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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by gannet » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:28 pm

Does this mean you got it all sorted?

useful info :thumbsup:
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Raify » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:34 pm

gannet wrote:Does this mean you got it all sorted?

useful info :thumbsup:
No, still ongoing. :roll:

Despite having ticked the "check for approved wheel and tyre combinations" and "check for all non-approved equipment and inform customer" boxes on the AUC check, they (dealer and BMW UK) maintain that everything is fine. I've asked them for the list of approved wheels so I can see where it says "CSL replica from unknown manufacturer."

Thought this might be useful for prospective buyers, particularly since the only "tell" on the outside is the missing BMW embossing.
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Post by WLH » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:44 pm

Excellent info and thanks for posting... :thumbsup:
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Voodoo » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:52 pm

Superb info. :thumbsup:

Wonder if any kind mods might duplicate this thread into the How To section.

Great work BeeDub, hope you get it sorted with the dealer. :headbang:
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Raify » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:28 pm

Oh, just remembered another "tell" on the outside of the wheel:

The BMW centre cap has 2 silver rings around the outside edge, instead of one.
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Raify » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:18 am

Update:

The Stealers at Dick Lovett have finally identified the manufacturer of my wheels- Outlaw and the model is Anarchist
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by gannet » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:43 am

Raify wrote:Update:

The Stealers at Dick Lovett have finally identified the manufacturer of my wheels- Outlaw and the model is Anarchist
these then: http://www.alloywheels.com/product.asp? ... &PT_ID=126
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Raify » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:49 am

gannet wrote:
Raify wrote:Update:

The Stealers at Dick Lovett have finally identified the manufacturer of my wheels- Outlaw and the model is Anarchist
these then: http://www.alloywheels.com/product.asp? ... &PT_ID=126
Yep, that's them. Although the picture has no BMW codes embossed on the front.
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Rags » Sat May 08, 2010 10:32 am

Hello,
it may be worth stating the correct sizes on this thread.

I have found a set of wheels however I am not convinced they are genuine BMW despite the seller stating otherwise.

Any other distinguisinh features!?

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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Hark » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:26 pm

old thread, but very useful thankyou.
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Pope » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:28 pm

Can you show some real ones with this additional stamp you talk of.
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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by MyNamesNotBob » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:46 pm

Here you go:

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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by harry3747 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:43 am

Thought I would bump this thread up instead of starting a new one

Are genuine csl's also staggered fitment? Also, does anyone know if there is a significant weight difference between genuine and replicas? I'm looking at getting a set soon for my z4mc, but if there isn't a big difference in weight, then I don't see any reason not to get replicas instead?

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Re: How to: Identify genuine CSL's

Post by Liam-O » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:48 am

Theres a massive weight saving or the cash in your pocket. I plan on getting replicas.

Correct me if I'm wrong, genuine only come in 19" but you can get 18" and 19" replicas?
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