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So im stuck between deciding on these two rims. Let me know what you guys think would look good on my car. I had someone photoshop the Borbet rims on my car already. Just to give you guys an idea. So let me know what you guys think! Thanks!
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Rim 2

The first ones look like Volvo rims.
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I like the Borbets better on the 9-3; they are more Saab-like. The ASAs are more common and are typically seen on VWs. In fact, these are very similar to the wheels on my Passat W8.
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Definately option 2. They are BBS style rims, made using the same technology but half the price.


I am saving for similiar rims, but going BBS!


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well i have the borbet so..









i think it's personal preference. i think the borbets are much more european looking, versus a more american style in the asa. i also feel the asa are a very VW look versus a more sophisicated saab/audi look on the borbets. it's completely up to you, good luck!
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Those Borbets are indeed nice, but IMO, no rim is more EURO than the real BBS....cant go wrong with those two choices. Post pics when you take the plunge!


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....cant go wrong with those two choices. Post pics when you take the plunge!
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I agree...I don't think you will make a mistake with either of them. Look forward to seeing your choice.
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ide vote for rim 2 but in black
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i prefer the asa's. i was going to get a set for mine eventually.
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the 18" Borbets get my vote.
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Hmm. Seems pretty even. I was also thinking about getting either rim I choose powder coated a semi gloss black. The ASA all black even the lip. Yah or Nah?

Oh and by the way anyone have some good photshop skills? Maybe do me a favor and photoshop the ASA's on to my car, using the picture above. Thanks!
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Now that you've see the borbets.. here's the ar1's. Hope this helps.






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Those are uber sexy! Those really offset the Black nice, anyone got any pics of those ASA's on a Steel Grey? How do you find the weight of those rims?

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How do you find the weight of those rims?

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I didn't notice a change. However, I'm not one that would probably notice a difference. I can tell you in a month when I put on my 15" winter tires on. Still not an apples to apples comparison though.
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Definitely ASA
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Now that you've see the borbets.. here's the ar1's. Hope this helps.





I think I just made my decision! Thanks for the pics. They really helped.
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If you are buying from tirerack (like I did) I went with 235/40/18 tires instead of the 225 I think it is. I don't believe you have the option to do this online (I called after placing my order). Reasons for this is I wanted a slightly thicker sidewall because of the larger gap on the linear.

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Great thanks! Im thinking of just ordering just the rims first. Then once I save up some money get the tires. i was think of getting a little thicker tire, but I have lowering springs(megan racing springs) so Im not sure how that will look. Also I'm going through a local wheel shop and there charging me a lot for the rims. $189 a rim!! Its crazy huh? Yeah I told them about tirerack.com and how its cheaper. I didnt order them yet. Im going to try and get the price down first
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