Are OE Replica Wheels Worth It?

September 11, 2021

 

The abundance of aftermarket wheels on the internet nowadays is quite simply overwhelming. If you're in the market for a new setup, there's thousands of new unique wheels styles that you could throw on your truck, car, and SUV to level up the look and performance of your ride. 

But, what happens if you want to maintain the factory look just in a bigger (or smaller) size or a different finish?—that's where OE replica wheels come into play. 

Quick Links:

- What are OE replica wheels?

- Popular OE replica wheels

- What is the difference between replica and OE rims?

Are OE replica wheels any good?

- Final Thoughts on OE Replica Wheels

 

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What are OE replica wheels?

OE stands for "original equipment," so OE replica wheels are made to look like factory OE wheels off an F-150, GMC, or Corvette, for example.

And the quality of OE replica wheels is often equal, if not better, to the high quality you get from the factory. 

 

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A silver 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 running the Factory Reproductions Fr55 22x9 +24 wrapped in Toyo Tires Open Country M/t 35

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 | Factory Reproductions Fr55 22x9 +24mm

Besides the potential bump in quality, the biggest advantage of OE replica wheels is the expanded sizes to choose from.

Suppose you love your Chevy snowflake wheels but want to run a 22" wheel instead of the standard 20", for example.

In that case, there are several companies out there, like Factory Reproductions, that offer a Chevy snowflake OE replica wheel with larger sizes. 

 

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A 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the Factory Reproductions Fr59 22x9 +31 wrapped in some Toyo Tires Proxes St Iii 305/45 and riding on Stock Suspension

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Factory Reproductions Fr59 22x9 +31mm

Another advantage of OE replica rims is the large array of finish options that you won't usually see on factory OE wheels.

Milled, metallic, or non-standard finishes aren't typically available from the factory because they want to keep costs low.

With OE replica wheels, you can upgrade to a bigger or smaller wheel size with a unique finish while maintaining the same Chevy snowflake wheel design and high-quality construction.

Not bad, ay?

 

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A 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 running the Factory Reproductions Fr44 24x10 +31 wrapped in the Nitto Terra Grappler G2 305/35 and riding on Stock Suspension

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Factory Reproductions Fr44 24x10 +31mm

When it comes to the price, replacing OE wheels on your truck, car, or SUV directly from the factory can cost significantly more than just ordering from an aftermarket company like Factory Reproductions. And why would you want to do that? 

Put that cash towards the new grill you've been eyein' up or the several DIY house projects you have on your to-do list. 

 

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A 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe running the Factory Reproductions Fr72 22x9 +24 wrapped in Atturo Trail Blade Xt 305/45 and riding on a Maxx Leveling Kit

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe | Factory Reproductions Fr72 22x9 +24mm

 

 

Popular OE replica wheels

Out of all the different OE replica wheel collections on the market, a few consistently top the charts in popularity and availability.

These include Hellcat OE replica wheels, Silverado OE replica wheels, Corvette OR replica wheels, and Mustang replica wheels. 

These collections generally offer the most range in sizes and finishes as well. 

 

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A deep blue 2016 Ford Mustang V6 running OE Performance  178 wheels with Goodyear All season tires and stock suspension

2016 Ford Mustang V6 |  OE Performance 178 18x10 +45

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The OE Silverado wheel design is by far the most popular and recognized OE replica wheel of them all. It's often referred to as the snowflake design because of its split-“Y” spoke design, but the OE replica design offers more size and finish options. 

For example, the Factory Reproductions' Silverado OE replica rim, the FR-59, takes a modern approach to the OE Snowflake design without losing the signature Chevrolet look. 

 

A Chevy Silverado outside a Chevy dealership with OE replica wheels

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Factory Reproduction FR-59 24x10 +31

This modern yet classic design approach is similar to Hellcat OE replica wheel collections. The FR-70 and the FR 77 from Factory Reproductions and the OE Performance 161 OE replica wheel show the original OE design from Dodge with modern styling and even more sizes. 

So, if you wanted to upgrade your Hellcat's wheels and tires to either a staggered setup or a little beefier setup while keeping the original OE look, these wheels would be perfect options. 

 

A 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T running some OE replica wheels from Factory Reproductions

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T | Factory Reproductions Fr73 Front: 20x9.5 +25 Rear: 20x10.5 +30

Plus, you can grab them at much better prices here than if you were to try buying OE rims from the manufacturer, especially if you utilize our low monthly payment financing options with Affirm. Why pay full price upfront when you could spread out your payments and still enjoy life?!

Who would have known you could still complete all your DIY home projects, save for your family vacations, AND get your car or truck a new wheel and tire setup! 

 

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A 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T running some OE replica wheels from Factory Reproductions

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T | Factory Reproductions Fr73 Front: 20x9.5 +25 Rear: 20x10.5 +30

If you think the available OE replica wheel collection stop after Mustangs, Corvette, Dodge cars, and the Chevy Silverado, you'd be mistaken.

There's an OE Replica wheel collection for almost every single successful passenger car, truck, SUV, and performance car out there. 

So, whether you drive a GMC Sierra, a Chevy Corvette, Camaro, truck or SUV, a Ford truck, SUV, or Mustang, a Jeep, or a Cadillac Escalade (the list goes on and on), you're in luck. You can find high-quality OE replica wheels in the sizes and finishes you want without giving up an arm and leg like the manufacture would basically make you do. 

 

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A roller of a black modified Dodge Challenger R/T running OE Replica wheels from Factory Reproductions

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T | Factory Reproductions Fr73 Front: 20x9.5 +25 Rear: 20x10.5 +30

 

 

What is the difference between replica and OE rims?

Replica wheels, or rep wheels, are "copies" of iconic wheel designs that claim to be original.

It's the same idea behind stealing an artist's work and claiming that you made it.

It was acceptable back in kindergarten, but times have changed. 

 

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A white 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 running Factory Reproductions Fr55 24x10 +31 wrapped in the Gladiator Xcomp Mt 35

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Factory Reproductions Fr55 24x10 +31mm

Generally speaking, rep wheels don't have a great reputation because they cut corners in quality to save costs.

If you don't have the budget for actual Moto Metal wheels, for example, you might end up going with a wheel brand that has a similar style as Moto Metal but is less expensive. 

That isn't to say that aftermarket rep wheels are junk, but make sure you read reviews of other people's experiences to gauge how good or poor the quality actually is. 

 

A 2018 Dodge Charger SXT running Factory Reproductions Fr77 wheels in 20x9.5 +15

2018 Dodge Charger SXT | Factory Reproductions Fr77 20x9.5 +15mm

On the other hand, OE rims are original equipment wheels from the factory.

So, the wheels that came on your truck or car from the manufacturer (Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc.) are OE wheels. 

Now, smash those two terms together, and you get "OE replica wheels," which are wheels that are "replicated" based on the wheel design of original equipment (OE) wheels—just as the name suggests.

 

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A close up on the Factory Reproductions Fr77 wheels in 20x9.5 +15 on a Dodge Charger SXT

2018 Dodge Charger SXT | Factory Reproductions Fr77 20x9.5 +15mm

 

 

Are OE replica wheels any good?

OE replica wheels are a great choice if you want to sport the same look as your OE wheels but want more size and finish options.

If you go with OE replica wheels, you're going to get the same, if not better, wheel quality from the manufacturer.

With that being said, not all OE replica wheels are created equal. 

 

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A grey 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T running the Factory Reproductions Fr64 22x10 +18 with Versatyre Trx6000 265/35 and Stock Suspension

2012 Dodge Challenger R/T | Factory Reproductions Fr64 22x10 +18mm

And again, like anything else in the world, you're going to have companies that cut corners to save costs. 

That's why it's important to do your research and read company and product testimonials

 

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A close up on the Factory Reproductions Fr64 22x10 +18  on this Challenger R/T

2012 Dodge Challenger R/T | Factory Reproductions Fr64 22x10 +18mm

One OE replica wheel brand that we constantly recommend is Factory Reproductions and OE Performance.

They both have a massive amount of OE replica wheel collections for several car brands like Chevy, Ford, Dodge, and Jeep—just to name a few.

Whether you own a Trackhawk, Corvette or Camaro, Silverado, F-150, or even an Escalade, Factory Reproductions has a collection for you. 

 

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A lowered, grey 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 with Factory Reproductions Fr60 24x10 +25 and Lionhart Lh-503 305/30 riding on Neuspeed Race springs Lowered 4F / 6R

2004 Dodge Ram 1500 | Factory Reproductions Fr60 24x10 +25mm

Like I've mentioned, OE replica wheels quality is a common question and concern—rightfully so.

Factory Reproductions goes above and beyond with their quality standards, giving you peace of mind when ordering a new setup for your truck, car, or SUV.

 

A grey 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee running the Factory Reproductions Fr63 20x9 +34 wrapped in some tried and true BFGoodrich All Terrain Ta Ko2 275/55 and a AirLinks Leveling Kit

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Factory Reproductions Fr63 20x9 +34mm

They perform quality tests like radial fatigue, cornering, and side-impact tests to ensure their wheels stand the test of time.

Altogether, these quality tests make a massive difference in the wheel's functionality, durability, longevity, and overall safety

Don't settle for knock-off OE replica wheels when you can grab genuine replacement wheels with better quality standards for prices that won't cost you an arm and a leg. 

 

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A close up on the Factory Reproductions Fr63 20x9 +34mm on this grey 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Factory Reproductions Fr63 20x9 +34mm

 

 

 

Final Thoughts on OE Replica Wheels

OE replica wheels are great options for drivers who want a solid wheel setup that's guaranteed to fit your vehicle's style based on manufacturer standards. 

They check all the boxes that you'd want in a wheel regardless, like quality, price, designs, sizes, and finish options. Your truck, SUV, or car won't look out of place and will have the same performance and functionality as it did straight off the dealership parking lot. 

 

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What are OE Replacement Wheels?

 

OE Replacement wheels are similar to OE Replica wheels but are made in the same sizes, offsets, and finishes as your OEM wheels. Replacement wheels are commonly used as a way to replace a broken or blemished factory wheel for a fraction of the cost. One of the best OE Replacement brands on the market right now is Road Ready and they make replacement wheels for everything from Silverados to Smart Cars.

 

 

 

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A silver 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 with the fall trees in the background running the Factory Reproductions Fr55 22x9 +24 wrapped in Toyo Tires Open Country M/t 35

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 | Factory Reproductions Fr55 22x9 +24mm

Here at SD Wheel, we are one of the largest suppliers of OE replica wheels, carrying the most reputable brands out there like Factory Reproductions and OE Performance.

Don't forget, when you package your OE replica wheels from SD Wheel, we'll mount, balance, and ship everything to your doorstep for FREE in as quick as 10 days.