THE HUNT FOR THE UNICORN

Days slowly turned into weeks as we searched high and low to find the classic BBS RS 001 wheels for our BMW 2002 in a hard to find 15×7-inch diameter with an even more challenging +25mm offset that has long been discontinued by BBS. Of course, new BBS RS “copies” do exist in the market but with the caliber of this vehicle build and our reputation as well as the reputation of our partners on the line, we were determined to find an authentic set! With the vehicle already at CoupeKing, and the teardown completed, it was vital that we moved quickly to track down our perfect wheels. At the height of our desperate search, an industry contact gave us a tip and with a quick call to VR Wheels, located in the City of Industry, we got ahold of owner, Jack Tao. Jack, a really nice guy, told us he just might have what we were looking for but he would have to check his inventory and give us a call back. Within a couple of hours (which felt like a couple of weeks), Jack delivered the good news: He had located a set of RS wheels, virtually forgotten, deep in the bowels of his warehouse. And the icing on the cake was, not only were the wheels in good condition, but they were the correct width and offset for our application! JACKPOT!  A quick inspection prior to purchase revealed a few nicks and dings along with a serious case of clear coat corrosion, all relatively minor issues that will be addressed by VR Wheels with a full refinishing prior to mounting. Stay tuned for some tasty images of our wheel beautification process.

Alyson Yarberry