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Old 05-02-2009, 07:02 PM   #1
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Identifying orignal Viggen wheels vs reproductions

Is there a stamping or something I can look at to tell me which wheel(s) are factory oringal Viggen wheels?

While examining the wheels on my Viggen the other day I noticed that one wheel is different from the other three. It has much less cosmetic wear on it and the shine is a little different, I think it looks very good.

The other three wheels are showing heavy cosmetic wear and the finish isn't as nice.

So, maybe the single nice wheel is a reproduction and much newer which is why it looks so good. Or maybe single good condition wheels is factory original and stands better to time/wear than the aftermarket wheels.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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Could have been damaged and then replaced
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:08 PM   #3
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The reproduction Viggen wheel is a Moda (brand) R1 (model).

I would remove the wheel and look at the casting marks on the back of the hub, I suspect they will be stamped with manf. info.
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:21 AM   #4
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I should update this thread with my findings.

I rotated my tires recently and inspected each wheel when removed. All 4wheels had Saab cast on the back of a spoke, along with identical manufacturing info cast as well. So it looks like they are all factory Viggen wheels.

The interesting bit:

On 3 of the wheels, the entire rim behind the spokes was painted/coated a dark gray color and one wheel on the rim behind the spokes was painted/coated a light silver color. I'm guessing maybe the one wheel was replaced and is from a later MY.
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