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Only slightly OT, but we have a shop here which straightens and repairs wheels. On my last visit, there was an Escalade with Chicom 22" FunkMasterFlash dubs and no-sidewall tires having both front wheels straightened from impacts with winter potholes and curbs.Yes, you can get high quality wheels in the aftermarket just like when buying anything else. You just have to be aware that depending on the manufacturer they may not be made to the same performance standards. Also, manufacturers in the US at least are required to provide information on what loads wheels were tested to (specifically the GAWR ratings that are used to determine actual test loads).
When I mentioned the questionable engineering of that aftermarket conversion, the shop manager said, "Our owner is in Hawaii for two weeks right now with his family on the profits from selling and then repairing that crap. The most profitable ones are the lifted Ram Cummins 2500s. They eat those cheap wheels like popcorn."