I'm sure someone will eventually bring up, "Rotas will crack" story from long ago,but I've never met anyone here who's "cracked" their Rotas. But if they can handle the roads in the Philippines, pretty sure they can handle the roads in the US.
I guess if someone hasn't really been in the Philippines, no one will really know how traffic is "in the Philippines". Rota wheels are perfect for countries like the Philippines...why, that's because the fastest you can go on a highway/freeway is about 55 miles per hours. Side roads and surface streets... you can go about 20 - 25 miles per hour. And traffic there is very bad; bumper-to-bumper. That's why Rota wheels aren't really driven hard and push to their limits. Here's in the U.S. people drive like crazy in the freeway or surface streets.
Believe me I know how bad traffic is in the Philippines, it's so bad that it's faster to get where you need to go if you were to walk, haha. What I was referring to were the potholes and rough roads, even going 20-25 mph can cause damage especially if you're running low profile tires.
Also I never said that Rota's or knockoffs or replicas were better than the original wheels, what I meant was that they aren't that bad to have. I think they are fine for everyday street driving.I understand that many are angry at Rota for copying "real" wheels and selling off cheaper copies, believe it or not, I agree with you, I too wish they would come up their own unique design of wheels. But many that will buy Rotas, buy them for looks and not performance and will only ever drive on the street. So they are perfectly happy with getting that "good" looking wheel for 1/4 the price of the real ones. Not everyone can afford to buy the "Real" wheels, and since the Dori Dori have been discontinued long ago, most used sets will cost $2-2.5k for a nice set. I'm not complaining about the prices since I agree that supply and demand can drive up the cost of things. Which is why all I have on my car are a set of XXR's , perfectly fine for the street. Now if a nice set of "real" wheels came up for sale and they were the right price for me at the right time, then I would grab em up, but until then I'm happy with what i got knowing what I expect from them, i.e. daily driving and occasional autox.